soundslikeaplan asked: hello, what software do you use? I am an illustrator fan, but that may be because I don't know any others…. :)
I primarily use Manga Studio 5. I usually take my artwork into Photoshop for any sort of final treatments, color mixing, etc.
Recommending software is a tricky thing. Here are my opinions on the matter:
1) Pen pressure in Photoshop is TERRIBLE. If you want to make use of a lot of feathering or varied line weights Manga Studio 5 is fantastic. It’s the closest to using physical pen and ink I’ve found. The Frenden brush set changed everything for me.
2) If you prefer to use Photoshop, Kyles T. Webster’s brush set is amazing. You get a ton of options, and some fantastic selection of different media simulations.
3) Illustrator is a tool I use for any type pieces, or projects that need to be scaled to various different sizes like a logo or large banner. If your desired effect is something clean, perfect, and scaleable then Illustrator is a great tool for that.
4) If you’re using a Cintiq, or Wacom Tablet, your nibs make a big difference! Play around with them and see what you like best. I usually use the Stroke Nibs, since I love a lot of variation in line weight.
Hope this helps!