We’ve covered several artists that draw on the iPad, but Jim Lee actually draws on the iPad. For those that don’t know him, Jim Lee is a bit of a comic book legend. He is a well known comic book illustrator, writer and is currently the Co-Publisher of DC Comics. Lee has penciled several bestselling comics and graphic novels form both Marvel and DC Comics so his work is well known by comic book fans.
It’s not unusual to find Lee attending comic book conventions to meet with fans and it was during one of these outings that someone asked him for an autographed sketch. Instead of pulling out pencil and paper, Lee took the fan’s iPad and proceeded to produce an amazing sketch of Green Lantern on the backside of the iPad. The sketch looks awesome and it’s interesting to see how well Lee was able to work around the Apple logo on the back of the iPad and integrate it into the sketch. If you were wondering what’s to keep the artwork from smuding when using the iPad, Lee has a simple answer - ”clearcoat is your friend.”
Seems Jim is an iPad fan and has not only been drawing on the back of the iPad but has been using Sketchbook Pro and his finger to knock out some quick sketches. Lee has posted several examples of his early iPad sketches on his devianART site. Lee tried to keep the sketches of the Joker, Wonder Woman and Cat Woman under a self imposed 60 minute time limit but took 80 minutes to complete the Wonder Woman sketch. Drawing on the iPad with Sketchbook Pro was a new experience for Lee, saying that it was “fun learning how to use the app.”
Jim Lee iPad Sketches – Full Size Sketches available on Lee’s devianART site
If you’re a fan of Lee’s work and want a customized iPad, you might be in luck. DC Comics is giving away a Batman iPad similar to the earlier Green Lantern sketch. Lee plans to announce details via his Twitter feed on how to win the iPad so be sure to check it out if you want the Dark Knight plastered on the back of your iPad. We’re sure it will quickly become a coveted collector’s item.
Jim Lee’s Batman iPad Sketch in Progress – Full Size Sketches available on Lee’s TwitPic page