Initially my biggest worry with switching over from drawing on paper to drawing digitally on a Cintiq was how I would be able to do backgrounds without the use of a ruler. Using a ruler directly on the cintiq would be too risky considering how easy it is to scratch the screen and the line tool in photoshop is not an option for me. After a little research, I found that the best option was using Manga Studio because of it’s ruler tool. The tool is amazing and I’m surprised that photoshop hasn’t stolen it yet. It took me a while to get used to it, but I ended up making the ruler grab tool one of my side buttons on the Cintiq, directly under the ink brush button, which made things a lot easier. For drawing out backgrounds, I sketch out how I want it to look, create a perspective plane using the perspecting tool and align it up with my sketch as best as possible, reduce it’s opacity so that it’s just a reference for me, then I create a ruler and put one end point on a vanishing point and then continually move the other end around to where ever I need to use it in the final inking process.
This image is my first shot at drawing a regular comic panel and it looks no different from my regular ‘drawn on paper’ look. All in all, I’m very happy with the Cintiq. I just need to develop a solid workflow and I’ll likely get faster at drawing a full page.