Character Art & Drawing - Clip Studio Paint

Best for concept artists, illustrators & designers


US$ 49.99


Best for comic artists, manga artists & animators


US$ 219.00


When drawing any character from any medium, be it literature, games, animation, manga, or comics, artists not only need to draw the appearance and costumes, but the character’s backstory as well, through their pose and expressions.
With Clip Studio Paint’s excellent pen and brush drawing tools, you can draw your characters just as you imagine them. You can also tackle challenging angles an poses with the 3D drawing figure.

Why Clip Studio Paint?

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Designed for drawing and painting

We created Clip Studio Paint for creators who love to draw and paint. With a natural brush feel beyond other graphics software, you can enjoy creating your vision just how you want it. Download the free trial for a step into a reimagined drawing experience.


Ann Maulina

Mirka Andolfo

Capture every detail

You can create every stroke exactly as you imagine with our powerful brush engine. Clip Studio Paint works with your device to reflect every nuance of your pen, even up to the 8192 levels of pen pressure detected by Wacom tablets.

Derrick Chew

Thousands of customizable brushes

With 1000 new materials every month on Clip Studio ASSETS, you’ll always find something to match your personal style. You can also customize every aspect of your brushes, giving you a limitless supply of tools.

Bursting with features

Discover tools and features for creating illustrations, concept art, comics, and more, with explanations in our extensive 1000‑page manual. All this, packed in one intuitive and customizable interface.

Innovation through AI technology

Inspiration is never far with AI colorization based on deep learning technology! Use with just your line art or lay down color hints for surprising results.




Customizable 3D figures with new AI posing

Place and pose 3D drawing figures directly on your canvas as a reference for your art. With customizable body shapes and camera angles, they’re perfect for those hard-to-find pose references. Don’t forget to test out our brand-new AI feature of mimicking poses from photos!

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Join a worldwide community

Connect with creators from around the world through our online services in seven languages. Discover new features with official tutorials on “TIPS,” or swap advice with others on our Q&A forum “ASK”.

Share your digital art knowledge and reach a new audience.

Artist Testimonials

Mirka AndolfoComic Artist

The speed of execution is important to me, and I always have to maintain good quality even when there is no time. Clip Studio Paint is perfect for my purposes: intuitive and simple. The brushes (even the basic ones) are the best I've ever used in a digital drawing app. My favorite is the Textured Pen, which I use a lot for inking since it leaves a slight "texture" in the stroke that makes the line softer. I also often use the integrated "Decoration" tools and they are very useful to easily draw details when the deadlines are particularly difficult.

Sam NassourVisual Development Artist

The process of creating complex artwork has been made much easier with the help of Clip Studio Paint's fantastic capabilities. I like how customizable the software is, all shortcuts and modifier keys can be set to different functions easily. And when I'm painting, I like the way colors blend together by using the Mix function in the brush customization menu. I also love using the inking brushes for my line work. They have a very natural feel and a high response to pressure sensitivity; going from thick to thin lines in one smooth stroke is quite easy, especially when using the Stabilization slider that allows you to slow down the brush stroke for more precision. I often keep the color wheel palette on top of the canvas so I can quickly choose the right colors. I also use other advanced color palette like the approximate color and intermediate color palette. Both really help choosing colors in different lighting situations.

Derrick ChewConcept Artist

Clip Studio Paint is a versatile digital painting program that is ideal for rendering and inking with its many useful and unique features. It is easy to learn and has many tools and custom brushes that allow you to paint and render any type of illustrations you want. It even include 3D models of characters, items and backgrounds that you could pose and angle to further help as a visual reference, super neat function! Its competitive price point also makes it more affordable and accessible to everyone.


Clip Studio Paint is one of the main tools I use for work. The Fill and Auto Select features are amazing for painting, and I also like that I can transform selections on multiple layers. Even when making something in Photoshop, I sometimes switch to Clip Studio Paint just for that feature.

Best for concept artists, illustrators & designers


US$ 49.99


Best for comic artists, manga artists & animators


US$ 219.00


The Best Tools for Your Passion

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Technology-assisted drawing

Even beginners can enjoy a new, smoother type of drawing with Clip Studio Paint. With our powerful brush engine, in‑built stabilization options, and adjustable pen pressure sensitivity, discover a new drawing experience supported by almost 30 years in the graphic software industry.


Vector lines with a hand-drawn feel

Draw your vector lines with a natural and smooth feel, then resize and edit without losing line quality for the perfect finish. Clip Studio Paint also comes with handy features like the vector eraser, which lets you erase up to intersecting lines.

