Clip Studio Paint is a digital painting app specifically aimed at people creating comics or manga art – although it's great for any kind of digital art. We wonder if more people aren't using it because they don't know about it, or because they're not sure how to use it. Either way, that's about to change.
In this round-up, we'll share some of the best Clip Studio Paint tutorials, and where you can find them. We'll kick off the list with some general, all-around Clip Studio Paint tutorials to help get you up to speed (numbers 01-05), then once you have a solid foundation, we'll move on to some more specific tutorials that will help you out (06-11).
Hopefully we'll see a lot more tutorials as people realise how powerful this software really is, and what can be done with it.
01. Reuben Lara
Reuben Lara is a freelance artist and illustrator, offering mainly Clip Studio Paint tutorials. He offers both paid and free tutorials for beginner-to-advanced artists and Clip Studio Paint users.
Lara speaks clearly, his tutorials are easy to follow, and they're jam-packed with lots of useful information. You can find out more about Lara on his website, and you can watch more of his free videos on his YouTube channel.
02. Flyland Designs
We've chosen Brian Allen at Flyland Designs for this list because he offers some of the most fantastic tutorials – and not just because he loves zombies.
Allen's tutorials take you through the process of sketching, inking, and colouring in Clip Studio Paint. He also shares his tips and techniques along the way, as well as his Clip Studio Resources, like brushes, tools, and templates. Want to learn more about Allen? Check out his interview on Roundabout: Creative Chaos.
03. Kendrys Draws
Kendrys Diaz, the voice behind Kendrys Draws, offers laser-focused Clip Studio tutorials covering a broad range of topics. Many of his videos show you how to use the 3D tools available in Clip Studio; he also has a heavy focus on manga art.
Diaz's presentation style is a bit gruffer and more abrupt than other tutorials on this list, but don't let that put you off – the content is spot on. Note: Diaz has recently published a Character design sketchbook that might be worth a look.
04. David Arroyo
David Arroyo is the creator of the webcomic IMMERSION. He's created a series of Clip Studio Paint tutorials, hosted by Astropad, in which he takes you through how to use the tool start to finish. That's right! The whole process. Arroyo's calm speaking voice and clear instructions make his tutorials bookmark-worthy.
LearnCSP.com is an independent site, owned and operated by Augie De Blieck Jr, who launched the site back in 2016. Ever since, De Blieck has been steadily adding Clip Studio Paint tutorials to this site, with the aim of creating content he wishes had existed when he first started.
The website is focused on new Clip Studio Paint users, but it's useful for intermediate and advanced users too.
06. How to ink in Clip Studio Paint Pro
In this inking tutorial, Chris Martinez covers the inking tools available to you in Clip Studio Paint, and how he uses them when he's inking his drawings. Although Martinez talks about pens he hasn't used, he's honest about it and encourages people to try new things. Inspirational? Absolutely!
The only thing we're not wild about is the background music. If you can get past that, this tutorial is one to watch.
07. How to ink in Clip Studio using the GPEN
Another great inking tutorial comes from Tim Michael at Draw2Much. In this Clip Studio Paint tutorial, Michael shows you the ins and outs of using the G-pen. Although Michael's walkthrough style isn't the typical one you might expect, this video gives you an insight into how he inks his drawings, and is worthy of a watch.
08. Digital Painting Tutorial
OK World of Warcraft fans, this one's for you! In this tutorial, Robert Marzullo teaches you how to digitally paint Orgrim Doomhammer using Clip Studio Paint. If you like this tutorial, Marzullo has a new tutorial, available on Udemy, where he teaches how to work in perspective in Clip Studio Paint.
09. Reference Layers For Coloring
More of a quick tip than a long-form tutorial, Matt Chee takes you through the process of using reference layers for colouring. But don't stop with that one. Chee has a large collection of tips and tricks to help you work smarter in Clip Studio Paint. Check 'em out.
Full disclaimer: I'm an official Smith Micro Influencer, and this is one of my own Clip Studio Paint tutorials. In this written tutorial, I show you how to create and use your own custom brushes in Clip Studio Paint. If video is more your style, this tutorial is also available at DayOfTheIndie.com in video format.
Of course, no Clip Studio Tutorial List would be complete without a mention of the Smith Micro Graphics tutorials. It has a lot of great resources, but if you're looking for something specific, check out the ones from Doug Hills, like the video above. You won't be disappointed.