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Course: Clip Studio Paint Pro/Ex (Manga Studio 5) Digital Painting

Clip Studio Paint Pro/Ex (Manga Studio 5) Digital Painting

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  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

In this course you will learn drawing and painting using Clip Studio Paint Pro or Ex (formerly Manga Studio 5), the most powerful illustration, manga and comic book software available today. Using my simplified techniques, you will learn to draw and paint like you never thought possible. All the way from sketching a basic concept through production and distribution of your finished work, this course will teach you everything you need to know to realize your full artistic potential.

Master Clip Studio Paint, drawing and painting techniques and the digital illustration workflow simply and easily and all in a single course:

  • Learn to draw quick and sloppy sketches using a tablet and stylus
  • Use 3D pose-able reference models to draw scenes containing human figures
  • Ink your drawing flawlessly using modifiable direct draw vector lines
  • Color flat your illustration with the simple click of a mouse
  • Add color to increase the realism of your illustration
  • Shade and Highlight your artwork to add form and dimension while staying with the lines
  • Create simple gradient backgrounds
  • Draw complex 3D architecture using perspective rulers
  • Letter, bubble and tail your work with ease
  • Produce and distribute your work for free or for sale on Amazon
  • Learn how to format and publish comic books

Gain experience with Clip Studio Paint's most useful features while learning the fundamental drawing and painting techniques most critical for beginner success.

This course manages to remain all inclusive while focusing on the software features and drawing techniques you need to know to become a superior digital artist. It is intended to teach those new to digital art everything they need to know to produce stunning results within hours.

At the same time, this course is easy to digest and provides a structured learning experience to insure speedy results. Section workshops and projects are provided to demonstrate each technique taught and offer you an opportunity to perform each technique yourself to demonstrate your proficiency with the subject.

I designed this digital art course to be easily understood by absolute beginners. That said, after completing the course you will be fully proficient with Clip Studio Paint and digital art and fully conversant in digital art tools and techniques.

All this sounds expensive, doesn't it? But it's not. Clip Studio Paint can be had for a free 30-day trial ($29 on sale) and an inexpensive drawing tablet is optional. This course supplies the knowledge at a reasonable price.

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of digital art using Clip Studio Paint. Short cuts and simplified techniques are used to streamline the illustration workflow while retaining the quality of your work.

After taking this course you will be a better artist.

I hope to see you in the classroom soon,

---Brian

Who this course is for:

  • Any student wanting to learn to draw
  • Any student interested in digital art
  • Any student who's heard about and is curious about Clip Studio Paint
  • Anyone wanting to produce and distribute professional quality comic books
  • Anyone looking for easy shortcuts available through the use of drawing software
Basic knowledge
  • Possess a relatively modern Mac or PC
  • Acquire a Clip Studio Paint Pro 30-day free trial license (if not on sale for $29)
  • An inexpensive drawing tablet can be useful during the sketching phase
What you will learn
  • To use Clip Studio Paint essentials to produce complex art from simple techniques
  • Drawing fundamentals focusing on digital drawing using both tablet and mouse
  • Digital illustration workflow
  • Recording your thoughts through simple crude sketches capturing the essence of an illustration
  • Drawing from 3D pose-able reference models
  • How to pull direct draw vector lines to produce smooth lines of varying thickness
  • Color flatting, coloring, shading, highlighting and shadows
  • Creating simple backgrounds from gradients
  • Using 3D perspective rulers to draw background architecture
  • Finished illustration production and distribution
  • Comic book creation and sale on Amazon
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 114
Total Duration: 07:48:14
Introduction
  • Course Overview of the 2019 Edition  

    An brief overview of the course contents, layout and features.

  • Why Use Clip Studio Paint  

    A brief overview of the features of Clip Studio Paint that make it the ideal digital drawing and painting software.

Tools
  • Introduction to Tools  

    Section overview.

  • Computer Requirements  

    The published Celsys computer requirements for running Clip Studio Paint.

  • Selecting the Perfect Graphics Tablet  

    An overview of various tablet options and my initial recommendation. Note that the following lecture amends this one to include my latest findings on tablet selection.


  • 2019 Addendum: Tablet Requirements, Selection and Installation  

    Depending upon your drawing style, you may not even need a tablet. Learn how owning a tablet can help you and watch a review of the three graphics tablets (Wacom Intuos Pro Medium, Surface Pro 4 and XP-Pen Artist 15.6) I've owned, which I prefer and the costs involved.

