Episode 4

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All questions ever asked and answered on Comic Fuel: All Questions, Ever.

Show Notes

(00:00:00) AudioFuel: Rocky Balboa Lead-in to Show

(00:02:10) Show Opener

Welcome to “Comic Fuel” a podcast that is part of the MakingComics.com gutter talk podcast network. My name is Patrick Yurick and, together, we are going to be searching for the answers that surround art, comic book creation, and the pursuit of living in artist harmony.

(00:02:53) Introduction to Show

(00:12:50) Question 1 Creating Depth

Michael, Poland: I have a problem with shading: in comics, I would like to use the - let's call it Albrecht Durer woodcut-like method of making dots, dashes, curves or straight lines - with their interaction with color - to render different degree of light and shade, and at the same time transmitting a powerful message about the volume and texture of an object. But I get lost and I am desperately looking for guidelines. Thank you a lot in advance for any kind piece of advice!


  • Woodcuts definition
  • 3d makerbot
  • Ted Washington
  • Do lots of texture exercises
  • Commit to one per project
    • Do outlines/contours first, scan, and print out several copies of the page trying different line techniques
    • Another option is not not even do line work at all

Its an older style of creating line art

(00:35:00) AudioFuel: Joseph Campbell - Myth As A Mirror

(00:39:17) Question 2 Writing

Riaz, South Africa: What is the worst things to do with regards to/within a story as a storyteller, and the most overlooked yet obvious missing piece of the puzzle?



(00:55:59) Question 3 Visual Comic Vocabulary Resources

Maria, Russia: Do you have some "library" of most useful technics depict emotions, movement etc? When you think about picture falling down object. Are you already know that it should be putting from the left top corner of the page with some dotted line going down etc?


(01:00:00) Question 4 Drawing For Exposure

Paige from Los Angeles: Are there any risks or downsides to posting lots or even all of your drawings and artwork on Tumblr or similar when starting out in comics art? Is there still such a thing as "too much" or overexposure these days?


(01:16:00) Question 5 Story vs Art

CorvusAlbus from Poland: What is more important in comics, story or drawings?



(01:27:00) AudioFuel: Martha Wainwright (Employee of the Month)

(01:30:36) Question 6 When Art Isn’t Fun Anymore

Kianna: I feel as though making comics, or drawing and sketching in general isn't fun anymore. I'm always comparing my work to others, and wondering why it isn't good enough. Also, it's become just that, work. It seems to be a chore whenever I go to pick up my pencil and do anything. How do I make drawing fun and therapeutic for me again?

Hank: What do you do when nothing you draw seems to be "good," and you just can't seem to please yourself with your own art?


Moyers: "Who interprets the divinity inherent in nature for us today? Who are our shamans?"
Campbell: "It is the function of the artist to do this. The artist is the one who communicates myth for today.…."
Moyers: "So shamans functioned in earlier societies as artists do now. They play a much more important role than simply being…"
Campbell: "They played the role of the priesthood traditionally plays in our society." pg 122

(02:13:00) Show Outro

  • Music used within this podcast all came from the amazing “Dr. Turtle”. You can listen to more dr. Turtle by visiting his page on the free music archive. Titles and links to songs used are available in the notes for this show.
  • Adam greenfield, head of audio production at making comics worldwide, served as executive producer for this episode of the show.
  • The comic fuel podcast is a part of the makingcomic.Com gutter talk podcast channel brought to you by the making comics worldwide volunteer organization. You can find out more information on makingcomics.Com and making comics worldwide by visiting makingcomics.com

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