CSP Featured Artist: Paulina Palacios
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How did you become an artist?
I started drawing since I was little, very influenced by anime TV series I watched on TV like “Sailor Moon” or “Inuyasha”. Years later I discovered Manga, which was a whole new world for me and I wanted to try my own stories. Also, I discovered digital art without knowing anything, I used to draw with the mouse and in Photoshop, using a single layer because of my lack of knowledge. With time, I got to know tablet devices and other drawing software, among them Manga Studio Ex 4 and IllustStudio, which I used for many years. It was in Manga Studio Ex 4 where I started drawing my first Mangas and publish them in websites. One of those comics was “Maestro Gato” (Cat Teacher) in 2012, and later “Cyrilla & Abdel”. While I was studying graphic design, I did a lot of comics and participated in several Manga contests. I won twice one from a Mexican magazine called “Doon Magazine” with 2 short stories of 25 pages. In 2016, I published the first volume of my comic Cat Teacher in Chile and since then I’ve been doing one per year. “Cyrilla & Abdel” was published in 2019, with a second volume in 2020. Both comics were published by Editorial Visuales.
Where do you get inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from music! I listen to music all day, all the time. Also there are artists that inspire me like the great Rumiko Takahashi, one of the reasons I started drawing and creating comics. CLAMP was also huge inspiration and Inma Ruiz, a Spanish illustrator and creator of the Manga “O.U.T.”, published by Norma Editorial. Her work encouraged me to send my comics to editorials. Also, a lot of Instagram artists that make me want to draw all the time!
What’s your hardware setup?
I generally use an iMac and a Wacom Cintiq 13 HD touch device. I’ve been working for 3 years with these tools and I must say I’m happy with them. I also use an iPad Pro 10.5 to draw sketches and notes anytime I’m not at home or in my leisure times.
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
It's a bit difficult to answer because I like a lot of features! I really like the multiple pages option; I think it eases the storyboard labor. I also like how the frames and perspective ruler tools work (in general all the rulers), and of course, all the brushes and the amount of materials in Clip Studio Paint but also the assets. I spend sometimes too much time only watching all the materials options I can use.
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
I think it depends on the illustration, if there’s one or multiple characters, the pose, the background, etc., but generally in an illustration with a simple background can take me 5 hours or more. Not so long ago, I learnt no being so anxious and give a break to the work I’m doing. That way, when I watch it again, I’ll see if there is any error. I often do quick and simple illustrations, so they take me less time, like 15 to 1 hour top.
Would you consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool?
Of course! Personally, I believe Clip Studio Paint is the most complete illustration and drawing tool for creating comics. I’ve tried other software and I feel there’s something missing. Thanks to Clip Studio Paint tools I can work faster and you’ll really appreciate it if you need to do comics in a short period of time.
Would you like to promote some recent project?
Yes! In November my latest comic was published by Editorial Planeta Chile: “Mientras Yubooh duerme” (While Yubooh sleeps). At the moment, it’s only available in Spanish but I hope it’ll be published also in English some time soon. You can find it here:
Buscalibre | Amazon | Google Play | Ibooks
Where can we follow your work?
You can find me on social media:
Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | TikTok
*** Paulina is doing a #Giveaway with us! Reach her post on Instagram, follow her, follow @graphixly and leave a comment. Winners of Clip Studio Paint Pro will be announced on December 14, good luck! ***