  • Software Selection and Installation  

    A discussion of Clip Studio Paint software versions (Pro vs Ex) followed by a software installation demonstration.

  • Tools Section Project: Gather Your Drawing Environment  

    To complete this, the first section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Designate a suitable computer as your digital graphics workstation.

    Select, acquire and install a version of Clip Studio Paint.

    Pick up graphics tablet suitable to your tastes.

    Submit the message "Tools complete" along with a list of the computer, tablet and software comprising your digital drawing environment to the Q&A section of this course.

    Thanks for playing along and enjoy the remainder of the course.

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Tools  

    Section summary.

Setup
  • Introduction to Setup  

    Section overview.

  • Software Screen Setup  

    Configure Clip Studio Paint to darken the display and to position tool selection buttons and tool configuration panels where you want them.

  • Manually Recreating My Screen Layout  

    Some people, especially Mac users, are unable to use my screen layout definition file, so here's how to manually recreate my Clip Studio Paint screen layout.


  • Tablet Setup with Clip Studio Paint Including Buttons and Finger Gestures  

    Configuring your tablet to work with Clip Studio Paint along with setting tablet buttons, pen buttons and finger gestures (if available).


  • Software Performance Tuning  

    A list of modifications you made need to consider to remove any lag you might experience in your drawing environment


  • Setup Section Project: Configure Your Work Environment  

    To complete this, the second section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Configure your drawing environment to your tastes and needs.

    Submit the message "Setup complete" to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    Enjoy the remainder of the course.

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Setup  

    Section summary.

Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals  

    Section overview.

  • Starting Clip Studio Paint  

    A description of how to find Clip Studio Paint on your Windows 10 computer and pin it to the Task Bar for easy start and return.

  • Screen Layout and Configuration  

    A brief description of the Clip Studio Paint screen layout including panels and screen layout configuration.

  • New, Save, Open, Close, Export and Quit  

    How to create a New drawing, Save and Open it, Close it and Export it in JPEG, PNG or PDF format for use in other programs.

  • Simply Drawing Using a Digital Pen  

    How to simply draw using a pen. This is all you need to know to use Clip Studio Paint as a drawing platform without taking advantage of it's drawing assistance features.

  • Eraser, Undo and Clear Layer  

    How to use the eraser to remove and soften lines and paint, undo and redo your actions and clear the contents of the current layer.

  • Zooming and Panning Your View  

    In this lecture you learn to use the mouse wheel and Hand tool to zoom and pan your view.

  • Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals Section Project: Draw Something  

    To complete this, the third section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Draw something. Anything you'd like. Even a squiggle.

    Save your drawing, export it and upload it to the Q&A section.

    Submit the message "CSP Fundamentals complete" to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    Thanks for playing along and enjoy the remainder of the course.

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals  

    Section summary.


Drawing Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Drawing Fundamentals  

    Section overview.


  • Drawing Lines  

    Advice on how to draw smooth straight lines.

  • Drawing Curves  

    Advice on how to draw smooth curves.

  • Drawing Circles and Ovals  

    Advice on how to draw perfect circles and ovals.

  • Drawing 3D Cylinders  

    Advice on how to draw a crucial building block of form.

  • Connecting Your Basic Shapes  

    In this lecture you'll learn how to draw lines connecting your basic shapes to produce complex compound shapes.

  • Drawing Contour Lines  

    How to draw contour lines to demonstrate the curve of a shape.

  • Drawing 3D Cubes and Rectangles  

    How to draw 3D rectangles and cubes to represent man made non-organic forms.

  • Drawing Fundamentals Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Drawing Fundamentals Section Project: Draw the Basic Shapes  

    To complete this, the fourth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Draw all the basic shapes several times. Try joining them to produce complex shapes.

    Save your best work, export it and upload it to the Q&A section.

    Submit the message "Drawing fundamentals complete" to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    Thanks for playing along and enjoy the remainder of the course.

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Drawing Fundamentals  

    Section summary.

Painting Fundamentals
  • Painting Techniques and Styles  

    In this lecture I provide a demonstration of my painting style and techniques.


Drawing and Painting Workflow
  • Drawing and Painting Workflow  

    An overview of the drawing and painting workflow from sketching and inking through color flatting, shading and highlighting all the way to production and sharing. This lecture provides an outline for the remainder of the course.

Sketching
  • Introduction to Sketching  

    Section overview.

