I recommend using VS Code with
LaTeX Workshop for easily visualizing changes to figures. In preview mode, once you run the code to regenerate the tex file for the figure, the figure should update automatically in the pdf preview window.
sane_tikz was useful for you to create figures for your paper, consider mentioning it in the acknowledgements and share it via an issue or email or on Twitter with the hashtag #sane_tikz.
See tutorial for a high-level description of the design decisions or dive right into the examples.
pip install sane_tikz to install from PyPi and
git clone https://github.com/negrinho/sane_tikz && cd sane_tikz && pip install -e . to install from the repo.
Check the examples: