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Manga Studio Study -- New Comic Panel

My first ever completely-digital-from-start-to-finish comic panel, done in Manga Studio. On top, all the working layers I used, including perspective lines, blueline roughs, sketch, and ink; underneath, just the inks. I haven't decided if I want to try adding tones for shadows in Manga Studio, or just leave that to the coloring process.

This single panel took me several hours, but a lot of that time was spent learning the tools, in particular the focus line ruler and parallel line rulers.

There's a lot to like about Manga Studio-- being able to ink while zoomed way the heck in is huge-- but there's no denying that it has a steep, steep learning curve. Intuitive, it is not.

But powerful? Oh yes. It is powerful. This may just be one small 10"x3" (ish) panel, but what it represents is huge, to me!
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CasanovaUnlimited's avatar
I'm beginning to notice that "Ease of Use" and "Power/Flexibility" are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
the-gneech's avatar
Not always, but often!
carlfoxmarten's avatar
I'm beginning to find that software that is intuitive to use can be rather shallow as far as power goes.
(either that, or they simply moved the bump in the learning curve farther down, and made it steeper)

Another example (that you might not be interested in using) is Blender, a free 3D creation suite that focuses on speed more than being intuitive.
the-gneech's avatar
I don't have any immediate plans to mess around w/ 3D, it's just not my thing. But thanks for the tip nonetheless!