If you haven’t already, get your hands on a wacom tablet, once you master it, which won’t take long, you’ll make images 1000x faster! I heard there’s a new graphics tablet out that is comparable to the wacom but a lot cheaper:
Digital is incredibly versatile, it’s fast and cheap and you can take bigger creative leaps with your images once they transform from precious objects into just bytes which can be saved, undone, duplicated etc.
I don’t use Adobe Illustrator except for when I need to vectorise the linework using the live trace tool, here are the settings I use:
I just haven’t been able to get a grip on the pen sensitivity in Illustrator and I don’t like how much control you get over each single line and I don’t like using Bezier curves, I just prefer to draw them, even if they’re not spot on.
I use Manga Studio which I find a lot more intuitive as a pure drawing program. It’s pressure sensitivity is a lot better than photoshop as well. While it’s still a raster-based program, the largest size you can draw at is still 1200dpi 42cm x 42cm, and if you need to make something scalable you just live trace the art in Illustrator with those settings.
Digital can be frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it it really pays off, I started using digital methods when I found out James Jean and Sam Weber used them and their work doesn’t look too digital at all, but they still come from a strong drawing background, which is something one should always keep in practice anyway.
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