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

Use Clip Studio Paint Pro/Ex (formerly Manga Studio 5) for digital art, drawing and painting (e.g. comic book creation)
Instructor:
Brian Jackson
7,154 students enrolled
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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

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:

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

So, enroll now to get started.  Remember that Udemy provides a 30-day no questions asked money back guarantee that makes your decision a no-brainer.

I hope to see you in the classroom soon,

—Brian

Introduction

1
Course Overview of the 2019 Edition

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

2
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.

3
How to Watch This Course

An explanation of using the Udemy play speed and bookmark features to enhance your video lesson viewing efficiency and effectiveness.

Tools

1
Introduction to Tools

Section overview.

2
Computer Requirements

The published Celsys computer requirements for running Clip Studio Paint.

3
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.

4
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.

5
Software Selection and Installation

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

6
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

7
Conclusion to Tools

Section summary.

Setup

1
Introduction to Setup

Section overview.

2
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.

3
My Screen Layout Definition File and How to Load It

Apparently the default screen layout has changed.  So, to insure we're looking at the same screen, I'm providing my screen layout definition file (see lecture resources) with instructions on loading it.

4
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.

5
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).

6
Software Performance Tuning

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

7
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

8
Conclusion to Setup

Section summary.

Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals

1
Introduction to Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals

Section overview.

2
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.

3
Screen Layout and Configuration

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

4
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.

5
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.

6
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.

7
Zooming and Panning Your View

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

8
Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals Section Workshop

Section demonstration.

9
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

10
Conclusion to Clip Studio Paint Fundamentals

Section summary.

Drawing Fundamentals

1
Introduction to Drawing Fundamentals

Section overview.

2
Drawing Lines

Advice on how to draw smooth straight lines.

3
Drawing Curves

Advice on how to draw smooth curves.

4
Drawing Circles and Ovals

Advice on how to draw perfect circles and ovals.

5
Drawing 3D Cylinders

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

6
Connecting Your Basic Shapes

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

7
Drawing Contour Lines

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

8
Drawing 3D Cubes and Rectangles

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

9
Drawing Fundamentals Section Workshop

Section demonstration.

10
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

11
Conclusion to Drawing Fundamentals

Section summary.

Painting Fundamentals

1
Painting Techniques and Styles

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

Drawing and Painting Workflow

1
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

1
Introduction to Sketching

Section overview.

2
Creating a Project, Page and Panel

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

3
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.

4
Pencils, Pens and Paint Brushes

The uses and features of each drawing tool.

5
Erasing

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

6
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.

7
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.

8
Sketching Section Workshop

Section demonstration.

9
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

10
Conclusion to Sketching

Section summary.

3D Reference Models

1
Using 3D Reference Models

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

2
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

1
Introduction to Inking

Section overview.

2
Raster vs Vector Inking Layers

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

3
Direct Draw Tools

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

4
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.

5
Modifying Vector Lines

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

6
Varying Line Thickness

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

7
Erasing Vector Layer Draw Throughs

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

8
Inking Section Workshop

Section demonstration.

9
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

10
Conclusion to Inking

Section summary.

Intermission

1
Please Leave a Course Review

Please take the time to leave an honest review of this course. 

Thank you,

---Brian

Color Flatting

1
Introduction to Color Flatting

Section overview.

2
Creating Color Layers

Creating and positioning your color layer(s).

3
Autoselecting Regions

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

4
Using the Bucket Fill Tool

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

5
Color Flatting Section Workshop

Section demonstration.

6
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

7
Conclusion to Color Flatting

Section summary.

Painting, Shading and Highlighting

1
Introduction to Painting, Shading and Highlighting

Section overview.

2
Reference Layers

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

3
Spraying On Shading, Highlighting and Shadows

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

4
Addendum: One More Try

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

5
Painting, Shading and Highlighting Section Workshop

Section project.

6
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

7
Conclusion to Painting, Shading and Highlighting

Section summary.

New Clip Studio Paint 1.6.4 Auto-coloring Option

1
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

1
Introduction to Backgrounds

Section background.

2
Options for Creating Backgrounds

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

3
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.

4
Gradients

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

5
Backgrounds Section Workshop

Section demonstration.

6
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

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