Taira Akitsu

Patterns and perspective made easy

Add balance and precision to your creations with our range of advanced symmetry and perspective rulers, perfect for intricate patterns or complex backgrounds. You can even use the symmetry ruler to create perfectly balanced faces.

Add detail with decoration brushes

Complex patterns are easy with decoration brushes, saving you time on repetitive details like chains, accessories, plants, lace, and ribbons. Create your own custom brushes or discover what others have made on Clip Studio ASSETS.

3D models for small objects and backgrounds

No more hassle over unfamiliar objects and background materials with our range of 3D materials! Easily access movable 3D references for accessories, vehicles, buildings, and more. Use as a reference or convert to lines to use in your art.


Photograph your next scene

Use photos as part of your next creation by importing as reference or converting to line art to use in your backgrounds. Simply check your camera roll to see how many images are waiting to be part of your next piece.

Add Color to Your Creations

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Your art, your style

From realistic watercolor and thick oil painting to anime-style cel shading and more, you can find your perfect tools with our range of free and customizable brushes. Explore with different brush tips, textures, and even watercolor stains.

Derrick Chew

Ann Maulina


All the color palettes you need

Not just your standard color palette: create custom color sets, find your ideal colors with the similar-color and intermediate-color palettes, go back to previous colors with the color history palette, and use the eyedropper tool to pick up colors from your desktop.

Amei Zhao

A smarter fill tool for speedy coloring

Smart enough to fill line art with small gaps and capture tiny unfilled areas, our fill tool is the perfect assistant for quickly laying down flat colors.

Add your finishing touches

Use color adjustment layers to edit your artwork while keeping the original layers intact. From brightness, saturation, hue, levels, tone curves, gradient maps, and more, edit and re-edit as much as you like without worries.

Valentina Remenar

Stress-Free Creation


Blend traditional and digital art

Find your perfect balance of traditional and digital techniques to create in the way that you want. Clip Studio Paint comes with features to clean up and extract line art from paper, even erasing dust picked up by scanners.


PSD compatibility for a seamless workflow

Import, edit, and save your work in Photoshop formats (PSD, PSB) with the layers intact, and seamlessly work between programs. Perfect for when you want to draw in Clip Studio Paint and add filters in Photoshop, for the best of both worlds. You can also import and export your work as jpeg, PNG, tiff, and more.

Make the most of your device capabilities

Work on high-resolution files with without worry! With 64‑bit OS and multi-core processor support, Clip Studio Paint makes the most of your device’s capability, and the layer folder feature lets you manage layer-heavy files with ease.


Support for digital and print publication

Import and export RGB data for web content and CMYK data for printing. You can also work in a CMYK preview to see your colors just as they’ll look when printed. You can also upload your finished work to Clip Studio SHARE to view your artwork in an embedded web viewer for social media.

Support you can trust

Whether you're stuck on a new feature or need technical help, you can rely on our free customer support. We’re proud of our excellent customer satisfaction rate, and happy to be there when you need us.

Extra features without extra costs

With a perpetual license for Clip Studio Paint, you’ll get regular free updates packed with new features, from experimental AI colorization to simple tweaks and improvements. And with updates every three months, there’s always something new to look forward to.

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Learn from the Professionals

Tomohiro Kimura

Akiman, Illustrator

In this speed painting, Street Fighter character designer "Akiman" uses Clip Studio Paint to draw iconic video game fighter Chun‑Li.

Gui Guimaraes, Concept Artist

Gui Guimaraes is a concept artist and has worked on projects such as Just Cause 3, Call of Champions and Saints Row 4. He shares his process to create a character in his Cyber Candy Girls series using Clip Studio Paint in Artstation Magazine.

Redjuice, Illustrator

Redjuice is a Japanese illustrator and character designer, known for his work on Guilty Crown and Beatless.

Best for concept artists, illustrators & designers


US$ 49.99


Best for comic artists, manga artists & animators


US$ 219.00




Single-page illustrations & comics

Multi-page comics/manga & illustrations

Up to 24 frames for gifs or short animations

Unlimited frames for professional animation

Natural, customizable pen and brush tools

Vector layers

More than 10,000 free downloadable brushes and materials

3D models and drawing figures

PSD compatibility

RGB and CMYK compatible

For macOS and Windows


Export and print multi-page files


Convert images and 3D models into lines and dot shading

Free technical support

Free web services & community
Clip Studio Ask / Assets / Tips / Share