The subtitle of the post probably should be Cheating At Comics because here I’m trying to use 3D in my webcomic Gods vs. Monsters vs. NJ. There are a couple of reasons to use a 3D prop:
- Makes drawing faster
- Looks better
For GMNJ, I wanted to see if it’s feasible to use a 3D prop for the taxi cab where the comic begins. The main reason is because the taxi will be a reoccurring prop in the story.
The cab was rendered in a special build of Blender that has integrated Freestyle as a render. Freestyle is software that uses non-photorealistic line drawing to render out the scene. (I used a recent Freestyle build from http://www.graphicall.org/.) I wanted to use Freestyle to get the b/w inked effect of my comic strip. After fooling learning the basics of Freestyle and doing some post-pro in Krita, I cam up with the following:
It wasn’t difficult post-pro work to get the 2D render on the right, but my biggest problem is having the drawing look to perfect for my comic. This is still very much a WIP.