25 Aug Pencil Sketch in Manga Studio
You need to learn the tools before you can make the magic happen! In this post I’ll show you all you need to know to make a Pencil Sketch in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Paint.
The following text is a transcript from the video above. You can go ahead and watch it. It will be easier to understand and it will take only a few minutes of your time. But if you are old school and prefer to do all the reading, feel free to do so!
There are 5 preset types of Pencil in Manga Studio. These are the Darker Pencil, Lighter Pencil, Mechanical Pencil, Colored Pencil and Rough Pencil.
All of these have a Brush size, Brush density and stabilization sliders, that can be adjusted at will. Darker Pencil, Lighter Pencil and Mechanical Pencil have an extra slider of Hardness.
The Rough Pencil has an extra property of Texture applied to it. This pencil is the one that will achieve the most realistic results to imitate real life pencils.
Any of these tools can be edited and adjusted to meet our requirements, and they can be saved for future uses.
A note to make about the Drawing tools in Manga Studio is that by clicking the Shift key we can draw strait lines without any effort.
We can also find a Pastel Tool next to the Pencil. The Pastel tool is similar to the Rough pencil, and it has a texture applied to the stroke. Each Tool has different styling options, and the best way to learn is to try them and experiment with them.
The Pencil Tool, as well as many other drawing or painting tools of Manga Studio, can be used for both Raster and Vector Layers. But as we saw in the videos from Lesson 3, the best thing is to use Raster Layers for everything related to sketching and coloring, and leave the Vector Layers for Inking purposes only.
How to use the Pencil Tool:
The Pencil tool is usually used for making the rough sketch of what our illustration will be, although it can be used for imitating real world pencil illustrations just as well.
When making a sketch, we will want to start with a Raster Layer.
Many traditional artists choose to make their drafts with a blue pencil, because it allowed them to add the details in a darker color on top of the draft, and if the drawing was scanned, the blue color could be easily removed through Tone Correction adjustments.
This method of using blue for sketching has been inherited into the digital world, and many artists choose to continue drawing the sketches and drafts in a blue color.
To work in such fashion, we can simply activate the Layer Effect – Layer Color.
This is a quick and dirty way of doing so without having to worry about what shade of blue we need to choose. This option can be toggled on and off, allowing us to see the drawing in black and white at any time.
But the most professional approach to start a sketch, is by using the Auto Actions provided by the software. In the third tab next to the Layer Panel, we can find the Auto Action Panel.
The first of this actions is called “Create Draft Layer”. By selecting it and clicking the Play button, the software will automatically prepare a layer for us. This Layer will be automatically named “Draft” and it will have a distinctive Blue Pencil icon attached to it, allowing us to easily spot the Layer among all others. It will also have the Layer Color Effect set up for us (that again can be toggled on and off), and it will be set in a Gray-scale color mode.
Once the draft layer has been set up, we can start sketching our illustration!
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