Introducing Manga Studio 5

I just love Manga Studio 2As you might have read on my About page, I am planning to convert some of my artwork into digital form.  I also plan to create new digital pieces directly.  I would have liked to have invested in Photoshop but I couldn’t afford it.  Instead I have bought something called Manga Studio 5, which is a lot cheaper.  I also bought a (cheap) graphics tablet.  Manga Studio is a graphics tool designed for people who create manga (Japanese comics).  The picture on the left only took me a few minutes to produce.  However, there’s a steep learning curve with both Manga Studio and the graphics tablet.  Drawing with them involves a whole new form of hand-eye coordination. So far, I love using them.  It can be a little frustrating at times, like when I can’t remember how I produced a particular effect.  There are mountains of features to become familiar with.  The most frustrating thing so far has been trying to pose the 3D drawing dolls.  Apparently there is a little electronic mannequin that you can plug in to make this easier but we’re back to expensive gear again.  Anyway, all that aside, I still love Manga Studio.  I hope to get really stuck into it from September onwards.

DSC00078The final version of the background graphic on this blog was produced in Manga Studio.  It’s a dharma wheel that I designed for an Irish retreat centre called Sunyata.  I started with a photograph of my design on paper (see right).  I then painstakingly went over the design in Windows 7’s Paint package.   This was what convinced me that I needed a new graphics package.  Don’t get me wrong though, I like Paint and I still use it for simpler tasks.

[Update: the dharma wheel design is now available for free download via deviantART or you can pay them to print it for you.  I get a small percentage of each sale.]

I look forward to being able to share more of my artwork with you.  Do you have a favourite graphics package?  Have you used a graphics tablet?  What do you think of digital art?  Please leave a comment.


Posted on July 24, 2013, in Art, Celtic interlace and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. First I think Digital art is very cool and quickly becoming a trend for lack of better words. I have never had use for a graphics package or a graphics tablet. Even after saying all of that everything I have read in the tech world indicates tablets in general will overtake laptops in the next 5 or 6 years.


  2. Wow! I’m seriously impressed. Good luck with it.
    I can’t help with a suggestion as I know nothing about digital art,


  3. Digital graphics looks very fun and interesting, and you seem pretty good at it! I know nothing about it, so I can’t really give you much knowledgeable feedback, except to say that I can identify with what you said about “when I can’t remember how I produced a particular effect.” I laughed out loud when I read that because that has happened to me SO many times when processing photos! I understand how making a lovely creation and then forgetting how it was accomplished is very frustrating. You appear to be very talented, so I have no doubt that you’ll continue producing really good work!


    • Thank you for your kind comment. I imagine there is a lot of overlap between digital graphics and processing photos. Do you use Photoshop?

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgets that kind of thing. Maybe it’s good that we can’t remember though, otherwise we’d probably use the same thing over and over and all our pictures would end up looking the same. Maybe. 😀


      • Well, Sarah, lol, no — I’m too frugal (cheap) to use Photoshop, although I would love to have it someday — I use a combination of mainly Gimp and Olympus, with occasional help from Picasa and Photoscape.
        Well, idk, if my old feeble mind could just remember the BASICS I would be able to vary the effects enough to change things up — it’s frustrating when I have to practically relearn the whole program if I don’t use it at least once a week, lol!


      • I know what you mean. 😀 I know I’ll be starting pretty much from scratch again with Manga Studio in September.


  4. I know nothing about the things you are writing about but you, my friend, are such a fabulous person. Talented, interesting, open and just everything a person could want in a friend. I’m so happy we met. 🙂


  5. Reblogged this on Anglo Saxon Celt Creates and commented:

    I’m still working hard to get familiar with the techniques of digital art and the features of the Manga Studio software. Here is my post from 2013 that explains a little more about what’s involved.


  6. My Dear Sarah, Writing leaves me with So little time, that I do not even Think of creating Art forms. And Why should I? When I have People like You who would very kindly do that Hard work for me, so that I can just sit back and Enjoy?! Haha! Love. 🙂


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