PJ Holden

The comic artist on us­ing a Wa­com tablet with Manga Stu­dio

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How does draw­ing with a Wa­com tablet help you get more out of Manga Stu­dio?

I think that dig­i­tal draw­ing ben­e­fits enor­mously from some sort of graph­ics tablet. Us­ing a mouse is pos­si­ble – comic and pin-up artist Adam Hughes coloured with a mouse for years, for ex­am­ple – but from a draw­ing point of view, a pen in­put is the op­ti­mal choice. Per­son­ally speak­ing, the pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, to­gether with how cus­tomis­able Manga Stu­dio’s pens are, help to cre­ate nat­u­ral­is­tic draw­ing tools.

What brushes and tools are par­tic­u­larly am­pli­fied by be­ing able to use Wa­com’s fea­ture set?

Gen­er­ally, all of the ink­ing tools are helped by the ba­sic Wa­com fea­tures. Turn­ing to specifics, Manga Stu­dio’s abil­ity to read the tilt of the pen means that you can then use this to sim­u­late the use of a pen­cil on its side. For ex­am­ple, hold­ing the pen at an an­gle to get a larger cov­er­age, and then us­ing the pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity to achieve darker marks.

Can you give us a top tip on how to con­fig­ure Manga Stu­dio, so that you get the most out of us­ing a tablet?

I would say that you should con­fig­ure the pri­mary but­ton as the space bar. This en­ables you to eas­ily move the draw­ing sur­face around by us­ing the pen. And con­fig­ure the sec­ond but­ton as Undo, so when you make a mis­take it’s as easy to cor­rect as it is to do… not that I make many mis­takes, of course!

Fi­nally, are there any tools or brushes in Manga Stu­dio that you wished worked bet­ter with your Wa­com tablet?

I’d love it if I could get a spray ef­fect that would give a spray cone area depend­ing on the an­gle and po­si­tion­ing of the pen. I’m con­vinced it’s pos­si­ble, I just haven’t fig­ured out how!

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