Thank you! And may I also add for tablet users - there is no brush that will suddenly make you a better artist! It bugs me when people ask 'which brush are you using' in an attempt to get some insight into suddenly becoming a good painter. There's no magic trick, only practice and experimentation.
I applaud you! I have been telling a few people this as well, and some of them take it to heart, but a few others get mad at me for pointing out the truth.
I made these same mistakes. It wasn't until I started practicing, studying, using the darn shoulder and elbow instead of the wrist, and gaining confidence that my lines started to look clean and looked like they were meant to be there and not just some random floating chicken scratch. xD
Sometimes I've noticed that when I'm using my tablet, my lines get wobbly. I'm still getting used to my tablet, so the other day I realized that my lines look a lot better if I'm drawing more gently and not pressing down so hard. Still, it's harder to get precision when drawing with a light touch... gah!
Really? I use a different method, I use a big brush, stroke the lines in, then erase, it gives me more control for those cute shapes, but the lines are strong because at the beginning they were strong.
Perhaps try that? Or, perhaps just scan in lineart
I try that sometimes, but I erase crooked sometimes, too. I am getting better though. I think I just need more practice. I haven't been motivated to do much of anything for months so I haven't used my tablet more than ten or so times yet.
Also it's good to never stop practicing traditionally or experimenting further in trad inking. A lot of young artist tend to drop pen and paper soon as they get a tablet. This causes them to not get a full understanding and have issues with techniques.
Learning to ink with different instrument like pens, nibs, brushes can help artist understand inking. It those that do transition to digital much easier.
Confidence...good gravy I lack that...trying to get better at drawing with more confidence, but dayum is it hard XD And call me naive but it wasn't until I came on DA that I learned about people that blamed whatever medium that they used for their lack of skill..it just seems so...silly...I mean if a person can't spell a word then they wouldn't blame their pen, so why would someone blame a program for a bad drawing... I dunno that just seems crazy.
Yup, I can understand it if you're a musician, I've started piano and going from a cheap keyboard to an old piano that is out of tune AND misses keys, can be frustrating. But, if I fuck up, its still my fault.
Actually its not so much a compass all the time though, but basically its to be more loose and fluid. If you want to see how it works, Feng draws with his pinky in his traditional media.(Link goes directly to the video time.)
Maybe you aren't ware but there are techniques in digital programs for making smoother/cleaner lineart.
Anyone looking on this thread for any actual technical help, don't bother with dA in general for help with lineart, Youtube is a great source to watch and learn people's techniques for making clean art. Don't waste your time waiting on forum responses, there's limitless tutorials for everything on google.
If you have nothing to say, how about not bothering, all you're doing is going OMG LISTEN TO ME, when I was actually aiming at the amount of people who have been moaning about line art for the past month.
My friend taught me the secret of how to have smooth digital lineart in Photoshop is to make use of the resolution at least 300 -400 dpi and zoom in the drawing while doing the lineart. After that, when you zoom out, you'll get a nice stroke without any jiggles
Great advice! I noticed how much better my lines got when I started using my shoulder to draw instead of my wrist (which causes those 100-lines-a-second chicken scratches). It's impossible to not do big sweeping strokes with your shoulder.
suchiMANGOLASSIFeatured By OwnerDec 31, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
This is just a tip for SAI users: to get smooth lines, you can go to the stabilizer in the top bar and make it higher. You should play around with the settings to see which one works best for you. I hope that helped someone ..
Oh gosh... finally some tips on how to do decent lineart.
But drawing lines confidently? I'm not sure if I do draw my lines confidently. I just don't worry about it, but for some reason it doesn't come out neat. Maybe it is neat and I'm just not thinking about it?
It means don't think about "does this belong here?" or "this isn't looking the way I imagined". Don't second guess yourself. And like she said, practice with sketches first, which sometimes requires you do the same sketch over and over until you get it right.