Digital Republic - Londisa - Affinity Designer, Affinity Publisher Beta, Clip Studio EX on Surface
Creating this was a journey indeed, bear with me. The illustration started as a sketch on a Nexus 7 (2013 version) using ArtFlow and a Wacom Bamboo stylus. That version was completed but once I upgraded from Android tablets to a Surface Pro 3, the original image was exported and the illustration was reworked in Clip Studio Pro on the Pro 3.
I upgraded Clip Studio Pro to the EX version when I upgraded to a SurfaceBook. The illustration was reworked again for better lighting in Clip Studio EX. The layout was created using Google Fonts/Skyfonts, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher Beta on a SurfaceBook 2 which is what you see here.
Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have proven to be good replacements for Photoshop and Illustrator for my needs. Affinity Publisher has a lot of potential as the beta has been positive overall and inspires me to abandon Indesign as well. It's not that Adobe applications aren't good, but the subscription based model is a rip-off that I will not support. The Digital Republic projects allow for testing of some of the capabilities of Affinity applications as well as giving me a different way to present work. For instance, in Affinity Publisher, custom Character Sheets and Paragraph Sheets were created to learn the differences of how those options work compared to Quark Xpress and Indesign.
The greatest benefit that makes moving away from Adobe applications even easier is that Affinity applications as well as others, can save work in formats that are supported in Adobe applications if not in native Adobe formats themselves. If an office needs work in .PSD format with active layers for example, no problem. Affinity applications offer native support of the format and many others. Working with Affinity applications for freelance projects as opposed to Adobe applications is totally viable depending on the project. Personally, I haven't had any problems as of yet.
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