Character Art and Drawing
What You Need to Put More
"Character" Into Your Art
Windows / macOS / iPad / iPhone
Galaxy / Android / Chromebook
Windows / macOS / iPad / iPhone
Galaxy / Android / Chromebook
Whatever the medium, characters provide a focal point for your audience to relate to. From fanart to games, comics and cartoons, dynamic characters bring visual interest and emotional hooks to your work.
Clip Studio Paint’s pen and brush drawing tools make it easy and natural to bring your characters to life, and 3D figures provide fully poseable reference points to work from directly on your canvas.
“There are a ton of brushes available that can be customized a lot. The lines are the most similar to traditional inking that I could find in any software.”
- Lolita Aldea (Comic Artist)
We created Clip Studio Paint with artists in mind. Traditional artists and digital art natives alike will love the natural drawing feel of our proprietary brush engine.
Clip Studio Paint's sophisticated brush engine recognizes 8192 levels of pen pressure. Put digital pen to digital paper and draw exactly how you want - every line, every detail.
Let the stabilizer feature automatically correct minor wiggles or mistakes in lines, adjust the pen pressure sensitivity to your liking, or use vector layers for greater control of your lines.
“The brushes (even the basic ones) are the best I've ever used in a digital drawing app. My favorite is the Textured Pen, which I use a lot for inking since it leaves a slight "texture" in the stroke that makes the line softer.”
- Mirka Andolfo (Comic Artist)
Clip Studio ASSETS puts tens of thousands of brushes and materials at your fingertips. Or, make your own drawing tools with Clip Studio's deeply customizable brush engine and user interface. Create your own signature style, whether watercolor, oil, or anime-style coloring.
Clip Studio Paint's sophisticated fill tool lets you color your canvas with confidence. Easily fill areas without leaving gaps, even where there are broken lines, and color while referencing line art on other layers. You can also create easy, eye-catching gradients with just a click.
Use decoration brushes to replicate complex patterns like shoelaces, necklace chains, and other accessories with a single stroke. Or, create city skylines, cobblestone, tiles, and entire backgrounds by simply dragging your brush until you're satisfied!
Great characters need great backgrounds! Import your photos to Clip Studio Paint and turn real-world backdrops into line art with just a few clicks. Draw over imported 3D objects for quick and easy details and trinkets that add visual interest to your backgrounds!
The Clip Studio Tabmate allows you to perform frequently used operations with a single touch, all without having to let go of your pen, allowing you a more comfortable drawing experience. (sold separately)
(Compatible with Windows, macOS, Galaxy, and Android devices)
“My best advice for artists who are just starting out and who are interested in growing a following online is to start now. The first step to become known is to put yourself out there!”
- Vicki Tsai (Illustrator)
Use all the features of the PC version on your iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, Android, or Chromebook device, optimized for comfortable creation on smaller screens. Clip Studio Paint is pre-loaded on the latest Galaxy Andriod tablets, the Tab S7 and Tab S7+, available worldwide, making it the first choice for getting started with digital art.
The number of people starting to create digital works with Clip Studio Paint on all sorts of devices keeps growing. Get creative with the rest of the Clip Studio Paint community!
“Clip Studio Paint is perfect for my purposes: intuitive and simple.”
The speed of execution is important to me, and I always have to maintain good quality even when there is no time. Clip Studio Paint is perfect for my purposes: intuitive and simple. The brushes (even the basic ones) are the best I've ever used in a digital drawing app. My favorite is the Textured Pen, which I use a lot for inking since it leaves a slight "texture" in the stroke that makes the line softer. I also often use the integrated "Decoration" tools and they are very useful to easily draw details when the deadlines are particularly difficult.
“The process of creating complex artwork has been made much easier”
The process of creating complex artwork has been made much easier with the help of Clip Studio Paint's fantastic capabilities. I like how customizable the software is, all shortcuts and modifier keys can be set to different functions easily. And when I'm painting, I like the way colors blend together by using the Mix function in the brush customization menu. I also love using the inking brushes for my line work. They have a very natural feel and a high response to pressure sensitivity; going from thick to thin lines in one smooth stroke is quite easy, especially when using the Stabilization slider that allows you to slow down the brush stroke for more precision. I often keep the color wheel palette on top of the canvas so I can quickly choose the right colors. I also use other advanced color palette like the approximate color and intermediate color palette. Both really help choosing colors in different lighting situations.
