Hello everyone! It’s been quite a while since I posted here! For the past few months I’ve been knee-deep in illustrating a new picture book set to come out in the Fall.
I’ve had my head down illustrating pretty much every spare moment I had since September, but I’ve finally emerged from my art coma and want to tell you all about my experience with Manga Studio 5!
I transitioned over from Photoshop to Manga Studio with this latest project, so I got four months of serious on-the-job training with the program. I went from ZERO knowledge of the program to it becoming second nature.
I have to admit that I had tinkered around with the program for a while last summer, but gave up because I just wasn’t feeling comfortable with it. Then right before I started this last project, I fiddled with Manga Studio some more. At the same time, Photoshop started becoming finicky and began feeling super clunky. I went back to Manga Studio (with some nudging from fellow SMA illustrator Tracy Bishop) and gave it another try because I was just getting too frustrated with Photoshop feeling like it was laggy and slow.
When this last picture book project came along in September, I bit the bullet and decided to go for it–to try and complete a painting in Manga Studio. The cover was due first and I figured I could attempt the cover in Manga Studio and switch back over to Photoshop if things didn’t pan out.
Well, let’s just say I fell in love with Manga Studio and never looked back.
Here are a few of the main reasons Manga Studio is the clear winner for me:
- The brush engine is a million times better than Photoshop’s. There are way more options to finesse your brushes in terms of pressure and color blending, etc. Manga Studio also allows for creating brushes using multiple images at once which is something I have always wished that Photoshop could do.
- The perspective guide/ruler is AMAZING. It came in handy SO MUCH. Manga Studio allows for your pencil/brush lines to snap to the perspective ruler which takes a lot of fuss out of drawing cityscapes (or anything in perspective, really).
- The ability to create models of people in different poses and angles really helped for my latest project. I painted scenes where there were many, MANY people in them and my husband would only model for me for so long, so I had to build poses in Manga Studio (which is supremely easy to do).
- You can set the fill bucket to close gaps in your line drawing, making laying on the first layer of color so much quicker than attempting that in Photoshop.