Matt Madden is a cartoonist and teacher best known for his book 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (Penguin), a comics adaptation of Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style. In addition to his personal work he has written two textbooks with his wife, Jessica Abel, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics, (First Second).
In this episode, Matt discusses:
-How he got a later start with art and cartoons.
-How he discovered Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau and he instantly knew he wanted to do something similar with cartoons.
-How giving yourself rules or constraints can help you to get past the fear of the blank page.
-How he has come to terms with certain limitations of his own creative process and pace.
-Some actionable advice for anyone wanting to implement some limitations or constraints in their own work.
-His advice for people who might feel as if they got into their creative passion too late and are “behind pace.”
Matt’s Final Push will inspire you to have persistence and doggedness with your art!
“I rarely have that terror of the blank page.”
“It’s a very slow moving thing and a long time before I get that gratification of finishing a project.”
“You have to be careful what you draw in those panels because you are condemning your characters to relive that scenario eternally.”
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