  • Creating a Project, Page and Panel  

    How to create projects and pages to work on and how to add panels to your pages.

  • Creating and Organizing Layers  

    All drawing in Clip Studio Paint is done on layers. This lecture provides and introduction to layers, organization suggestions and a discussion of various useful layer operations.

  • Pencils, Pens and Paint Brushes  

    The uses and features of each drawing tool.

  • Erasing  

    Techniques for using the eraser to correct errors and reduce the darkness of your sketch lines.


  • Lasso Selection, Moving, Rotating and Deleting  

    A quick way to select portions of your drawing and move, rotate and resize them to refine your sketches.

  • Deemphasizing the Sketch Layer  

    Learn how to change the color of your sketch layer and reduce it's opacity to deemphasize it to make it easier to ink over.

  • Sketching Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Sketching Section Project: Sketch a Scene  

    To complete this, the fifth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Sketch a simple scene you'd like to work on in this course. 

    Save your work, export it and upload it to the Q&A section.

    Submit the message "Sketching complete" to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I'll see you in the classroom,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Sketching  

    Section summary.

3D Reference Models
  • Using 3D Reference Models  

    How to use Clip Studio Paint 3D reference models to help you sketch both people and hand poses.

  • 3D Reference Models Section Project: Make a Scene  

    To complete this, the five.oneth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Create a simple or complex scene using 3D materials. Export your scene as a JPG file. 

    Upload the JPG file to the Q&A section.

    Submit the message "Reference models complete" to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I'll see you in the classroom,

    ---Brian

Inking
  • Introduction to Inking  

    Section overview.

  • Raster vs Vector Inking Layers  

    Learn the what, why and how of selecting a raster or vector layer to ink on.

  • Direct Draw Tools  

    A demonstration of using the Direct Draw shape drawing tools to ink your drawing instead of the freehand technique.

  • Simplifying and Smoothing Vector Lines  

    Instructions on how to reduce the number of nodes in a vector shape while retaining it's shape. This is particular helpful if you plan to modify a freehand drawn line.

  • Modifying Vector Lines  

    How to add, remove and move nodes in a vector line while retaining the responsive curves of the line.

  • Varying Line Thickness  

    How to vary the thickness of both raster and vector uniformally or within areas to emphasis and deemphasis your inking lines.

  • Erasing Vector Layer Draw Throughs  

    How to use the Vector Eraser to remove draw-over lines with the lick of your wrist.

  • Inking Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Inking Section Project: Ink Your Foreground Work  

    To complete this, the sixth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Ink your scene sketch using either or both the freehand and direct draw techniques.

    Submit the message "Inking complete" along with a copy of your ink layer to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I look forward to viewing your work,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Inking  

    Section summary.

Color Flatting
  • Introduction to Color Flatting  

    Section overview.

  • Creating Color Layers  

    Creating and positioning your color layer(s).

  • Autoselecting Regions  

    This is not actually needed for color flatting, but it's useful to know.

  • Using the Bucket Fill Tool  

    Using the bucket fill tool to replace colors and fill areas.

  • Color Flatting Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Color Flatting Section Project: Color Flat Your Work  

    To complete this, the seventh section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Color flat your course illustration.

    Submit the message "Color flatting complete" along with a copy of your work to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I hope you're having fun,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Color Flatting  

    Section summary.

Painting, Shading and Highlighting
  • Introduction to Painting, Shading and Highlighting  

    Section overview.

  • Reference Layers  

    How to designate your inking layer as a reference layer so that your painting remains within the line.

  • Spraying On Shading, Highlighting and Shadows  

    How to use the Airbrush tool to spray shading and highlighting on shapes and figures and paint shadows.

  • Addendum: One More Try  

    I correct my errors in the previous lecture that prevented me from properly shading, highlighting and shadowing my pear.

  • Painting, Shading and Highlighting Section Workshop  

    Section project.

  • Painting, Shading and Highlighting Section Project: Shade & Highlight Your Work  

    To complete this, the eighth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Add color, shading and highlights to your course illustration.

    Submit the message "Coloring, shading and highlighting complete" along with a copy of your work to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I'll see you in the classroom,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Painting, Shading and Highlighting  

    Section summary.

New Clip Studio Paint 1.6.4 Auto-coloring Option
  • New Clip Studio Paint 1.6.4 Auto-coloring Option  

    The recent Clip Studio Paint 1.6.4 release added an amazing new coloring option that I outline in this lecture.

