Comics Coast To Coast #187 – The Daniel Lieske Interview

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Daniel Lieske
Daniel Lieske joins Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about his career as a fulltime graphic novel author and illustrator.
The Wormworld Saga
http://www.wormworldsaga.com
About Artist:
http://daniellieske.com/about.php
My name is Daniel Lieske and I was born in 1977 on the edge of the Teutoburger Forest in Germany. I started my ‘art career’ quite early by selling my first comics on the schoolyard. Since then my passion is to entertain people with stories and artwork.
My wife, my son, our two cats and I settled down in the small German city of Warendorf. There we live in a historical frame house in the old town. In a secluded corner I built my studio in which I work on my projects.
About The Comic
http://daniellieske.com/about.php
Today I’m working fulltime as a graphic novel author and illustrator. I also do lectures, talks and workshops about graphic novel creation, independent publishing and digital art on the side. If you’d like me to appear at your event please find my contact information at the bottom of this page.
My workspace is 100% digital. All my drawings and paintings are created on a PC with graphic tablets and pen displays from Wacom. On the software side I mainly use Adobe Photoshop and Pixologic ZBrush for my work. These are great tools for artists and working digitally gives me a lot of creative freedom and also speeds up the overall process of making images. By using graphic tablets I can still hone the traditional skills of drawing and painting but without having to clean brushes or waiting for paint to dry.

Show Notes:

Art
You have a wonderful control over creating light, atmosphere and DEPTH in your work. Can you tell us about your artistic background? Art school or self taught?
Do you have a background in traditional painting or have you always been digital?
Digital setup – what do you work on now?
I know Photoshop is just a tool, like ‘any other’ but do you have any favorite brushes, tircks or techniques?
Chapter 2. Page… Umm… The last scene down the page, the first fantasy forest background. How much fun was that to paint for the first time?
(Continues into Chapter 3)
You keep a steady stream of a single hard edged column in Wormworld – but often break it to a soft edged, much wider panel for environment shots. It’s very effective. How did you come to that design choice?
Process: Once the writing and planning is finished, what is your artistic process for developing a scene or sequence?
Let’s use a fantasy scene as an example.
When we reach the center of Ankal Aasha the art shifts to include much more architecture and detail. How long do these scenes/panels take you to paint?
I get a little Myan and a little Asian and Indonesian imagery in some of your later chapters. When you’re creating fantasy worlds, what cultures influence you the most?
What art inspires you? Who are some of your favorite artists?

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Comics Coast To Coast #186 – Host Show – Cartooning Advice From The Internet

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Show Notes:

Animation Jobs Go Fast And Why You Must Go Faster – Chris Oatley
http://chrisoatley.com/animation-jobs-go-fast/
Image Theft And Uncredited Artists
http://artist-advice.tumblr.com
Short-cutting Your Creativity
http://theartorder.com/creativity-short-cut/
Defining your style…
http://www.pez-artwork.com/

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Comics Coast To Coast #185 – The Tom Bancroft Interview

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Tom Bancroft at his art desk
Tom Bancroft joins Brian Dunaway, Joel Duggan and Matthew Ducharme to talk about his career in animation and now his webcomic Out Numbered
Comics Title By Artist
http://www.outnumberedcomic.com/
About Artist:
http://www.charactermentorstudio.com/about.html
Tom Bancroft has over 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards.
At Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to animate on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous commercials. Some of the films include, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin”, and “Mulan”. Bancroft was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions. His popular character design book, “Creating Characters with Personality” is used by art schools all over the world. Additionally, Bancroft has illustrated over 50 children’s books.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051642/
http://tombancroft.designbinder.com
About The Comic
http://www.outnumberedcomic.com/?page_id=13
Meet Mark- husband, father, and second class citizen in his family of five women. He has secretly found the answer for happiness in his life which he doesn’t share with Melody: don’t say anything unless its funny or you really, really have to. The “unless it’s funny” part still gets him into trouble though. He escapes- works at a regular office doing regular, boring work but enjoys it for its lack of people crying and screaming all the time. Ask any of his kids what he does and they have no idea. He loves his family more than life itself but would never wish them on another human being no matter how vile.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1122941512/opposite-forces-comic-trade-paperback

