Interview With ‘Three Shadows’ Author, Comics Artist Cyril Pedrosa :: ArtCast #56

In this episode, I interview one of my heroes Cyril Pedrosa author of my favorite graphic novel ‘Three Shadows’ and the beautiful new web comic ‘Portugal’.

Cyril shares about his early days at the Disney studio in Paris and his break from animation to pursue his true calling as a comics artist.

He shares insights into his own process, his thoughts on what it means to be an artist and the development of his multiple drawing styles through experimentation and emotional connection with the story.

Plus music by Gaby Moreno!

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The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet)

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jonathan Logan Clark

I dig Gaby Moreno’s style, gonna check to see if she is on Pandora or Spotify to add her to my stations!

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oats

Yeah! She’s awesome. She seems like really great person too.

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Loni Edwards

Loved the pod cast. Great info and inspiration. Graphic novel “Three Shadows” is in my Amazon cart – Thanks Chris!

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ChrisOatley

You will not be disappointed!

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Rafael Rosado

Wow, Chris, how did you score this interview?

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ChrisOatley

Ha! I found 8comix.fr and then wrote the general contact address. They connected me with Cyril. Good interview, eh? He’s awesome.

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Scott Wiser

Man, Chris…I need to stop listening to your podcasts….PaperWings especially. I’m starting to want to make a webcomic… But seriously, this was a great interview. Thanks so much for sharing. I love how his animation background tied in so neatly. See you around.

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oats

Ha! Awesome. Thanks for the encouragement, Scott.

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jp kalonji

Dear Chris ,

Such a good interview of Cyril pedrosa ,thanks for sharin this moment of truth .
great podcast.

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oats

Thanks, JP! So glad you liked it! “Moment of truth” <—LOVE it!

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Jorge

one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. I cried when I read it.

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Chris Oatley

Me too.

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Emily Hann

Absolutely superb interview, Chris! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Chris Oatley

You’re so welcome! Cyril is AMAZING!

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rik

Great interview. Just ordered the book thanks to this! :]

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Alberto

Chris, this interview is a little jewel. I love Pedrosa’s work. I actually have all his comic books (and an original page from Les Coeurs Solitares :) ). I met him in Angoulême last year, at the comic con, and he’s just as kind as talented.
Hope Portugal gets published in English one day, because this guy’s writing is as natural as his drawings. Thanks a lot for interviewing him.

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menachem

Great interview! I love his inner honesty about his work and his pursuit of his desire to make comics vs. animation. When can we hear some more podcasts!

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haes

Wow, talking about serendipity.
The first time I stumbled upon ChrisOatly was the (amazing) “why I quit my dream job podcast” in the middle of…quiting my job hehe.
In the hassle of setting up my own business (only this January) I kinda forgot about it and couldn’t find it anymore (sorry Chris, it wasn’t you, it’s me )
Now, in the wake of setting up my first “real” comic book project I rediscovered the site and started looking/listening through some of the “Artcasts” and found this amazing interview!
I’ve been a fan of Pedrosa – like anyone in comics should be I guess – since I read Three Spirits some years back (in Dutch, mind you) and the thing that impressed me about it the most was indeed the way the drawing style influences the story and vice versa. I mean the panels with the angry Louis at the end…man!
Not surprisingly this integration of story and style is the exact subject of my own comic project to come (listening to artcast #58 to help me further along hehe)

Favorite insights:
- the way you draw is part of the language (so true!)
- you can do anything [...] really think about the story and think about the way the pictures can be influenced by the story. (you’ve nailed it Chris!)

Thanks so much for all this amazing stuff.
Just signed up for the newsletter and looking forward to #70 other great artcasts! (including one with Wouter Tulp…what the hell?!)

Hugo/haes

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