68 – The best tools are invisible with comic artist Dan Berry


“You want to get to a point where your tools are boring to you. If they are boring they are invisible and they aren’t going to get in the way of the idea.” - Dan Berry

“You want to get to a point where your tools are boring to you. If they are boring they are invisible and they aren’t going to get in the way of the idea.” - Dan Berry

Hello and welcome to the 68th episode of The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All in hopes you’ll get what you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished. 

I’m your host, Tucker, and this week is an interview with UK cartoonist Dan Berry. I discovered Dan through his podcast called Make It Then Tell Everybody. It’s great interview based podcast where Dan talks with comic book artists from all over the world about the art and craft of making comics. 

We talk about how, what I always assumed was, his relentless pursuit of perfection is in fact a relentless pursuit of ever increasing efficiencies in his creation process. We talk about what inks he likes and doesn’t like. The importance of making your tools invisible to you as the artist so they don’t get in the way of your ideas. We talk about how day job teaching comics as an art form has affected his work. And we also talk about how a day job, a comics career, a podcast and a family with two kids impacts his art (as a hint it has too do with the relentless pursuit of efficiencies I mentioned earlier)

Dan is very funny, very British and very insightful. I’m quite positive you will enjoy today’s chat with Dan Berry. 

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And lastly dear listener if you enjoyed today’s episode. Or even if you didn’t I’d love to hear from you, oh yeah, the podcast has it’s own official twitter account now, it’s @SparkArtPodcast and I’m sharing interesting articles on creativity and how to keep yourself motivated as well as chatting with some really interesting people. A couple nice creativity coaches, some painters and a few other awesome folks. So stop by on @SparkArtPodcast and say hello. Or say Dilton sent you because I may just forget that I said this in the podcast and I’ll be confused when you say it on twitter and you’ll laugh and I’ll feel weird. Fun all around. 

Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work but you won’t do the work without the spark. 

Links for Today’s show

Dan Berry - http://www.thingsbydan.co.uk

Dan Berry - https://www.behance.net/danomano65

Danbury - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danbury,_Connecticut

Quimby the mouse - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quimby_the_Mouse

Chris Ware - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Ware

Jack Kirby - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kirby

Make it then tell everybody (website) - http://makeitthentelleverybody.com/

Make it then tell everybody (twitter) - https://twitter.com/MakeThenTell

Angoulême - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angoulême_International_Comics_Festival

GiPi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gipi

Tim Ferris - http://fourhourworkweek.com

Swan Mabie Todd - http://www.mabietoddpenlists.co.uk/page14.html

Platinum Carbon Ink - http://www.platinum-pen.co.jp/products/spare/ink/eink.html

Sailors Pigment Ink - http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/121399-sailor-kiwa-guro-or-aka-nano-pigment-ink/

Noodler’s Ink - http://noodlersink.com/

Drawn & Quarterly - https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/

Joe Matt - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Matt

Plastic Forks - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11261511-plastic-forks

Tapping the Vein - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/108058.Tapping_the_Vein