Over the past few weeks, I’d been searching for an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. I tried out the demo of Clip Studio Paint, liked it, and bought it on sale. Since then, I’ve done tutorials and realized that this program can do everything. I’ll show off some of my experiments.
This was a speedpaint to try out the clothing brushes in Clip Studio Paint. The gold braid and the ruffle brushes have potential, but I need to really experiment with them.
This comic was me trying out the comic tools in Clip Studio Paint. It does panels, speech bubbles, and layout tools like you wouldn’t believe. It also has 3D posable models to use as reference, which made me insanely excited. I spend hours searching for just the right pose or angle, and now I can just slap down a model and pose it the way I want.
I’ve had to do hours of tutorials to get this far, and I have hours more ahead of me. And let me tell you, I am SUPER excited. 😀
Checking my files, I actually do have some artwork to show, even if it’s just sketches. So here we go!
I’m currently in that stage with the baby where he’s allllllllmost crawling. He scoots around on his belly and finds toys on his own, so I have entire minutes to myself again. Our usual routine is that our morning is spent doing school or chores, and the afternoons are nap or screen time. That’s when I get to draw or whatever. But the baby doesn’t have that routine yet, so I feel like I have zero time to do anything extra.
My life is intensely boring. 😀
On the plus side, a boring life means that I want to write and draw adventurous things, so there’s that.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Living in my head a lot, not doing much else except keeping children alive being a mom.
Here’s a few artworks I’ve done in the past week or so:
This is the scattered bits of things I did over the last two weeks. The kids and I have all been sick, and it’s kind of knocked my art drive out the window. Trying to get my groove back, though. I’ve been trying out a new art program, Clip Studio. I think I like it, and it’s only 50 bucks, as opposed to whatever the heck they’re charging for Photoshop these days.
Trying to improve my line work. My tablet draws sucky jittery lines, so I’m constantly fighting it as I go. I suppose I should do everything with the pen tool. It looks nice, but takes ages and ages, and I’m impatient. :-p
Ever see a piece of artwork that just blows your mind? It’s incredible, and it looks like it was painted it just a few strokes. Yet it somehow captures the essence of the subject in a way you’ve never thought about before.
Then you read the description. And the artist says something like, “I whipped this up in five minutes. It’s not very good and I hate it. I’ll probably take it down later.” And you feel let down, because YOU liked it. But the artist knows better than you, right? And it must be crap, somehow. So you go away slightly offended without knowing why.
Dean Wesley Smith talks about this in a blog post called No One Cares. He’s talking about writing, but the same rule applies:
you wrote a book and got it out, it was the best you could do at the
time. Some readers paid good money for it and many liked it and bought
more books from you.
So you go learn something and now YOU CAN SEE
WHAT WAS WRONG. Before, those same words looked fine to you, but now you
can see “the problem.” Oh, no…
But no one else can see. And no one cares that you have learned something you add to future books that wasn’t in older books.
Only you know. Only you care.
And one additional thing.
NEVER PUT DOWN YOUR OWN WORK. Especially older books.
reader might think your older book is the best thing they ever read and
the last thing they want is to be insulted by you putting down their
tastes in books.
Keep your mouth shut, keep learning, write the next book, and get it out. Repeat.
And if you really do realize no one cares but you, the freedom in your writing is amazing.
Go have fun.
See, when you put down your own work, whether it’s writing, artwork, dance, music, or whatever, you’re insulting that person who liked it. Sure, you can remark that you have room for improvement. Don’t we all? But stand by your work. Don’t run it down and cheapen it. Your audience liked it. Don’t insult them.
A friend commissioned me to draw his DnD character, so here’s what I came up with:
I think I’m improving. I can now draw something that is fairly close to what I envisioned, even though I still fight the artwork every step of the way. I can’t draw without reference. But even the old masters used reference for everything, so maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
I have a rant brewing about why artists should never run down their own art, and it also applies to writing. But I don’t have the energy to write it at the moment. :-p