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Get the Most out of your Manga Studio Brushes

To get the most out of Manga Studio and my brushes, I highly, highly recommend using the app’s pen pressure dialog which is found under the file menu in Windows and under the app-name menu on Macs.

Make strokes with that panel open and Manga Studio will tailor itself to the pressure curve of your tablet for a linear, natural feel.

Make sure to have the option that uses multiple strokes selected and then draw on the canvas a bit using your natural pressure and cadence. Make a good five to ten strokes and it will normalize all the stroke data and turn it into an ideal pressure curve for you.

All of my brushes work just a liiiiiittle bit better if you’re getting the most linear possible output at the start from your tablet.

Intuos Pro Mediums Down to $299 on Amazon

Intuos Pro Medium tablets are down to $299 on Amazon. That’s the cheapest I’ve seen them.

I picked one up for pairing with my laptop on the go. I’ve been gravitating more towards non-monitor tablets lately, so it’ll be nice to have a portable option that is neither my Companion or Surface Pro 3.

Commission. “My wife riding a corgi.”

All digital in MS with my 'real' 2B pencil only.

Commission. “My wife riding a corgi.”

All digital in MS with my 'real' 2B pencil only.

A FEW COMMISSIONS

I offered commissions for the first and only time about two years ago. It was right before a move from rural Illinois to near Austin, TX, A move, in part, to get more into the art scene somewhere. One neighbor for eight square miles meant that not a lot of other folks were even around, let alone interested in art.

As a self taught dude, I felt like the move was an important one to make. I’d spent ten years teaching myself art in isolation and I wanted to be around others who made it. Things really popped off for me after. In strange and amazing ways. My schedule, however, was borked beyond repair.

I offered everyone refunds because I was only able to chip away slowly, but they all wanted to wait. They’ve been amazing! As of about a month ago, I finally got things worked out into a position where I could dedicate a lot of time to personal work. I’m excited for two BIG reasons, among many others.

One, I get to finally chew through the remaining commissions. Above is about half of what was left. It’ll be a huge weight off my chest to close these out. Everyone has had the patience of a saint and I really appreciate how awesome the community has been.

Two, I get to make personal work, not freelance work, for the first time since 2006. Now that my schedule will clear, and my life stuff has equalized, I’m going to be focusing on making works for no reason other than my own interest for the first time in almost ten years.

My wash brush set is now the Paints & Wet Media super set! 100 brushes! Reblog for a chance at a free set!

Get it here!

The old set contained nine brushes. The new set contains one hundred. That’s more than ten times the brushes of the old set! Oils, acrylics, wash brushes, digital concept art brushes, and more, all for Manga Studio 5 and Clip Paint.

NEW Concept Painting brushes designed for digital character and environmental art workflows.

NEW High Res Wash brushes with detailed, high resolution repeating patterns for more convincing digital watercolor work.

And a heap more! I’ve consolidated existing sets and added new brushes to simplify things moving forward. All my paint and wash brushes are now in one place.

I’ll be updating my Manga Studio wash set soon.

The new brushes are super fun to work with.

Getting ripped happens. How you react is up to you.

People steal my work a lot. This person, for instance, is "using" my tiling head pattern that I made for Threadless and use on my store.

I sent a terse message on his contact form and left a comment on his Instagram.

I tend not to spend too much time or effort on these things. If you’re too busy protecting works and looking backwards, you have less time to look forward and make new ones.

If this were a multi-million dollar retail juggernaut printing my stuff, I’d be a little more concerned, but there’s always going to be a percentage of folks who jack your stuff.

Going internet commando on them isn’t likely to change that. It will make you angry and waste your time, however.

Evil Dead fan art for a show in London.

We were tasked with only using two colors set to multiply. Digital duotones, basically.

Most folks default to lineart when working with spots, but you can do so much more. I’ve put in a lot of time over the last few years working at making convincing limited color, painterly work for screen printing.

MS5, my painterly brush, two greyscale layers set to spot colors and multiplied.

Value study/underpainting of an Evil Dead piece for a themed show.

If your value works, color is practically incidental. MS5, my painterly brush.

Value study/underpainting of an Evil Dead piece for a themed show.

If your value works, color is practically incidental. MS5, my painterly brush.

My go-to drawing setup is probably not what you’d expect.

Maybe it’s because I cut my digital art teeth on them, or maybe I’m feeling nostalgic, but I find myself gravitating to my workstation that has a BFT (big fucking tablet) lately.

It’s hard to argue with the simple, straightforward nature of an Intuos Pro Large.

My go-to drawing setup is probably not what you’d expect.

Maybe it’s because I cut my digital art teeth on them, or maybe I’m feeling nostalgic, but I find myself gravitating to my workstation that has a BFT (big fucking tablet) lately.

It’s hard to argue with the simple, straightforward nature of an Intuos Pro Large.