We talked with some seasoned sketchers about their app-inions and how and what works for them. Read more from Core77's Sketching App Showdown, including Chris Cheung's introduction to digital sketching, in the Core77 Tech-tactular.
Rachael Stefanussen is Lead Insights Designer for Astro Studios in San Francisco. She pursued her career as an industrial designer due to her love of problem solving and creating. After graduating Valedictorian of University of Cincinnati's School of Design, Rachael moved out west to work with Astro Studios.
What kind of design work do you do?
I am an Industrial Designer for Astro Studios in San Francisco. I work on everything from blue sky conceptual projects to consumer electronics and devices.
What do you find yourself using sketching apps for?
I use my Wacom tablet for storyboards, sketch renderings, illustrations and tweaking photo-realistic CAD-generated renderings when I’m on the go. I use Sketchbook for rough line sketches, then move into Photoshop for anything and everything else. I have a larger Intuos tablet at the studio and a smaller one I use on-the-go.
How do specific programs it fit your sketching style?
Photoshop lets me keep things gestural and pressure sensitive custom brushes do a good job of translating my sketching style to the digital. I've been collecting Photoshop brushes since I was 19 and have a huge library. The hot keys on my Wacom tablet save time and keep the sketching process fluid and streamlined, which is important.
Any pet peeves about the app(s) you use?
Sometime Photoshop is just a little too heavy of a program. Even fast laptops can struggle with an enormous PS file. I also wish there were a more robust way to organize layers; things get pretty gnarly if you don't organize and label them (I know it's best practice, but I refuse to believe anyone actually does this unless they're planning to hand off their file.)
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Nice work Rachael! I'm amazed you do all the lines with the Intuos. Have you given the Cintiqs a shot?
It is hard to believe but I am naming and grouping layers all the time. It is matter of habit which anyone can develop pretty fast. At this point of time, if I open PSD file without properly named and grouped layers, the first thing I will do is to name and group layers.
exactly it's much less work if you do it from the start.