I still hand draw in black and white sometimes from models.
But then I use pageimg and compupic to keep track of everything
and change formats. The pix used to be easy to make, took little space,
fast downloads, and little website overhead.
My genre is illustrated stories, not comix. For like 30k words, maybe
30 or so pictures. I don't have a lot of competition in that special
genre yet. My closest are the big mills pushing out the same
kind of topics using comix with no stories but with big production values
But I do stories from the inside, character driven, that become serials
But more and more people are selecting on the cover.
Until a few years ago a typical illustration of mine would be.
I would finish a story and look through it for scenes I thought
should be illustrated and scribble out 3 or 4 per day.
Even then I realized you can't really illustrate anyone in black and
white that has to be reduced unless it's a muscular male, all the
hard angles etc. Esp a black male for the simple shading. Curvy
females just had a few simple lines.
Oddly enough, when you add color to muscular male bodies, you
actually lose a little definition but it's what they want!
I tried to compensate by having the female wear black clothing
instead of being nearly naked.
Well, today space is not a restriction in downloads and web overhead like
it used to be so I went to Adobe reluctantly. Mainly because I wanted to
do a better job on the female body, plus the layers and lighting and shading
and animation was easier.
But I like the way there's no limit on what I can do with rounded
instead of angular bodies. The problem is I can't dash out a new story
every week. More like once or twice a month.
The big mills, especially hentai, if you look at it long enough,
all the stuff looks the same. It's like taking Ken and Barbie dolls and
changing perspective. Most of the big shops use the same 3d imagery
with a lot of computer horsepower. They can rotate, enlarge, change
perspective. Of course I can't even think of doing that so everything
has to be done the old way.
Anyway, I don't think print is dead yet, but ebook downloads,
especially illustrated, are what's gaining in popularity, whether
Visa or Amazon like it or not.