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Wobbly Lineart

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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Whenever I lineart something, it seems a bit wobbly. Any advice?
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DanielGee Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you use photoshop, a good way is to sketch the lineart first, then trace over it using the "pen" tool. That helps alot getting good looking curved lines and straight ones.
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!! :D:D
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Pixie-Emily Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I use Elements too! The best way I've found is when you are drawing the line art (make sue you have a sketch layer first), zoom in are far as you can. This Tutorial is really helpful too (It says it a coloring tut, but she shows you how she does her lines too).

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Hope this helps!
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!! :D :D :hug:
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Pixie-Emily Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No Problem! :D
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:D :D
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kila-ibyao Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I use to use Photoshop elements as well and had the same issue. Not too long ago I switched to CS 4 and no longer have that issue. I would recommend if you cant afford to buy a new program that you try using higher dpi as well as a larger canvas. Once you finish your line art, you can scale it down.
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!! :D :D
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kila-ibyao Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It won't stop the wobble but when scaled down, it is less noticeable.
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program are you using? PaintTool SAI has a really good stabiliser that gives much smoother lines, but if you're looking for a free alternative, I suggest FireAlpaca, it's free and the stabiliser works as well as SAI's. :D
Another option to consider is using no lineart. When I just started digital art my lineart was super sloppy (you can't imagine...) so I did lots of lineless drawings, it took the stress off having to make a meticulous lineart, and it still looks pretty good (: My lineart's gotten much better (it actually doesn't hurt to look at it anymore) but I still prefer lineless because it's so hard to make super clean lineart OTL
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I use Photoshop elements, and thanks so much!! :D :D :hug:
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lineart unfortunately is just one of those things, some artists just scan in their lineart, I don't even use lineart much anymore, on occasion if the style suits. Its just practise, steady lines and some form and flow are from learning how to be confident, how to draw the strokes in a quick motion, which lessens the shakey/wobbly feel.
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!! :D :D

And I wish I could scan in my stuff, but my scanner's a bit weird, I don't really know how to use it. :-/
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Then go bother you're parent or perhaps read the instruction book/google the make and find the instruction book online.
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, sure. :D :D
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Ruwich Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just slowly line your work (make a sketch first) then lineart it! It's better to use a stabilizer (like on SAI) if you make really wobbly lines, though. :)
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much!! :D :D :hug:
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Ruwich Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!~
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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Clchriskl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cools! I think it takes practice, I'm not expert but I know I'm in the same boat and have pondered the same question. What I do is I draw a sketch in photoshop (or sketch it in pencil and paper) then turn it to 50% opacity, and then redraw again in a thinner brush size. I think my lines have become less wobbly with practice. Someone gave me a tip to make sure the brush is hard too.
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!! :D :D :huggle:
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tablet or mouse?
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Akiratang Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
always a tablet
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
tablet.
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
You didn't link to a specific example or tell us what program you use, so I'll give you the general pointers.

1)sketch first then make your finished line art on a new layer.
2)Try to use longer, confident strokes instead of petting (multiple small strokes to make up a line).
3)Experiment with drawing with your whole arm for long lines (instead of resting your arm on the tablet and using your writs to draw (both methods can be useful I think)
4) line control improves with practice so practice a lot.
5) some programs offer line smoothing or stabilization, but it's probably best to improve your own control so you can work in a variety of programs.

other recent line art threads:
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Ssu-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!! :D :hug:

I use photoshop elements by the way..... :(
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