The Tools I Use to Conquer The World

The title of this blog is obviously an exaggeration. I’m not really trying to conquer the World… I’m trying to destroy it! Bwahahahahahahaha! No really, all joking aside, it’s meant to capture your attention and if you’re reading this far, It’s accomplished it’s goal. Now, since we’ve established what this post is not about, let’s talk about what it is about. The tools I use to create my comics and illustrations.

I’m writing this post because I often get asked, what tablet am I using and what app am I using. So this will not only inform you but also give me a way to point people towards the answer without having to repeat myself every single time. Let’s begin with the tablet.

I used to use a 12” Wacom Cintiq tablet connected to my iMac Apple computer. The Cintiq was my first encounter with a tablet with a screen and it was amazing. I did two 150 page graphic novels on that thing. For software, I was running a program called Manga Studio. That program has since been renamed to Clip Studio Paint. I also had an iPad and on occasions I’d dabble with drawing on it but, it wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t as fun. Until the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil arrived. Then, everything changed!

I got the 1st generation iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and immediately loaded an app called Procreate on it. The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, however, I have used different apps. But the tablet has and continues to remain the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

As for apps, I’ve used a lot (I have a YouTube channel and I’ve reviewed a few of these apps). But if I had to pick my main apps I go back to each and every time, I’d have to say, Procreate, Clip Studio Paint, Affinity Photo and ComicDraw. Of all of these, Procreate is my go to for everything, but if I had to illustrate a comic for myself or a client with as minimal effort as possible, I’d probably go with Clip Studio Paint since it’s basically made for creating comics.

Affinity Photo I use the same way I used to use Photoshop. As a matter of fact, it was the main reason why I dumped Photoshop. And basically that’s just to batch export images or fix things up here or there. I do, on occasions, sketch and ink in it, but mainly I use it for minor things. And ComicDraw, like Clip Studio Paint, is specifically made for creating comics on the iPad. However, if you’re looking for power, I’d go with Clip Studio, yet if you’re looking for simplicity, I’d go with ComicDraw.

And that’s it. Those are the digital tools I use to create comics and illustrations on the iPad Pro. On occasions, I also do traditional art and I have another set of tools I use for that, but I’ll leave that for another post in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Published by Eric Merced


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