Painapple Studio is a two-man art team with a big imagination and a small attention span. We love telling stories in any form. Our current running series include fantasy comic Ties That Bind, and murder mystery light novel, Keitantei.

Ayu Sakata

Ayu Sakata - Writing, coloring

Once upon a time, Ayu was born. When she was seven years old, she decided that writing was boring and unfun, and she swore she'd never become a writer. That promise really didn't work out. These days, her idea of a good time is hanging out in the library. Her favorite genres are mystery and fantasy, and she thinks comics are pretty swell. She also likes tea, bento, and baking. When she's not writing for Painapple Studio, she's writing for visual novel group sakevisual. You can follow her exploits on twitter at @soymilkpudding.

Micah Solusod

Micah Solusod - Art, character design

Micah got as far as writing "Micah is..." for his profile before giving up. In his defense, the statement is at least accurate. He also never claimed to be a writer. Micah was born and raised in Hawaii where he spent most of his time drawing and not paying attention in class (mostly because he was drawing). When he's not drawing, he's reading manga, cooking, or tending to his reasonably sized not at all too large collection of Transformers. To see more of his hijinks, follow him on twitter at @maioceaneyes.


What tools do you use?

Lots. But remember that every artist is different, and you will need to experiment with many things before you find the toolset that suits you best. Explore the following sites and see what supplies they offer. The product we use might not be the best one for you. Check out your local art supply store. You might find something cool. That being said, here's a list of stuff we use regularly.

Micron Pens - Traditional. Good for clean inks and detail.
Kuretake Pens - Traditional. Lots of options for any kind of inking.
Zebra Brush Pens - Traditional. Good for dramatic inking.
Prisma Markers - Traditional. For coloring things. Our primary marker of choice, especially since they are slightly cheaper than...
Copic Markers - Traditional. For coloring things.
Clip Studio Paint - Digital. Designed to make manga. Industry standard. Has inking and toning features as well as panels, speech bubbles, and animation capability.
ProCreate - Digital. For use with iPad and Apple Pencil. Great for inking. Also has several useful artist aids including perspective tools.
Photoshop Elements - Digital. The cheap version of Photoshop that won't require a subscription. Super useful for many things, but we primarily use it for coloring.
Intuos - Hardware. A drawing tablet. Most also come bundled with free software, which is nice.
iPad Pro - Hardware. Pair it with an Apple Pencil to draw.

What do you suggest for a beginner?

Draw with anything you can find. Pencil and paper are your friends. Use photos of real things for reference. Start realistic, and your own style will develop naturally over time. Find things you're not good at drawing and draw those until you are. Check out the following links for some more affordable resources.

Fire Alpaca - Free software. Designed to run on slower computers. Also has features like perspective tools and manga-making resources.
MediBang - Free software. Works on mobile devices as well as computers. They also have their own art community and they run a lot of art contests with some really cool prizes.
Jump Paint - Free software. A reskin of MediBang designed to make manga. Has extra content provided by Shonen Jump.
Krita - Free software. Made for digital painting - tons of great brush options.
Huion Tablets - A more affordable alternative to Wacom tablets. We use a small one for travel, and it hasn't disappointed us. The texture is a little smoother, and they lack the touch features that some of the Wacom tablets have, but the pressure sensitivity is fantastic, and the lines and control are great.

Do you take commissions?

Sometimes. Check our commissions page for our current status.