Sunday, September 30, 2007

Computer-generated art

Betsy over at Fuse recently said:

I used to think that employing a computer to handle all your illustrating needs in a picture book was a risky proposition. Then we entered into 2007 and suddenly there were books like Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug and The Wizard using computers in radically different ways. Finally I got a glimpse of "Mrs. Marlowe's Mice", and now I think that it is safe to say that I've been won over to this style of artistic expression.

So I just wanted to point out that Babymouse is fully computer-generated. Yes, I do preliminary sketches on paper, but all the final art is done in Photoshop. So beware—a book near you could be computer-generated, and you might not know it!


fusenumber8 said...

I wonder if there's a way to distinguish between CG art that is drawn entirely on the screen and art done and scanned in. Yours is the latter, right? Is there a term for the first?

Thanks for the link!

Ell said...

Thanks, Matthew. I've heard that in a few different places and it always kind of irritates me. Yeah, there's some stuff that looks pretty crummy that screams "Computer!", but I'm guessing that a whole bunch of the good stuff is computer-done too. It's just done well. Even things that are done entirely on the computer.