Friday, June 28, 2013
The Future of Comic Book Art?
See this manga page? I "drew" this in about half an hour using a program called Comipo. The program gives you 3D models that you can move around in space. Change poses, faces, backgrounds, etc. When you're done it looks like line art, but it's really photos of 3D models. I can import backgrounds and such from other sources too. I could even make it black and white so it looks more like a real manga.
I could write and draw an entire comic book like this and I learned to use the program as I went. Now obviously everyone doesn't want to draw comics that look like Japanese Manga, but it wouldn't be a lot harder to make a set of 3D models in the Marvel style. Think of an artist like Sal Buscema who used a lot of stock poses over and over.
I don't see this technology replacing real comic book artists any time soon, but I could definitely see writers who can't draw being able to turn out sharp looking comics in the not too distant future. Heck, if you want to draw a manga you can do it now.