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GloomyPandaBear Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just wondering how to keep a steady hand when making outlines for cartoons and such. I mean, I don't make it all wobbly and crocked all over, there are just some parts of my art that bug the hell out of me. I know I shouldn't expect my lines to be perfect but it's just been bugging me for a while and I want to find out how I can fix that.
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zalay Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
draw from your elbow, not your wrist, and just practice circles over and over again
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GloomyPandaBear Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tip :hug: really helpful :)
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zalay Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course :D
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JinxTheGhost Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I hold my drawing hand with my free hand to steady my lines. It makes some really neat lines, especially in detailed work.
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GloomyPandaBear Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll try that out :) Thanks Cuz!
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JinxTheGhost Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You're welcome x)
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Practice using quicker and smoother strokes? Do you use a finepoint pen?
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GloomyPandaBear Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I use a finepoint.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Digital Artist
I don't often use a pen, but when I do, I sometimes go over the lines again to make them a bit thicker, vary the strokes and smooth out any bumps if you know what I mean.
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GloomyPandaBear Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like a good idea :) I'll try that next time I need to! Thanks for commenting, very much appreciated! :huggle:
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Digital Artist
:tighthug:
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi,
This is a common topic so you are not alone!
The best solution is to practice a lot. If you have a tablet, draw with swift confident strokes and your line work will improve over time.

Some programs like SAI have automatic smoothing that will help smooth your lines but also reduce the precision of your details.
vector programs like illustrator and inkscape (free) are also an option but everything has a learning curve!

Personally, I find that a canvas size of 2000 pixels or more is a good place to start. You can always reduce the size later and that may smooth out some of the smaller wobbles. I use the pencil tool for line art but some people use the brush tool.

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GloomyPandaBear Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the tips :huggle: This really helped a lot and I appreciate it very much!
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome! Keep up the good work!
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