More Yoshitoshi ABe Scribbles and Doodles on the iPad

I’m not getting tired of seeing him work magic with his fingers on the iPad anytime soon. And with three more videos up, this feeling is not going to go away anytime soon. :3

Seeing his work on the eyes, with the detail required to get that effect in this scribble was great:

My first whoa moment with this scribble was the shadow effect on Ryushika (of her namesake manga Ryushika-Ryushika)’s hair:

And a side profile here:

What I enjoy best are the responses in English that he has to people commenting on his works, as he tries his best to explain how he does the drawings (Livesketch HD app) and how he tapes the video (draws with right, tapes with left). And I like that he talks to the doubters as well. In one example for one commenter who said that his first video was a fake, ABe replies:

Please watch my other movies. I took a movie when I start livesketch app, and zoom to my finger I am drawing. This drawing is very easy for me, because I have drawn manga for 20 years. But it is difficult to trick someone. I have no experience to trick.

I’m not necessarily sure how effective that will be to that specific commenter (and there always seems to be that type of people who wants to prove everyone else wrong or decrease the hype by “exposing things for what they are”), but it shows a little dedication that I don’t see a lot of people trying to do. It also shows a level of direct creator/consumer communication that I think would be fun to see even more of, like many examples present on Twitter. And it shows that haters gonna hate regardless, so let them hate while you continue to do your best at whatever you do. Keep on rocking, ABe. :)

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9 Responses to “More Yoshitoshi ABe Scribbles and Doodles on the iPad”


  1. 1 mefloraine April 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I also saw those comments on the video. I was really happy to see him being so nice to the commenters. Also, was really happy to find out he has a Pixiv account from that. Fufufu.

    And…those eyes are just wonderful. Of course, how many others can tame the iPad in that way? Probably not many…XD;

  2. 2 ubiquitial April 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Wait a sec, wasn’t iPad’s release delayed in Japan?

    • 3 J. April 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      It is, but that shouldn’t stop people from going to the US to get one.

      • 4 pomru April 22, 2010 at 6:38 am

        @ubiquitial
        Yeah, ABe mentions in his blog that he had to import his iPad (and that it took a while to clear customs in Japan).

        @TheBigN
        Hmmm, someone pointed out that ABe got his iPad on the 9th, and the very first video was posted to YouTube on the 9th… So apparently it did not take him long to get comfortable!

        I can see why there are accusations of fakery from the very first video because there are extra lines that appear that don’t match his finger position. *BUT* if you check out other liveshetch videos on YouTube, you’ll see that ABe’s sketches are genuine. The extra lines are part of livesketch’s quirky behavior while it tries to figure out what to draw based upon how fast you move your finger and other factors, since the iPad doesn’t support pressure sensitivity like the Wacom tablets.

        I’d love to see what ABe would do if he discovered Sketchbook Pro since it supports more colors, but it’s also a bit more pricey than livesketch ($7.99 for Sketchbook Pro vs. $0.99 for livesketch), but at least we’re not talking a $189 upgrade for Photoshop CS5. :P

  3. 5 TheBigN April 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    mefloraine: I have to wonder how long it took for him to at least get comfortable with livesketch to work with it in that way. It’s definitely sugoiX3.

    ubiquital: Yep. ABe apparently received his earlier to try out and demo apps like livesketch. With his skills, it’s hard not to complain, imo.

  4. 6 otou-san April 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Man. I have been looking for a capacitive screen compatible stylus ever since I got the iPad, and ABe goes and shames me by just using a finger. Not that it’s really awful to be shamed by the likes of him.

  5. 7 schneider April 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Pure class. Maybe I should get on to watching more ABe shows!

  6. 8 dm April 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Livesketch is also available for the iPhone (which Abe has had for quite a while). I imagine he’s played with it on the smaller screen (and the results there may have led to him importing the iPad).

  7. 9 Ningyo April 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Oh, the future of traditional media is grim…

    Not that it’s any of my business :p That’s amazing though, how in the name does he get different thicknesses and tones of shades with one stroke? Alternating strength/surface of his finger that touches the screen? Blows my mind.

    And, replying in English is very commendable.


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