Want to Make a 3D Comic?
July 7th, 2010
Matthew Bogart writes with news of a simple 3D comic he made the old fashioned way: two frames which viewers can merge by crossing their eyes.
Not everyone can see the effect, but when I was a kid I loved making 3D pictures this way using colored pencils and small-grid graph paper, so this made me smile.
These days, the most efficient way to get this effect might be using layers in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator, but anyone, using even the simplest tools, can pull this same trick with a little planning.
Anyone else want to try?
Posted in Experimental Comics, Webcomics
See also Jason Little’s “The Abduction Announcement” which uses the same technique: http://beecomix.com/comics/abduction.htm
Oh, right! Forgot about Jason’s comic.
Thanks for the reminder.
I never managed to work those things out c.c I think i just can’t cross my eyes =/
only slightly related, my t-shirt design on threadless…What if 3d glasses actually worked in the real world….kinda.
That’s a great design, Jesse!
Thanks! Just got up on the site today, trying to spread the word about it…I would be grateful for any help.
Another cheap way to get the effect would be to use a model posing program like Garry’s Mod and then just capture every frame from two angles.
A while back, I made a stereoscopic cosmic ukulele using Photoshop and a doodle by Ben Towle.
Sadly, I’m legally blind in my left eye and no sort of 3D works for me 🙁
Off the top of my head, the french duo Ruppert & Mulot and Vincent Giard all worked on stereoscopic comics, both on the screen and in print.
I imagine there isn’t any dialogue in these comics, as it would require you to focus your eyes on the page? These require you to keep your eyes unfocused, right?
And focusing is definitely possible (I can) though as mentioned, some have trouble doing it.
This is amazing. I tried making one. Please find it at
and let me know what you think about it.
I couldn’t resist making one 🙂
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I put up a guide to my workflow for creating these comics. I forgot to mention Jason Little’s comic as well. I had that in the back of my mind when I did these. It’s a great one.
Here’s the link to the workflow breakdown for anyone needing a hand getting started. http://thedaysarelongandshort.com/post/786279050/how-to-make-a-stereoscopic-illustration
I was pleased to hear that others have attempted 3D images free hand. Cross-eyed play has always been fairly easy for me, so I would draw them “free hand” as a young guy. Recently I did a series for a client, in which I created 3D versions of drawings for their web site. Lot’s of fun. The initial viewing “crashed” their server when the newsletter with these images was promoted.