Show Notes:

How autobiographical is Outnumbered? Joel
This strip is a favorite, “I hope this is pulled from real life.” Moment. Joel
http://www.outnumberedcomic.com/?p=170
Your earlier strips have a rougher finish, like a storyboard. What can you tell us about you shift to a cleaner look and the back again? (Around June 3rd w/ syndicate submissions.) And then again… Joel
Are you still prepping Outnumbered for syndicate submission? Has that always been the goal? Why not push forward with it as a webcomic under that model? Joel
All of your strips are color right from the start. Given the time that can add to a project, what pushed you to color over black and white? Joel
I feel like I should be taking notes on “Dad Defences” against future children. Have other fathers identified with your work? Joel
How did you get started with your instructional website Taught By A Pro? Joel
http://taughtbyapro.com
The courses on Taught By A Pro are very afforable. ($10 each) What was the drive behind that decision? Joel
(If not already answered by the question above.)
You have quite the Disney resume; Beauty & The Beast, Aladin, Mulan, etc… Do you ever find that your Disney work overshadows your comic work? Joel
Working on Mushu from Mulan must have been a real treat. What was the best part about bringing a character to life with such an iconic voice as Eddie Murphy? Joel or Matt
A lot has changed in the animation industry since Disney’s golden years. For the better or the worse? Brian
Did you work with computers during the Disney years? Brian
What was your role with Veggie Tales? Brian
You appear to be a Family man. Do your kids understand/appreciate the work you have done in the animation industry. Brian
Considering that the characters in outnumbered are based on real people, have any of them made requests about how they appear in the comic? Matt
What was it that first pulled you toward wanting to do a web comic? Matt
What is the most valuable lesson you took away from your time at Disney? Matt
Questions from Google+ Webcomics Community
“I’ve been following his comic for a while now and I’ve always loved his inking. You guys usually cover this in your interview, but please ask him about his inking and coloring process.” Bill Murphy

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Comics Coast To Coast #184 – The Rebekka Dunlap Interview

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Honey Town
Rebekka Dunlap joins Brian Dunaway and Matthew Ducharme to talk about her career in comics and illustration. Also, Matt accidentally calls his mother-in-law “fat” and Brian takes a call from his mom during the show! Classy
Illustrator and Cartoonist:
http://rebekkadunlap.com/The Comic: (Honey Town)
http://rebekkadunlap.tumblr.com/post/62183304602/honey-town-by-rebekka-dunlap

About Artist:
Rebekka Dunlap is an Illustrator and Cartoonist who currently lives in Brooklyn. She draws pictures about bodies, pleasure, wallpaper and bees. Sometimes she tweets.

Featured by:

BOOM Comics// Tinybop// The New York Times// Lucky Peach// Bust Magazine/ / Light Grey Art Lab// Farfaria/ / Frederator Studios// Meathaus// Juxtapoz Magazine- Erotica// Ten Paces and Draw

Education:

Rebekka learned a lot at the School of Visual Arts, and then graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. “

Show Notes:

You have a few comics, but mostly illustrations. Are there likely to be any more comics in the future, or was that more of an experiment? MattYour work seems made for publications like the New Yorker. Would you prefer your work to be in physical publications? Matt

I love the travelling shot in Honey Town. Would you hate me if I compared it to the Family Circus? Matt

You have a very “natural media” look to your work. How much is done physically, and how much digitally? Matt

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Comics Coast To Coast #183 – The Cale Atkinson Interview

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Cale Atkinson
On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Cale Atkinson Illustrator / Animator
Cale Atkinson

