Smith Micro is launching a series of weekly Featured Artists to promote skilled digital artists who use our software; Anime Studio, Poser, and Manga Studio aka CLIP STUDIO PAINT. These featured artists are also promoted on our Twitter page and a piece of their work will be shared on Twitter every day of their featured week. Thanks for reading. Enjoy!
To honor Groundhog Day, which is the first day of Paul Ebido's featured week, he drew this adorable illustration in Manga Studio.
I am a self-taught artist/illustrator and a mechanical engineer by profession. I live and work in the Philippines as a freelance illustrator specializing in character and mascot design for clients, which started in 2011. When I was 3, I started doodling on walls. Then on floors, boards, sketch pads and finally on computer programs. By the age of 12, my hobby became a career.
I began using Manga Studio EX 4 for inking in 2012. I really love the software because it’s easy to use and perfect for beginners. It has excellent natural art tools, a huge range of tones, and 3D props.
My favorite features in Manga Studio:
- Polyline tool – This tool allows users to replicate a pen or pencil tool or a pressure sensitive pen tablet stroke.
- Ruler tool – Even if you don’t have a pen tablet, you can do perspective, perfect straight/curve line and perfect circle/oval with the use of “ruler tool” and your mouse.
- 3D Workspace – This tool is essential to my process when I am tweaking (moving/rotating/re-sizing) my 3D models and props.
I get my inspiration from multiple sources including movies, books, and TV shows, especially fantasy and scifi series. I combine these inspirations with my own ideas to create new characters. When I create my characters, I start my process by using Photoshop for my rough sketching and composition. Next, I use Manga Studio for inking because I love its clean and crisp outline. Lastly, I use Photoshop again for coloring and image enhancement.
My advice for aspiring artists is to enjoy what you are doing, love your style and make art everyday.