Legendary Korean cartoonist teaches drawing techniques to AI

This file photo shows South Korean cartoonist Lee Hyun-se.  (Yonhap)

This file photo shows South Korean cartoonist Lee Hyun-se. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Famous South Korean cartoonist Lee Hyun-se has decided to teach his cartooning techniques to an artificial intelligence (AI).

Comic book publisher Jaedam Media Co. announced that it had signed a deal with the 66-year-old legendary cartoonist to develop AI technology for the production of cartoons and webtoons.

After establishing a dedicated technology development team, the company will execute the process of refining and labeling Lee’s cartoons, the equivalent of approximately 4,174 books created over the past 44 years, and store them as data for AI learning.

After applying the data to the AI, the company will extract new data.

“Screentone, a technique where background effects are cut and pasted, was developed in the paper comic era. 3D tools emerged in the digital comic era,” Lee said.

“When new techniques emerged, there were concerns about the possible disappearance of cartoonists, but in the end they overcame all the challenges.”

He stressed that AI will eventually be positioned as a new creative tool for cartoonists.

Kevin Lee (kevinlee@koreabizwire.com)

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