The comic artist on using a Wacom tablet with Manga Studio
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!