Jim Lee Tutorial – Drawing Comics On the iPad

Posted by April 5, 2010 Comment

The new co-publisher of DC Comics, Jim Lee really liked his iPad… not just for reading comics on – but drawing them. He tweets;

Ha–I bought sketchbook pro for the iPad–went to information and found some of my art for the Naples Comic Con shown Franceso Salvati’s.

Using fingers now–stylus on the way.

OK just playing around for an hr w/Sketchbook for the iPad; hard using finger to paint but did this rough

Waiting on @JeffBlinkinsop to bring me a pogo stylus once his lovely wife and he welcome their 2nd child into this world!

try adding layers and changing brushes. u need to zoom in to do detailed work then zoom back out for some fun results

also on the color dial on brush menu, see the lil eyedropper? Superimpt tool to select existing colors on screen

so i think using pogo for detail work and using fingers for larger expressive strokes

Gonna start a Joker headshot real quick on my iPad. Hopefully the Yankees keep this game alive :) while I sketch

Joker rough, this is my base colors. I build from here w/ details&textures

Awww crap. Sketchbook just crashed. Lost unsaved changes. Grrr. Must periodically save. :(((

Lost an earlier version via crash. Chasing the dragon now

Man after the crash could not capture the initial vibe I was going for

Its fun and frustrating at the same time cuz half the time yer going this would be so easy to do by hand or wacom but was digging the primitive feeling of using yer hands

Looks better smaller–my fingers make for clumsy brushes–back to work that pays :)

Twitterfacesml_normal JScottCampbell How much for the sketch Jim…?! I’ll buy it! ;)

Of course lots of people are talking iPad. BusinessWeek runs through all the app-licants,

Making strips available for consumers to download on a tablet could change “the mentality that comics are just meant to be collected,” says Dave Dorman, a freelance illustrator who has drawn for issues ofBatman,Star Wars, and numerous additional comics. “Forty years from when I grew up, comics could potentially make a big breakthrough to a new generation,” he says.

VentureBeat see it as a tool for consumption over creation;

I’ve had the iPad since Saturday morning, and I’ve used it constantly — for the novelty factor if nothing else. Whenever I turn it on, I keep telling myself that I should try to do something productive. Then I find myself reading old Fantastic Four issues on the Marvel Comics app or playing Für Elise on Magic Piano instead.

The Gepilano family give it the home touch;

“I like all the games… Scrabble, comics, Sims,” said young Taylor Gepilano.

Joshua Gans writes for ABC;

As a parent, I can see even more potential just around the corner. The few children’s books ported to the iPad explode with colour and interactivity. This is as true of Dr Seuss as it is of the wonderful book, The Elements, which just falls short of letting you feel each individual one. There is unlikely to be any substitute. And just wait to see what it does to comics.

The killer app of the iPad is reading. And the amazing thing is it has so much more and also so much more yet to be done. It will define a part of our existence into the foreseeable future.

The Cult of Mac concur;

How about comics?
I have not purchased comics since I was in middle school but had to check out the Marvel Comics app. I downloaded some of the free comics to try it out. Not blown away but it is an ideal way to read comics, as long as you are not into the collecting community and want to just “read” the comics. I hope comics stick around — but the end of the age of comic collecting may be upon us.

And Skottie Young gave us a final thought;

Bumbavatar_normal I own all the Transmet trades but would buy them all again to read on my iPad. I’ve read more comics today than in the last month #iPad

(Last Updated April 6, 2010 3:16 am )

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