Illustrator / Animator
http://www.cale.ca
About Artist:
Illustrator and animator, lakeside in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Work full time as art director/ concept artist at Hyper Hippo Productions (Game Studio)
Do lots of contract work as well as personal projects in Children’s books, illustration and animation.
Blogs etc...
http://www.caleatkinson.blogspot.ca
http://caleatkinson.tumblr.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/caleatkinson

Show Notes:

Box Pugs
Do you ever feel like you are losing focu…BOX PUGS!! My printer needs ink!
http://www.amazon.com/The-Noble-Approach-Maurice-Animation/dp/1452102945
CTNX
I’m a bit – by a bit I mean insanly jealous – of your CTNX trip…
We know the experience was awesome. How was this year compared to previous years?
http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/
Do you go mostly for marketing and networking, or do you also find sales a strong component of the expo?
With so much awesome in one place (CTNX) do you ever get overwhelmed? (Good way? Bad way?)
Just out of curisoty, who would you say are the artists/peers that influenced you the most in 2013?
http://www.jimzub.com/im-writing-samurai-jack-the-comic-series/
You’ve got some mad speed-painting skills. Ever consider doing a project speed-style?
Lil’ Red
Lil Red is simply beautiful what programs did you use, and how long did it take to complete?
The layouts in Lil’ Red are bright, whimsical and very painterly. What can you tell us about ariving at that aesthetic?
I’m assuming you’re using Photoshop for your illustration and painting… What’s your favorite online resource for brushes and techniques?
(Daily) Faces Project (Halloween 2013)
I love the whole rectangle-head theme. What promted it?
Your blog consists mostly of still images. Do you prefer illustrating to animating?

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Comics Coast To Coast #182 – The Doug Savage Interview -Part 2

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dougsavage250
On this episode of Comics Coast to Coast we talk to Doug Savage of Savage Chickens comic. AGAIN! Part 2…
Savage Chickens
http://www.savagechickens.com/
About Artist:
http://www.savagechickens.com/about/about-doug
Blurb… Blurb is long. Go to website.
Previously on Comics Coast to Coast Episode 140 in June of 2012.
http://comicscoasttocoast.com/episode-140-the-doug-savage-interview
About The Comic
http://www.url.com/
Savage Chickens began on a rainy day in October 2004 when, after one too many migraines, I scribbled two chickens on a sticky note. It was fun, so I kept drawing them and a few months later in January 2005, I posted them online in a blog. To my surprise, people enjoyed them and in the spring I was lucky to be featured on My Yahoo and things rolled along from there. Over 2000 cartoons and 8 years later, Savage Chickens now has a healthy audience and a book from Perigee Books.

Show Notes:

We talked a bit about Hal-Con 2013 last week on the show, but Doug, you were there too. What was your con experieince like?
(Correct me if I’m wrong.) This was also your fist time in Halifax. What did you think of it from a creative professinoal’s perspective.
I love that the comics in your book still have the shaddow from the scanning the Post-It note. Conscious decision or happy accident?
While you were here in Halifax, we had a chance to go out to dinner and geek out about art stuff. You have a unique process and approach to Savage Chickens due to your choice of medium. Fill everyone in?
You and I have spoken before about licensing. It’s not an avenue new cartoonists often think of. I think it’s worth mentioning on the show. Can you explain a bit about how you got into licensing your work, and what someone looking to license their work should look out for?
Follow up: Savage Chickens being a single panel lends itself well to licensing. Do you think being a strip cartoonist limits your licensing options?
how do you optomize (for those not knowing)
Just want to say congrats on your mention in Entertainment Weekly a while back? Did you see a significant spike in your views that week?
You have one of the cleanest and most user-friendly websites that I’ve seen for a web comic. Do you maintain it youself?
I gotta say, I’m a big Timmy Tofu fan. Do you have any personal favorite characters?
What would you say are the advantages and the disadvantages of having such specific rules for the visual style of your comic?

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