“Clip Studio Paint is… ideal for rendering and inking”
Clip Studio Paint is a versatile digital painting program that is ideal for rendering and inking with its many useful and unique features. It is easy to learn and has many tools and custom brushes that allow you to paint and render any type of illustrations you want. It even include 3D models of characters, items and backgrounds that you could pose and angle to further help as a visual reference, super neat function! Its competitive price point also makes it more affordable and accessible to everyone.
“The Fill and Auto Select features are amazing for painting”
Clip Studio Paint is one of the main tools I use for work. The Fill and Auto Select features are amazing for painting, and I also like that I can transform selections on multiple layers. Even when making something in Photoshop, I sometimes switch to Clip Studio Paint just for that feature.
“A variety of brushes and tools to bring my imagination to life”
I love Clip Studio Paint for its versatility, enormous bank of resources, and ease of use. When making art I'm most interested in minimizing the amount of time between an idea popping into my mind and sitting down to turn that idea into reality. Clip Studio Paint has a clean interface that allows me to immediately jump into the act of drawing and experiment with a variety of brushes and tools to bring my imagination to life.
In this speed painting, Street Fighter character designer "Akiman" uses Clip Studio Paint to draw iconic video game fighter Chun‑Li.
Gui Guimaraes is a concept artist and has worked on projects such as Just Cause 3, Call of Champions and Saints Row 4. He shares his process to create a character in his Cyber Candy Girls series using Clip Studio Paint in Artstation Magazine.
Redjuice is a Japanese illustrator and character designer, known for his work on Guilty Crown and Beatless.
kiDChan/Cyanparade is an artist based in Malaysia.
Her style is highly influenced by contemporary Japanese art and modern design elements blended with early 20th-century illustration and Art Nouveau.
Draw the lines you imagine by optimizing the pressure of your favorite pens and brushes! Clip Studio Paint offers tons of handy features to support your creativity.
Set up your pen pressure settings with a few test strokes, and recreate the natural, high quality lines of pen and paper. Even if it feels off, you can always change and tweak the settings to your liking.
Clip Studio Assets offers pens, markers, brushes and more to cover all you need for your creations. Each brush can be further adjusted to match your style and techniques.
Drawing clean lines is hard, but you can make it easier with stabilization and correction features. Suppressing shaky and wavering lines, or even tapering the beginning and end of brushstrokes, Clip Studio Paint’s lines eliminate the inorganic look of digital drawing.
Draw vector lines easily and change their thickness and shape at any time. Erase individual lines, delete parts up to where lines intersect, and make adjustments, without deteriorating the quality.
Create thumbnail sketches by simply dragging a panel onto the canvas and dividing it into smaller panels evenly to conveniently sketch design variations.
Set poses for difficult angles and adjust the body proportions for your characters to create stunning and unique arrangements.
Simply scan photographs and let Clip Studio Paint automatically pose your 3D drawing figures to match them by using our AI-based deep learning algorithms.
Set up simple 3D primitive shapes as frameworks for drawing objects and scenes, or even use them as building blocks for more complex materials.
When placing a 3D material, you can view from four angles simultaneously. You can also change the position of the camera and the focal point on the 3D layer. When you change the camera position from the All sides view palette, the model also adjusts on the canvas.
Draw freehand along perspective rulers to create believable depth for buildings, rooms and other environments. Create intricate patterns with the symmetric ruler or draw cylindrical objects with the concentric circle ruler.
Save time for your creation by extracting line art from photos and 3D data to smoothly integrate background into your illustration.
Apply artistic filters to photos of buildings and landscapes to convert them into images that mimic traditional paintings. With EX, you can extract 3D assets and images into separate line and tone layers.
Clip Studio Paint offers tools for all imaginable painting styles and tastes, giving you the freedom to explore your potential.
The choice of brush is yours! Delve into the nearly endless selection of brushes and pens for oil paint, watercolors, pastels, ink, and more on Clip Studio Assets. Get inventive and import Photoshop dual brushes (ABR), as well as two types of brush strokes in dual brushes.
