The "left-hand controller", the best friend of every artist. But what is it? Will Perorin Sensei have her answer?
Article, photography: Takafumi Sekiguchi
1st Chapter: Perorin Sensei VS left-hand controller settings
We asked her to try out a new left-hand controller for us!
And of course, this is Perorin Sensei's first time!
We also asked Yuichi Murakami, who was also featured on DESKWATCH some time ago, to play the role of the tutor and teach Perorin Sensei everything about the left-hand controller and how to use it for illustration.
What exactly is a left-hand controller? Introducing the tools
Today we're going to use the drawing software CLIP STUDIO PAINT PRO. The tablet we're using is a Wacom's LCD Cintiq. Finally, the left-hand controller is Razer's Orbweaver Chroma.
But what if we use this controller for something a bit more creative? Will this tool help us to draw even quicker, taking advantage of the programmable keys? It goes without saying, some illustrators asked themselves this question before, and since then the market for this kind of device has quite expanded.
Yuichi is one of those artists, and now she claims she cannot live without her trusted left-hand controller.
So how should we get started? Let's ask our pro user Murakami for advice.
The key is to start out with the functions you use more frequently
The first thing Yuichi asked Perorin Sensei was which functions she would use most frequently while drawing. This is because it's important to assign these functions to the most easily reachable keys of the controller, creating a comfortable working environment from the start. Also, by registering the most important functions first, it will be easy to remember where they are.
What could it be? The answer is in the video below!
You can check out the help file for CLIP STUDIO PAINT to make sure of all the different shortcuts.
Can you draw faster once you get used to a left-hand controller?
Now that we finished assigning all the functions we need, let's see if we can really get faster at drawing! It's pretty hard to start from zero, so I will prepare something for you.
Next time we're going to show you a way more experienced (!?) Perorin Sensei, drawing her own illustration from start to finish using a left-hand controller. She seems to enjoy it a lot, it was a nice discovery! We're also going to give you some tips about how to use this great device to your advantage, so stay tuned!
Razer Orbweaver Chroma
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
- Rin Kaname (Perorin Sensei)
- Member of Beboga! (Niji no Conquistador Yellow group). On January 9th she will perform her first solo live at Kawasaki Club Citta, "Bebogaga! ~Episode 2~".
Under the name of Perorin Sensei she published "Bocchi Idol Maimai.", a series of four-frame comic strips, on Gekkan Entame (Tokuma Shoten).
- Yuichi Murakami
- Illustrator. Lives in Tokyo.
She worked for <em>2011 Racing Miku</em> derivative costume <em>design, WIXOSS </em>and<em> </em><em>Bibliophilia</em> to Ikuesen <em>no Monogatari.</em>
What to keep in mind when you assign shortcut keys
■ Use the keys that you can reach more naturally first
■ It's easy to make mistakes with the 8-way thumb-pad if you're a beginner, so start out by setting it to 4-way
■ To zoom in/zoom out is important, but don't forget about the flip horizontal tool!