Those ABe iPad videos

April 23rd, 2010 by Author

I dismissed the videos when they rolled around the ‘sphere as yet another silly iPad astroturfing gimmick, but something in BigN’s post made me look. Forturously he linked some other video, not the one everyone else links, with the pink background.

I find it not a small bit creepy. It’s disturbing to see ABe starting with the eyes. His mastercraft is absolutely mesmerizing though. I saw artists at conventions doing the same thing… and initially it’s hard to tell if it’s any different: same face outline… same eyes… But at one point the style starts seeping in, then cascading in and suddenly you know that this young lady is no Yoshitoshi ABe and no Azuma Kiyohiko. Not even Fred Gallaher. And that your $10 bought you a rather poor commission. And then you do it again.

Anyhow, he is good. I am really surprised that the media switch produced no change to his style. And he adapted to the whatever iPad application in a stunning degree, using his fingers (and nails) to mix effects in on the fly. This is obviously a problem, and I can just see him getting sucked into a vendor lock-in with this. On the other hand, if he transitioned once… So maybe it is not all that bad.

UPDATE 2010/05/11: more.