I decided on a test scenario to discover the various tools and posted each phase on Facebook as I completed them.
If you are thinking about buying Clip Studio PaintConsider this a review.
Here are the steps.
PART 1: LINE ART
I heard that Clip Studio brush tips are the best at acting like real drawing implements.
I drew these two little forest creatures and I must say it was a little hard to get used to. MAN, these things are pressure sensitive.
I can make the finest lightest strokes when I want to. And this is BEFORE I start making my own brush tips. I can't wait to see what I can do in the future with this program.
Ok, next up:
PART 2: INKING
The interesting thing about Clip Studio is that it contains both Raster and Vector capabilities in one program. The problem is the way it does so, treating all strokes (pencils, pens, brushes and sprays) exactly the same way as the Raster lines just with paths underneath them, WHICH, I suppose if you're a traditional artist and you want accurate pressure, with which to recreate a traditional drawing or painting, is exactly what you need.
I, on the other hand, like nice smooth clean lines to work with and did I mention that I can't draw a continuous line to save my life? And that's on a normal sheet of paper let alone a drawing tablet.
As you can see, the result was not pretty.
See in Adobe Illustrator I can use the pen tool to draw a lined path that immediately simplifies and smooths itself. I also created a brush tip that automatically. I had hoped this would be the same in Clip Studio but instead, it takes an experienced and extremely steady hand to get the lines nice and smooth and not all jagged. Unfortunately not my forte. I'm more of a penciler than an inker.
Next up: Coloring.
Oh yeah, and I made the Fox girl a squirrel instead.
PART 2.5: INKING?
OK, Before moving on to coloring in CLIP STUDIO PAINT, I discovered another group of vector tools. These work WAY better. Though they are slower. They use Click-by-click line creation. Not really drawing now, is it? Still, can't argue with the results.
This time I used a combination of the "Curve Figure" and "Continuous Curve" tools, then touched it up with the "Redraw Vector Line" tool.
Ok, NOW on to coloring.
PART 3: COLORING?
The final step. Rather resemblent of the way I used to color.
More than a little frustrating, I must admit. You can't fill in vector Layers like you can in Illustrator and for gosh sakes, is there really no way to smooth a selection in this program?
(Seriously if anyone knows the answer to this I would be more than grateful.)
Anyway, that's a wrap. We ended up with a raccoon and squirrel team of forest rangers.
In the end, I think they look very nice. The "Redraw Line" tool was rather useful as a visual tool. And who can help but love those 3D models for sketching?
Still, In the future think I'll end up using "Clip Studio" only for penciling. I'm going back to Illustrator for inking and my good old Photoshop for touch up and details. I can get that stuff done faster in those programs.
Nice to have a new tool at my disposal though. I'll certainly be heading back for some more experience with those art pencil brush tips.
So a fiend... uh, I mean friend of mine (Logan Schell) have come together to work on a new web comic. it's an idea we've been batting around for a few years and decided that if anything's ever going to happen, we need to stop talking and start doing.