One of the most common questions I get is what tools and/or software I work with. I work primarily with two – Adobe Illustrator (to make art) and Adobe After Effects (to animate art). Back in the day, I worked with Flash (now Adobe Animate CC) to add interactivity to animated projects.
I’ve also had people (those with more extensive art backgrounds) ask me what drawing tablet I use. When I started several years ago, I was still working in academia. Time (and money) were limited. I was willing to spend a little money on Illustrator. I wasn’t willing to spend money on anything else – tablet included.
So, I’d simply sketch something out on paper first, scan it in, and work over top of it in Illustrator. Then I just got used to creating all my art that way.
Eventually, I caved and purchased an Intuos Wacom in 2012. I never did get comfortable with it, though. I keep promising I’ll dig it out of my closet at some point and give it another chance. For now, paper works just fine.
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