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Try CLIP STUDIO PAINT on a Tablet PC [Surface Pro]

Let's start the "CLIP STUDIO PAINT" which is powered up and delivered! Here, we introduce how to draw digital illustrations and enjoy using various tablets.
You can draw on a smartphone with a small screen, but a tablet PC with a slightly bigger screen can be drawn.
The "Surface Pro" used this time is a tablet PC with Windows 10. You can draw illustrations comfortably by using an optional dedicated touch pen and keyboard that also serves as a cover.
It is attractive that you can draw directly on the screen like a liquid crystal pen tablet, while maintaining the same specifications and comfort as a notebook PC.
Why don't you start using it as if you were buying an LCD tablet / notebook PC?
This time Re: Somehow, we will introduce you to the usefulness of knowing when drawing with CLIP STUDIO PAINT, along with the comfort of using a tablet PC, and the convenient places where you can make works more fun I will!

* This article is edited from "Small S" published in Vol. 58 released in July 2019.
* This article is in Japanese. Machine translations are available for non-Japanese sites.

The 8th Navigator [Re: Somehow]

Re: Somehow / illustrator. Draw a gothic world and Japanese style fantasy.
He often draws young people, but he also likes to draw women.


What tools do I need to draw on a tablet?

■ Microsoft Surface Pro 6
Installed OS: Windows 10 Home
Liquid crystal: 12.3 inches (resolution 2736 x 1824)
Body size: 292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm
Weight: 770g ~
Battery drive time: Up to 13.5 hours of video playback

■ Surface pen
Pen pressure sensing: 4096 steps / tilt support
Battery: AA batteries

■ Surface Pro type cover
A keyboard that can also be a cover.
Connect to main body with magnet.


If you are using for the first time, purchase software from the CLIP STUDIO site or select a free trial version and download it.

If you have purchased CLIP STUDIO PAINT, log in to the CLIP STUDIO site and go to "My Page".

Check "Product serial number" and install CLIP STUDIO PAINT on Surface Pro.

What can you do with a tablet?

■ Pen which we can draw smoothly and size which we can draw delicately are attractive!

You may be worried that tablets are more suitable for full-scale drawing than PCs.
Surface Pro has 128GB to 1TB of storage and 8GB or 16GB of RAM, so you can comfortably draw large data sizes.
The liquid crystal is about A4 size, so it is enough to draw.
The dedicated Surface pen has fine pen pressure sensing and also supports tilt, so you can reproduce the shading and the strength of lines.

Re: Somehow, she is wearing gloves without fingertips.
It is recommended because it does not get fingerprints or sweat and the pen slides better.

The pen with the magnet can be attached to the main body, so there is no need to worry about losing it.
Since the power supply is a battery, you can draw without charging.

■ Adjust the canvas size at your fingertips and draw pictures intuitively!

The Surface Pro display supports the multi-touch feature, so you can operate it with your finger as well as the Surface pen.
Re: Somehow he was drawing while scaling the screen and rotating the canvas.
If the angle and magnification can be adjusted intuitively, the working efficiency will increase sharply.

* The multi-touch function can be turned off.

■ Removable keyboard is convenient and can be drawn at any angle!

When moving from a desktop or laptop to a tablet or tablet PC, the inconvenience is the lack of a keyboard.
Surface Pro supports a detachable dedicated keyboard, so you can input text comfortably.
In addition, the angle of the free-standing kickstand attached to the main body can be adjusted freely, and you can draw stably even if the angle is attached.

The easy-to-use kickstand can be freely adjusted from near horizontal to near right angle, making it convenient for watching movies.

"Surface Pro Type Cover" has a keyboard, so you can also use the shortcut function.

● CLIP STUDIO PAINT recommended function①Shortcut key setting

A convenient function to switch tools or execute actions with the keys you enter is [Shortcut key setting].
You can check the settings from the [File] menu → [Shortcut key settings] and change them to easy-to-use keys.

Re: Somehow / Using keyboard shortcut key settings have been used frequently after work. I'd like to recommend it because work speed will increase and I can concentrate on drawing!

Shortcut keys set by default are summarized in "CLIP STUDIO PAINT Shortcut List".

■ Re: Shortcut key recommended somehow

① Shortcut key [D]: [Select Layer] tool
For example, if you want to paint the skin in a separate layer after drawing a goldfish, finding the layer can be difficult.
In such a case, press the keyboard [D] to switch to [Select Layer].

Surround the area you want to paint and select the appropriate layer.

② Shortcut key [[] & []]: Change brush size
Where you can change the brush size in small steps, shortcuts are useful because you can adjust them step by step.

