LearnedatComicCon

What we learned from other creators at Comic-Con

Kristy and I had the pleasure to present the first ever panel on creating comics with the iPad at Comic-Con International (better known as San Diego Comic Con) this past July.  We opened the floor to questions I believe 90% of the hands in the audience went up. Kristy and I did our best to answer as many questions as possible in the 15 or so minutes before the comic-con staff had to clear the room for the next panel.  As much as we educated people about creating comics with the iPad that day, we learned a lot from them too.

We learned that many comic book creators are excited and about creating with the iPad.  From Jim Lee famously posting a color sketch of Wonder Woman he created with his iPad on Twitter to pros using the iPad to create and send layouts to their editors for approval. The enthusiasm is off the charts.  Most artists are no longer asking themselves when they will create with the iPad but what will they create with the iPad?

artists are no longer asking themselves when they will create with the iPad but WHAT will they create with the iPad?

We learned there is skepticism too.  While Kristy and I like to focus on what can be done with the iPad today with an eye toward the future some will point out the current limitations and that is valid. As the hardware and software advances, the resolution and memory issues will be addressed. The important thing for artist is to start experimenting and creating now. How long does it take an artist to master a new medium like the iPad?  By the time the hardware and software are perfected those creating with the iPad now be in demand while others scramble to catch-up.

How long does it take an artist to master a new medium like the iPad?  By the time the hardware and software are perfected those creating with the iPad now be in demand while others scramble to catch-up.

We Learned creators feel chained to the workstations and are looking to spend more time with friends and family.  iPad apps for creators like SketchBook Pro are lightweight and focused. Artists can sketch, ink, and paint with the iPad anywhere, anytime. Creators can use How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad is to transform their iPad into a mobile art studio and live life un-tethered from their home computer.

We learned many creators were so frustrated with the early stylus input products that these people gave up.  This is definitely the most repeated story from that day at Comic-Con International. Fortunately, a new wave of stylus devices are coming to market with the artists in mind. We are conducting a real world test of a handful of stylus products, including some pressure sensitive models, and will be posting the full review on October 24th.

We are conducting a real world test of stylus products, including some pressure sensitive models

We learned people are creating amazing artwork with the iPad.  While some creators are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the iPad to do what their desktop computer does (we think they are missing the point), others are serving up stunning artwork today.  Creators are experimenting and showing the world the iPad can make an elegant addition to the artists’ toolbox.

After the panel Kristy and I handed out hundreds of download cards to those in attendance so everyone could check out How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad.  The response so far has been nothing short of amazing. People are already posting their comic art online and I hope to see publishers large and small debuting new comics next year at comic-con where iPad art payed a major role.

 

Brian Miller is the founder of comic book color studio Hi-Fi colour deisgn.  Hi-Fi provides color and paint services for publishers like DC, Disney, Image, Marvel, and more.  You can follow Hi-Fi on Twitter at: twitter.com/hificolor and see more comic book art on Hi-Fi’s Facebook page at: facebook.com/HiFiColourDesign

If you like comic artwork and are interested in turning your iPad into a mobile art studio you can learn more about How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad and download a free sample tutorial.

How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad Available from the iBookstore.