Color palettes for approximate colors, intermediate colors, and your color history allow for a quick selection and application. Compose exciting color variations and add new swatches with the eyedropper tool by picking up new colors from inside and outside of the workspace.
Draw repeating textures such as chains, accessories, textile patterns, and flowers with a single stroke. Multiple images can be applied to a single brush and reflected randomly for a natural result.
Clip Studio Paint’s fill tools are smart enough to fill spaces without spillover, even if there are gaps in the lines. Drag to fill multiple spaces consecutively or fill missed spots with ease.
Use quick masks to easily and precisely create selection areas and masks with the pen and eraser tools.
Find inspiration through AI-created coloring to test base colors and experiment with color variation by using color hints.
Efficiently create gradients with multiple dedicated tools. Create your basic gradient with the Gradient tool, control the shape of your gradients with the Contour line paint tool, or apply colors based on values with gradient maps.
Add different textures and effects to test variations with Clip Studio Paint’s non-destructive adjustment layers, filters, and image textures.
Apply textures, outlines, and watercolor effects to layers, or convert colors into screentones without losing the content of the original layer.
For precise adjustments, turn to the Liquify tool - intuitively push and pull parts of your drawing without affecting the textures and brushwork.
Use tonal correction layers to add finishing touches. Leaving the original layer untouched, you can adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and luminosity, or apply posterization, level correction, tone curve, color balance, and more.
Apply effects to images such as blur, sharpening, clouds, and mosaic with filters.
Use blending modes on your layers to add a variety of interesting effects to your image. Select from 29 blending modes to create a variety of effects, like colorful shadows and stunning highlights.
Resample images and erase jpeg noise to reuse your past work in a larger format for prints and high resolutions screens.
Share your finished art piece and reach a new audience via print, social media or other online services.
Clip Studio Paint supports import/export of both RGB screen colors and CMYK data used for printing. Colors displayed in your workspace are even closer to the real printed hues!
Manage multi-page works as one file and add pages where needed. Check your layout and page arrangements with the 3D preview, then output to data that can be submitted to print.
Clip Studio Paint supports Kindle and EPUB e-book formats for commercial e-books production, including self-publishing.
Portfolios, art books and print collections can be easily published on websites and social media, making your work more accessible to your audience.
Speed up your workflow and create the best art you can with the help of Clip Studio Paint.
Adjust any UI element and settings option to optimize your workflow, be it shortcuts, units, UI color, palettes, or tool layouts.
Create and share your favorite workspaces through Clip Studio Assets and download workspaces used by professional creators.
Register often used items such as menus, auto actions, tools, and drawing colors in a personalized palette, and access your favorite tools with a single click to optimize your workflow.
Load, edit, and save PSD and PSB data while maintaining the original layer structure, as well as import your favorite Photoshop brushes (ABR) and gradient files (GRD). Make the most of the natural drawing feel of Clip Studio Paint, then switch between other software whenever you want.
The iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, Android, and Chromebook versions of Clip Studio Paint offer all the features available on the desktop version and pair smoothly with the Galaxy S Pen and Apple Pencil. Take your digital workstation outside and find new inspiration.
Convenient touch features make working on the iPad and on Windows devices easy. Adjust the UI settings and use the native resolution of Apple's Retina displays.
With the multi-page management function, multiple creators can share and work on a single file simultaneously, to oversee progress without the worry of conflicting files.
Save your work and settings directly into the cloud. Software settings can be restored manually if needed, and synchronizing your desktop, tablet and smartphone data is as easy as ever, so you can take your virtual workspace wherever you go.
EX *The functions with this icon are premium and only available in Clip Studio Paint EX.
Single-page illustrations & comics
Multi-page comics/manga & illustrations
Up to 24 frames for gifs or short animations
Unlimited frames for professional animation
Natural, customizable pen and brush tools
More than 10,000 free downloadable brushes and materials
3D models and drawing figures
RGB and CMYK compatible
For macOS and Windows
Export and print multi-page files
Convert images and 3D models into lines and dot shading
Free technical support
Free web services & community
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