Messing with Clip Studio

I’ll always prefer “real” analogue pens, pencils and paper, but I gave Clip Studio another go at the weekend along with my Huion GT-220 v2 tablet monitor and I ended up enjoying myself. This is a very early work-in-progress from something I’ve been thinking about while I work on freelance gigs.

Clip Studio’s drawing tools are second to none I’d say, and I particularly like the vector ink pen(s). The pencil tools have a very authentic feel and behaviour. As for the Huion, I bought it for a job and when that was done I stored it away for a while, but I’m glad to re-visit. If you’re looking at a good, value-for-money alternative to a Wacom Cintiq then I’d recommend it. The pen stylus isn’t the greatest quality, but the display itself is very good inded. Considering the GT-220 cost less than half of the equivalent Wacom, I’d recommend it for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much on a first drawing monitor. Obviously, you could argue that an iPad Pro would be a better choice (and Clip Studio has a reportedly great version available for iOS), but personally I like having my work tools on a “proper”operating system such as Windows or MacOS (as far as I’m aware there is no Linux support from Clip Studio or Huion)

31 Days on Acorn Island

Acorn Island was a simple, hand-drawn game I ran on Twitter in October 2017 (also as part of #inktober2017). The idea was to draw something in pen and ink and then post it to Twitter where players could choose what to do / where to go next. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I wanted to make a game out of relatively simple tools such as a pen, paper and a smartphone. Maybe it’s more an ‘interactive story’ than a game. I don’t know. You decide.

It was good to be forced to invent something new everyday while attempting to carry along a story. I didn’t impose any rules on myself, beyond not being allowed to think or plan things too much. The game contains all the usual silly animals in hats, trees and pirates.  I’m amazed at how much my drawing style changed over the month. I definitely wanted a looser feel by the end. Anyway, below are the 31 different images that came out of the game. Below the images is a link to the Twitter thread (where most of the posts are, but not all. It took me time to figure out that I could just keep replying to myself).

Sir John Vanbird of the Kit-Kat Club circa 1705

This is simply a daft doodle made after I was reminded over on Twitter of the Kit-Kat Club. It was an 18th Century London club for the Whigs of the day. I have very fond memories of working as a designer on the National Portrait Gallery’s website years ago (almost 20 years in fact) while at Cogapp. I filled up the pages of my sketchbook with inky drawings of Gentlemen Whigs in Wigs.

Here’s the Kit-Kat Club on Wikipedia, if you’re interested in that kind of thing.