③ Shortcut key [C]: Switching between drawing color and transparent color
For example, [Transparent color] is useful when you want to erase the color with the [Dark watercolor] brush.
Press [C] on the keyboard to switch between [Main color] and [Transparent color].

The color of the brush becomes [Transparent] without changing the brush setting, so you can erase the color without changing the pen touch.

④ Shortcut key [X]: Switching between drawing color and background color
This is convenient when you want to quickly switch from yellow in [Main color] to red in [Sub color].
Press [X] on the keyboard to switch between [Main Color] and [Sub Color].

You can tell which color is selected by the light blue frame.
You can paint with the feeling of drawing while holding two color pens.

Surface Pro is a model that can easily use shortcuts because a keyboard can be attached as an option. You can draw efficiently by using both pen and keyboard.

Match brush size and original size

Unlike analog illustrations drawn at full scale, one of the advantages is that digital works can be displayed and drawn in various sizes regardless of the LCD size.

Re: Somehow, he changed the brush size of the line drawing to match the size of the manuscript.
If the canvas is small, draw it thin, and if it is large, draw it thick, so it seems easy to draw line art.
It also prevents line drawings from being too thin or too thick when printed on paper.

The display size of digital illustrations varies depending on the canvas size. Even with the same brush size, if you adjust the display size of the screen, the A4 size looks thinner. It is easier to draw a line drawing that matches the display.

Here, Re: Somehow's canvas size and brush size are listed.
Please try to reference.
・ Line drawing for postcard size (resolution: 300dpi): "G pen" 3 pix (inside the outline) to 5 pix (outside the outline)
・ Line drawing for A4 size (resolution: 300dpi): "G pen" 10 pix (inside the outline) to 12 pix (outside the outline)

This illustration is drawn in postcard size (300dpi).

● CLIP STUDIO PAINT recommended function②Brush customization

■ For coloring (original)
Used throughout with a crisp fill with a distinct watercolor border.
Create it to give an analog feel.

■ Yawa skin brush
Colors firmly. The touch is a little soft. This is a material distributed by users distributed by ASSETS.

■ Airbrush (soft)
Use when blending or spreading to create a natural gradation.

■ Watercolor (more water)
Good color mixing. As it becomes soft touch, it fits a picture with a soft atmosphere.

Illustration making [1] Painting a person

■ Apply skin

(1) Apply a color that is a little darker than the undercoated skin and where there is shadow on the skin.
Use a “coloring” brush with a watercolor border to color the knuckles.

② Use [Airbrush (soft)] to softly extend to the fingertip side.
By leaving the watercolor border for “coloring” that was put in process ②, it gives a sharp impression.

③ For the neck where the shadow falls dark, add a purple shadow after painting the shadow with a similar color to the undercoat.
Transparency and three-dimensional feeling increase than painting only with skin color.

ハ イ Draw a highlight behind the nose.
There is a shadow on the head of the nose, so if you put highlights next to each other, you will get a sharp contrast.

■ Apply gray hair

① Put gray on the whole with [Airbrush].
Highlight areas are erased with [Eraser (hard)] to make them brighter.

② Draw the flow of hair with "For coloring" to give the hair bundle a three-dimensional effect.
Follow the outline of the highlight to emphasize the shape.

③Take the highlight gray with [eyedropper] and draw a line up and down with [G pen].
A thin line will give a sharp impression.

■ Paint a hakama

① It is in the state of undercoat. It is a color scheme where the green of the lining shines in the black of the hakama.
Since it is hard to see if it is black solid, add gray to make it a gradation.
The main line can be seen, making it easier to paint.

② Apply dark gray to the folds of the pleats with “for coloring”.
Place dark gray on the front side of the folds while avoiding borders with the "Yawa Skin Brush", and spread with [Color Mix (Blur)].
By not adding fine wrinkles, you can express the thickness of the cloth.

(3) For highlights, place a color with the "Yawa Skin Brush" that gives a soft touch, and blend in with [Color Mix (Blur)].
Since the coloring is performed with the light source in mind, the gloss increases as it goes to the outside, and the contrast increases and decreases.

■ Apply a transparent sleeve

① Draw wrinkles on the sleeve of the transparent material.
Using "for coloring" with a watercolor border, paint a darker gray.

② Use [Color Mixing (Blur)] to softly blur the border.
The point is to leave a little watercolor border.

[POINT] Create layers with easy-to-understand names
I will introduce how to divide the layers and the layer names using the coloring of clogs as an example.

・ Highlight ... "h" layer
・ The second layer of the lizard ... "k2" layer
・ Gradient: "g" layer

■ Paint a Japanese sword

(1) Paint the shadow of the sheath with the [Sign Pen]. Leave it uncoated as it gives the edges a gloss.