Backgrounds
  • Introduction to Backgrounds  

    Section background.


  • Options for Creating Backgrounds  

    A brief discussion of your options for creating backgrounds for your illustration.

  • Flash, Decoration and Saturation Tools  

    How to make creating backgrounds easier using the flash and decoration tools. Plus how to add decorations to your foreground illustration.

  • Gradients  

    How to use simple gradients for backgrounds. Plus how to make pipes and other cool objects.

  • Backgrounds Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Backgrounds Section Project: Add a Background to Your Work  

    To complete this, the ninth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Add a background to your course illustration.

    Submit the message "Background complete" along with a copy of your work to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I'll see you in the classroom,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Backgrounds  

    Section summary.

Perspective Rulers
  • Introduction to Perspective Rulers  

    Section introduction.

  • Perspective Ruler  

    One of the most powerful features of Clip Studio Paint is the perspective ruler. This lecture provide and overview and introduction to perspective drawing using this ruler.

  • Drawing with Perspective  

    An introduction and overview of perspective in drawing.

  • Drawing with 1 Point Perspective  

    Learn to draw in single point perspective by drawing train tracks disappearing on the horizon.

  • Drawing with 2 Point Perspective  

    Learn to draw in two point perspective by drawing the corner of a wall.

  • Perspective Rulers Section Project: Draw a Wall in Two Point Perspective  

    To complete this, the tenth section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Learn by doing -- draw a wall in two pointer perspective.

    Submit the message "Perspective complete" along with a copy of your work to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    I'll see you in the classroom,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Perspective Rulers  

    Section conclusion.

Lettering
  • Introduction to Lettering  

    Section overview.

  • Adding and Manipulating Text  

    Adding text to a page.

  • Adding Fonts From the Internet  

    A demonstration of using DaFont to add the Alex Toth font to your system and Clip Studio Paint.

  • Balloons  

    Adding comic style speech and thought bubbles to surround your text.

  • Tails  

    Adding tails to your speech and thought bubbles to designate the speaker or thinker.

  • Lettering Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Lettering Section Project: Title Your Work  

    To complete this, the eleventh section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Add a title in a box to your illustration.

    Submit the message "Lettering complete" along with a copy of your work to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    Congratulations on almost making it to the end,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Lettering  

    Section summary.

Production
  • Saving and Exporting  

    The difference between saving and exporting followed by an explanation of how to export your work from Clip Studio Paint.

  • Production Section Project: Produce and Share Your Work  

    There's no section project for this section: you've made it to the end and been saving and exporting all along. I see no need for further practice ;-).

    Congratulations on making it to the end of the workflow... but not the end of the course.

    ---Brian

Comics
  • Introduction to Comics  

    Section introduction.

  • Creating a Comic Page with Panels  

    In this lecture you'll learn how to create a comic size page and carve in into panels to create a comic page.

  • Working with Multiple Pages in Clip Studio Paint Ex  

    In this lecture you'll learn how to use the Clip Studio Paint Ex multi-page comic feature.

  • Comic Production and Distribution  

    In this lecture you'll learn how to produce and distribute your digital comic book.

  • Comics Section Workshop  

    Section demonstration.

  • Comics Section Project: Produce a Comic Page  

    To complete this, the eleventh section project of this course, I'd like you to do the following:

    Create a single comic page with multiple panels. Put something into each cell and produce a JPG.

    Submit the message "Comics complete" along with a copy of your work to the Q&A section of this course to share your progress.

    Congratulations on becoming a comic artist,

    ---Brian

  • Conclusion to Comics  

    Section conclusion.

Additional Fun Tools and Techniques
  • Symmetry and Special Rulers  

    Draw Spyrograph style kaleidoscopes using the symmetry ruler and parallel lines and more using the special rulers.

  • Layer Lock Transparent Pixels  

    How to draw over existing drawings.

Drawing and Painting Workshops
  • Body Proportions (Part 1)  

    A demonstration of drawing body proportions.

  • Body Proportions (Part 2)  

    A continuation of the demonstration of drawing body proportions.

  • Melanie Jackson's First Tablet Drawing Experience (sketch only)  

    My wife, Melanie Jackson, actually allowed me to record her first Clip Studio Paint session using a tablet.

Conclusion
  • Course in Review  

    This lecture provides a summary of the course in review.

  • What's Next  

    Some recommendations on what to do now with all your knowledge.

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