Software for cartoon creation, to make a web comic without drawing by hand?
Here is my dilemma. For a while now I have had some ideas kicking around in the back of my mind for a web cartoon. I would like to try to put the idea into reality, but I run into one tiny little problem. I can't draw. At all. I've tried, I took classes - at the end I managed a decent stick figure. It's pathetic.
Surely in the age of technology there must be a program out there that can help.
I know there are websites that will give you access to their image libraries and such to create cartoons with but they also put wording in their terms of service that make anything you create using their service, theirs. Not what I want. The program doesn't have to be point and click simple, I can learn a complex program - just don't make me draw by hand!
If you're trying to create a web comic without drawing, I think the answer is not going to be software, it's going to be some creative idea for making unconventional 'function over form' visuals that work as something that carries the content, without needing to look like conventional classic cartoons.
The content quality is more important than the drawing quality. Successful examples:
- xkcd (he can draw well, but usually chooses not to)
- Dinosaur comics uses the exact same image every time
- Cyanide and Happiness started out with awful drawings
- Math with bad drawings does exactly what it says on the tin
Some top-of-the-head ideas of things that could carry the content of a web comic without requiring drawing (note these are purely to help you kick off coming up with you're own ideas that suit your idea for the comic):
- Photo montage (as in Peter Kennard style composite images, not the scrapbook stuff that makes up most google image search results for "photo montage")
- Deliberately bad drawings
- Paper cutouts (the first pilot episode of South Park was made with scissors, coloured card and a camera; the creators still have all the bits in a box)
- Pay an artist to make posable puppets which you then arrange, light and photograph
- Objects posed and photographed as if interacting (bring on the trumpets! [video requires audio])
Or, you could buddy up with a graphic artist who wants to do a web comic but doesn't have any ideas. There will be many, not sure where would be best to look - maybe DeviantArt, which is a community popular with enthusiast/hobbyist graphic artists.