② Draw a line at the border left unpainted in darker blue than in process ②, and extend with [Color Mix (Blur)].

③ Apply the pattern winding. Paint purple on both sides lighter than the undercoat, and add dark and light shades at random.

で Draw the luster of the metal and the unevenness of the string of the pattern winding with "for coloring".
Lines with watercolor borders can add a touch like a stroke efficiently, increasing the density of drawing.

を Pale pale pink on both ends, reduce the opacity of the layer to 49% and blend in the colors.

淡 Apply light blue to the end of the sheath that was left unpainted in step で with a “color paint brush” to create a glossy look.
"Color brush" is a brush with 100% opacity, so you can get a clear color.

[POINT] Creating a layer mask
The [Layer Mask] function can prevent the color from overflowing and hide some overlapping items.
A similar function, [Clip at Layer Below], is an effect that refers only to the layer below.
[Layer Mask] saves time because the effect is applied to the entire created folder.

In this illustration, the hand is hidden because there is a Japanese sword layer above the hand.
I made a mask in the Japanese sword folder and erased part of the sheath with an eraser.

■ Apply goldfish

(1) Paint the tip of the fin with pink using [Airbrush (soft)], and add a shadow with "For coloring".

② In the new layer, draw a wavy line along the body line using “for coloring”.

③ Use [Color Mixing (Blur)] to quickly blur the scale line. The point is to leave a little shape.

で Draw the wavy lines of the scale on the second layer with “For coloring”. If you slightly shift the line, the density will come out.

色 Attach a color along with the outline of the fin with "For coloring". The unevenness is emphasized to give a three-dimensional effect.

た ら After drawing scales several times, blend the patterns with [Color Mixing (Blur)].

 を Add gloss to head or fin with [G Pen].
The scales are also expressed by making use of the watercolor border of "for coloring".

 少 し If you add not only strong highlights but also slightly faint highlights, you will feel more stereoscopic in your head.

Prepare the illustration making [2] screen

■ Add shadow
Add a shadow to a person in "Coloring". Since the eyes around the face are gathered, I will add carefully.

■ Add hair with white
Re: Somehow / just apply it, so the hair is flat, so I will add it to give the hair a three-dimensional appearance!

■ Shape
Re: If you manage / apply a touch or shape around the contour, the perfection will increase.

■ Add light
Re: Somehow / direct the natural light from behind, the person and the background become familiar!

Illustration making [3] finishing

■ Adjust the overall shading

Place the layer that has been rainbow colored with the [Gradient] tool in the composite mode [Overlay].

Re: I managed to add a change to the monotonous shades of the same / similar colors to make it more vivid.
I often use the [Gradation Map] layer of the [Color Correction Layer], [Black and White], [Sunrise (Bright)], [Level Correction] layer, and [Color Balance] layer.
* The [Gradient map] layer can be created from the [Layer] menu → [New color correction layer] → [Gradient map].

■ I give depth to color

Create a layer with the composition mode set to [Overlay], place it on the clothing layer, and paint it in purple.

Re: Somehow / adjusts the weakness of color. In order to enhance the contrast without turbidity, I put on the same purple color as the clothes with reduced brightness.

■ Highlight highlights

Apply the cream color to the layer of Dodge Mode (Emission) to emphasize the hair highlights.

Re: Somehow / highlighting of gray hair was not so noticeable on the layer in the composite mode [normal], so I adjusted it.
I chose the cream color that I used because it was easier to blend with the picture than white and I used it for clothes.

■ Adjust the overall color

Apply dark purple over the whole person and place it with [Multiply].

Re: It is the shadow of the role that somehow / adapts the whole. It can be made in a short time by shading the shadow with [Eraser (Softening)] from a solid state. I often use it for finishing.

Here is the completed illustration!

Re: Recommended points of somehow's tablet

It's good that Surface Pro has an input range of about B5 size though it is compact.
The pen had no grip and was easy to hold and easy to use.

We thought that cospa was good in price compared with liquid crystal pen tablet and felt that it was convenient to be able to carry easily.
I wanted to meet when I was in school when I was lost in purchasing a notebook PC ...!

Also, CLIP STUDIO PAINT has been used since I started drawing illustrations digitally, but I am glad that it is cheap and has a permanent license!
It is also encouraging that we can use materials and support various models.
Many people use it, so it's good to see a lot of making.
I use it at work.

About SS Small S

An illustration magazine launched in 2005. As the catchphrase "Making & Contribution Magazine", a magazine is created by posting articles on how to draw illustrations and posting illustrations.
Contents where you can enjoy both digital and analog illustrations. Work can be posted from the Web.


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