clip studio pro and tablet use...how?



  • I am playing with my tablet and clip studio pro. I am brand new. My drawings look terrible. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to start with a tablet? Is ther a progression as to what to do first? I was thinking I would do a digital doodle a day or so to learn but, I don't thunk it will be that easy. Anyone out there that can give m esome pointers? Thanks.



  • Hi Marsha. I think there are a lot of approaches you can take in learning how to draw and paint digitally. Some might benefit from following tutorials and classes right away, some might benefit from just playing around at first. My advice would be to keep things simple. I think doing digital doodles is a good approach to take. I wouldn't necessarily pressure yourself to absolutely do one a day though. Play around with simple pieces and don't put a lot of pressure on yourself. Familiarize yourself with the tools slowly as you go.

    If you find you are ready to follow tutorials or classes, I know they offer a few here at svs. Ctrl + Paint also offers some free short videos on digital painting. https://www.ctrlpaint.com/library/

    Copying other artist's work might also be a good way to go so you can focus more on getting comfortable with digital painting, rather than designing something.

    Some practical advice I can offer for you to try out now:

    1. When you are drawing (as opposed to painting) play around with the stabilization feature in Clip Studio. Using stabilization might give you more control over your drawings. If you switch over to painting after completing your drawing, turn the stabilization off, as you don't need the same control for painting as you do for drawing and it will make painting easier.

    2. Start with a loose sketch. When you are happy with it, turn down the opacity so the sketch is lighter, create a new layer over it and make a more refined sketch.

    Do you have some of your digital paintings you could share here? I would love to see them, and we might be able to offer you additional advice after seeing what you've done.



  • @tessw I haven't really done any! I have one I did by accident one day just playing around (I posted it already) but, I don't even know how to find a stabilizing tool yet 🙂 I agree that one a day will be too much for me 🙂 I still need to finish my book! That's my main priority. If I actually get a doodle out, I will post it. Thanks for all your advice!





  • Hello marsha, clip paint studio the software I use mostly,if you use the Turnip pen or the G pen I find them easier than the pencil. type in 50 in your stabilization box.However for a beginner I would get a copy of Autodesk sketchbook software. There is a free version which would help you practice,I think it is the simplest digital programme, really easy to use.Sketchbook is the one that really helped me,I have had real problems learning digital painting.



  • Here is a link to Autodesk sketchbook https://www.sketchbook.com/. free version it is not a trail.



  • @tessw Thanks 🙂





  • in the help section you can download the entire manual for the program. I personally do not like the stability function as it feels clunky to me. The biggest thing is to warm up your arm with exercises on the tablet draw lines, circles and such. Become comfortable with the rotate function draw from your arm just like you would when working on paper as mentioned above Matt Kohr at ctrl paint as some videos he also has an entire paid series on digital painting the first series is very good for beginners



  • @rcartwright said in clip studio pro and tablet use...how?:

    I personally do not like the stability function as it feels clunky to me. The biggest thing is to warm up your arm with exercises on the tablet draw lines, circles and such. Become comfortable with the rotate function draw from your arm just like you would when working on paper

    And in that case, using a bit of cloth under your hand or buying a special glove can help you to draw from your arm a lot better. It will allow your hand to rest on the tablet allowing for stability, but your hand can still glide along the surface.



  • I took one of my kids stretchy knit gloves, cut the thumb, index and middle fingers off just leaving the ring and pinky fingers. It works great. Those artist gloves can be like $20+ where as these was free. Just the kids fingers get cold in the winter LOL



  • Here's my attempt today. No layers just the paint brush, penicl and blender. It was pretty hard.

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  • It is pretty good for a first attempt you seem to be getting the hang of it,and digital art is hard when you are used to painting traditionally.