My tools – Clip Studio Paint
If you’ve been here before, you may know my preferred digital art program. I have been using Clip Studio Paint (or Manga Studio), since a colleague introduced it to me. Â Before then, I’ve been struggling with GIMP, which to be honest, left me with little motivation to actually draw.
I’ve mentioned that I have regularly created art digitally. Â Professionally, I’ve used Photoshop, and on my own, GIMP was the available for free. I spent years in a dry spell, caught up in online gaming and life in general, so GIMP was fine. Â I wasn’t about to shell out hundreds of dollars for Photoshop (this was before Adobe CS), and I don’t believe in pirating software, especially if I planned at some point to do this professionally.
I’ve since tried to take drawing a little more seriously, so the recommendation for Clip Studio Paint came in at a great time. Â If anything, the price point was excellent compared to Photoshop. It was under $50 (I got it on sale for even less) and you get the full software and licence. Â I’m not knocking the subscription model at all, but I’m happy I don’t have to worry about paying for my tools in installments. I haven’t had to pay for any updates so far, and the program’s been working fine.
I’m a former professional artist that reverted to an amateur state because of years of no practice. (Kids, I’m a cautionary tale about keeping your talents honed. Don’t ever quit!) Â Although I mainly use CSP for drawing and painting, there are other tools, which I’ve used occasionally which has been helpful, such as vector layers, materials, and the perspective ruler. Â I’ve been able to add custom brushes, or create some new ones easily. Â The interface isn’t sexy, but it’s familiar for those who’ve used the older versions of Photoshop.
I haven’t used Photoshop professionally in years. I understand it’s still the industry standard, yet I don’t feel like I’m missing anything with my personal art when it comes to using CSP. Â The tools are intuitive, and it was easy to jump right into it, and when you’re Â already struggling with a lot of other little aspects about your process, you never want to worry about the technical parts.
I’ve also used Sketchbook Pro, and I’m currently trying out Krita. Â If you’re using CSP, or anything else, please comment and let me know what you like about it and how it helps your process.