I’ve been spending time with a new tool, new software, & new possibilities.
A few weeks ago I splurged a bit and bought a new art creation tool. I had been curious about and itching to get my hands on a pen display tablet for some time. This curiosity came to a head a few weeks ago and I splurged for a Huion Kamvas Pro 16 Tablet.
For those who aren’t familiar with a pen display, it is a screen and stylus that is designed for digital art. The screen is simply a display similar to a standard computer monitor. The enhancement is that it works with a pressure-sensitive pen to provide a similar experience to traditional drawing. This is not a stand-alone device and must be connected to a computer in order to work. I use it with my laptop. The nice thing is that it can also be used as a second monitor.
As far as software is concerned, I tried both Adobe Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint. In the end, I settled on Clip Studio Paint due to its less complicated user interface and more economical price.
Below is a photo of the setup I used to create this drawing. I’m sure this setup will go thru some evolutionary changes as I spend more time with this process. You can see my laptop at the top of the photo. I pull up my reference on the laptop display. This arrangement lends itself to a comfortable work setup.
Clip Studio Paint comes with a good selection of creative tools right out of the box. For this drawing, I primarily used the pencil brushes that came with the software.
Now, I don’t anticipate that digital will become my prime focus. However, it does have advantages. I tend to think of digital as a multi-media sketchbook with endless pages. No worries if a sketch goes completely awry, you haven’t “wasted” any supplies. Just put it aside and start anew, no worries.
I will say that at this point, I still believe there isn’t a substitute for traditional tools. There just isn’t a substitute for the tactile feedback, the texture of the paper, and the tool in your hand.
Thanks for visiting, stay safe and healthy. – Mike