Dez; Inked.

Making progress on my new project, so I thought I’d share where it’s going.

Yesterday, I roughed out a sketch of Dez in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. I’m doing this on a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12, one of the few laptop models in the world that have a pen digitizer.

Today, I pulled the rough sketch over into Manga Studio, which is also known as Clip Studio, depending on when you bought it. Whatever the name, this application is one of the best when it comes to inking. Lines are buttery smooth and the G-Pen tool has a lot of options to customize exactly how it reacts to pen strokes. Adobe Photoshop is still lagging a bit behind, and Corel Painter well… just lags because it needs a beefier PC to run smoothly. I don’t usually use Manga Studio for much else, but if I ever wanted to do storyboarding or page layouts for illustrations I’d probably spin it up for that too.

I know I’m going to need Dez to look good zoomed in (I’m not going to tell you why just yet) so I am working at an extraordinarily high resolution. Here’s what it looks like at 100% zoom:

As long as you have decently weighted lines, going all in with a huge canvas gives you the most flexibility. You really get to see those nice lines that Manga Studio rocks at, and it’s easier to clean up errors and intersections. it’s worth mentioning that this isn’t done using any vectors either. I get it, vectors are great, but I’d rather stick with a traditional raster layer and just overcompensate on the resolution.

I’m excited to keep moving forward and show you what’s in store. Stay tuned!




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