Something new

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