The Art of TaniDaReal


While I enjoy both working digitally and with traditional (real) media, a lot of the artwork I do is digital, drawn at my computer with a graphic program and graphic tablet.

Both ways are appealing and have their advantages and limits. When it comes to digital art, you have way more / different possibilities to play around with colors, effects, filters, blending modes, shadings or backgrounds, as you can easily edit them later (using layers) or adjust mistakes. You can easily save backup files in different progress steps. You don't have to wait for a medium to dry (like water colors) or think about what is the right paper. You can make several prints and easily adjust the sizes, but - you don't have one "original" at the end.

  TIP: Don't stick to one style only. Working with different media is a lot of fun and it helps to improve your skills and experiences. Of course you can also combine traditional and digital work, like drawing a sketch by pencil, scan it and then color it digitally. Or the other way - draw a sketch or concept layout digitally and use it as reference for your real media piece then. There are many different media and possibilities - make use of them.


When it comes to digital coloring, I mostly use Adobe Photoshop, but I always love to try out new art programs like Clip Studio Paint, which is a very nice art program with a different feeling than Photoshop. The sketches for a picture I sometimes do by pencil on paper (and scan it), or directly draw on my graphic tablet. You can find some more detailed information about different drawing programs and graphic tablets here.

After having used various Wacom graphic tablets, I ended up with a Wacom Cintiq 24HDT, a touch screen you can directly draw on. One of the best devices I ever used so far.

I am using a Canon scanner (CanoScan Mark II) for scanning my artwork (sketches and finished artwork). I spent a little more money on a better scanner, as the smaller scanners by Canon were ok, but didn't get me the best results when it came to scanning traditional colored artwork (like blurry edges).


Sometimes it's nice to just sit on the sofa and draw. So I got a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro (before I had a Wacom Companion, more about it can be found in the graphic tablet section) as I also wanted to have the option to do digital artwork when I am not at my desk. Files can be easily handed over as I have the same graphic programs on both my mobile tablet and my desktop computer.

  TIP: Useful little tools like a Smudgeguard, a tablet glove that predicts sweaty hand smudges on your graphic tablet are always at hand and make working on a tablet much nicer.

Clip Studio Paint on Wacom Mobile Studio Pro

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