- How I work
I am a digital Artist. It usually start with me launching Clip Studio Paint on my Windows computer, choosing a A4 canvas at 600 PPI and it’s position, resting or standing up. Then I sketch something out. It mostly look horrible at this phase, but it gets better. Sometimes when the piece will have a background I start sketching it out early, other times I wait until I add the 1, 2 or 3 point perspective ruler tool and set it up. If I have already began the background I will try to match the perspective what I have drawn. The characters or people usually looks a bit wrong so I use Daz Studio to pose a figure in a similar way as my drawing (not always spot on as posing in Daz Studio takes a long time) and have a look at reference images I have on my computer from photographic to comics images. When I’m getting closer to something I like, I put on clean Vector lines over the sketchy old lies. Then I continue until it is finished or I take a brake from it. I often switch between 2 to 10 drawings at the same time.
Tools that I Use
I have a two monitor setup. A main Benq GW2765 IPS screen at 27″. I feel as if my drawing has gotten better and that i both can get closer to it and get a better perspective of what I’m doing. I don’t know if that would be true with a bigger one. I think I could handle a taller monitor, but a wider might be to much to keep track of. But I guess there aren’t any 28-32″ IPS 16:10 monitors on the market now or in the future. Anyhow it’s easy to move up and down and I do it from time to time depending on how is sit. The contrast and colors are better then my old monitor, but it has a little bit of IPS Glow to it. My second monitor is my old trusted LG W2220P IPS screen at 22″. I use it for reference work in drawing and writing, work in Daz Studio and folder browsing.
I draw and paint in Manga Studio. The software I use the most is Clip Studio Paint where I do over 95% of all my drawing (but I will give Krita a shot when new features land there). Manga Studio looks and behaves a little bit like Photoshop, but it has a lot of functions and ways of working that is unique to it. It has Perspective tools, Layer colors, Transform tools, Shape tools, Grid and so on.
Other software tools. And then we have Daz Studio where I make reference shots. I also use Paint.Net for editing of art and Images. Gimp also for the same reason but, but less so even through it’s better when it comes to tools, it looks and operates horrible. I also from time to time creates a scene i SketchUp, but so far I’m less happy with the result then when I’m drawing it. But future projects will probably make me use it more. I use to be a heavy ArtRage 3 and 4 user, but I realised that I was not happy with the pen tool and ruler functions. When I started to use Manga Studio I found more freedom and more and more ways to do things then before even trough it gave me less free canvas area to work on with it’s thick toolbar layout of a GUI.
Drawing tablet. I use a drawing tablet for almost all my Digital work. I use my Wacom Intuos 4L tablet that I got from my Father when it was pretty much new. It’s a bit bigger then a A4 paper. It works almost as good now as then even through it’s not a pretty anymore. I don’t know if a new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet would help me as much as my new monitor is doing now.
How stuff works
Perspective ruler tool in Clip Studio Paint. When active, the perspective tools snaps all the lines I draw up, down, to the sides and/or to the 1, 2 or 3 perspective points. That creates the illusion of depth. The perspective points 1 and 2 rests on the horizon line. The horizon line is where the viewers eyes looks, or another way of looking at it the camera angle. Objects that are under the line you can see the top of and objects that are above it you can see the under side. If you or the camera are close to a a object or it is very big, you will see it narrowing up or down. This effect can be done in perspective drawing placing a third point a bit above or under the drawing. All vertical lines will go to the third point. When active, the perspective tool snaps the lines drawn in the direction of the perspective points. 1 point perspective snaps to a point that is usually on the canvas and the tool lets you draw to the horizontally and vertically. 2 point perspective snaps all lines except vertically to the perspective point. 3 point perspective is the same as 2 point perspective except the vertical line now all goes to the perspective point over or under the canvas.
Freedom. Drawing on my computer gives me the ability to erase, redraw and edit anything I work on and undo something I don’t like. ArtRage is almost as open as a empty A4 paper which means a lot less distraction and things that are in the way compared to other image editors. Clip Studio Paint is a bit more cluttered with tool bars, but it makes up for it with so many functions like perspective drawing tools, grids and snap functions which makes drawing by hand on a paper feel slow and contra productive.