Comics Are Great! 30 – Shape and Variance

October 6, 2011 by  
Filed under CAG Podcast, News, Podcasts

It’s all about character design this time, featuring the return of Jake Parker and Gale Williams! With Tyler James’ 30 Characters Challenge right around the corner, it’s time to think a little about what specific concerns face a cartoonist when making up their fictional people. Jake brings a stellar presentation to explain how a basic understanding of shape and variance will deliver good character design, even if you don’t think your drawing skills are up to snuff. Gale brings a few thoughts on how putting your character in a situation to help figure out what makes them tick.

We’re then joined by Eli Neiburger of the Ann Arbor District Library for some more book recommendations!

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Here’s the video from this episode’s live stream (audio player at the bottom of this post):

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Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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3 Responses to “Comics Are Great! 30 – Shape and Variance”
  1. Thanks for the great podcast! I was wondering whether Jake got back to you with the brand of inkjet paper he uses?

  2. Victoria says:

    Just watched this one… excellent and chock-full. In addition to all the info, I really like the camaraderie invoked. Really fun. Thanks everyone!

    (ps – I actually did investigate Ann Arbor District Library for job openings and considered moving there in large part for the rising comics community and library services..kudos to all of ya!)