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WeirdEttinLaugh

WeirdEttinLaugh



  12/21/2019

Hi everybody I don’t normally post a lot here I have a nasty habit of disappearing into the void and coming back years later (I did this before with some older accounts I lost the name etc of, let’s just say I’ve been here on and off since 09 intermittently) and I know we’ve got some amazing artists in this community so uhm I’m kind of enlisting some help here for something I have a problem with that’s driving me up the wall. Basically I cannot for the life of me seem to get lineart to work out for me digitally no matter how I try something about it just looks off all the time. I try doing lines which are colours a wee bit darker than the shadow and or base tones and it just doesn’t look right. So I do black lines. And it still just looks so bad. I try a sketchy style and it’s still not having it. I’ve seen some of you post artwork in the past and I was wondering what’s the best advice you have? I draw on an iPad due to me not really having a strong laptop and really disliking the dissonance of drawing and not looking at the surface I’m drawing on. I usually always use a stabiliser and I have a pen that allows for pressure sensitivity in my work. I’ve tried drawing with my arm- it just makes my arm hurt. I’ve tried with palm rejection and working in fast confident strokes zoomed out, it doesn’t change the problem. I really want to be able to live up to my full potential with digital art but I seem to be at a crux. Compared to my traditional art which is very satisfying to me this kind of art just always ends up making me so disheartened with the end result.
Long story short please share some general digital art tips here if you have any. Thank you!!

 
Linda

Linda
Germany  

 visit Linda's website: My deviantArt gallery
  12/22/2019

Could you possibly show an example of how your digital lineart looks like? I've seen your traditional works in the art section and they do look wonderful. :)
Digital lineart used to be awfully tedious for me too - I feel like I can be much more precise with my digital lines, but they still don't look as lively and dynamic as my traditional ones, since I rarely have the nerve to manually change the lineweight.

Do you prefer bold or thin lines when working digitally? I find it easier to capture a certain smoothness when using thick lines (by drawing through the elbow, which you already mentioned!). But it's also nice to work on a high resolution and use very very thin lineart, since that puts more focus on the broad shapes when you fill in colours :)

 
WeirdEttinLaugh

WeirdEttinLaugh



  12/22/2019

Some examples of my digital art: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6V5unjlPHA/?igshid=gkqljq2nrf8i
https://www.instagram.com/p/B552SEkh93T/?igshid=13azktvx2g6ke
https://www.instagram.com/p/B50jkijBLTy/?igshid=maalkk9e7xxc
https://www.instagram.com/p/B58Y-0pBCvG/?igshid=nmcc944ank1z
https://www.instagram.com/p/B6DRhmUlfC2/?igshid=1t7lschejg3wp

Thank you, I really enjoy drawing Norns traditionally especially! I appreciate any feedback and advice you may be able to give me!

 
SpaceShipRat

SpaceShipRat
Italy  


  12/22/2019

I think the lines could be fine, without the pillowy shading making them stick out. In your traditional media drawings, the paint gives everything texture, while the digital stuff is so smooth and the shadows and lighting tend to follow the lines so it looks flat.

Edit: I know what it is, it's that you're using fuzzy tools for the shadows and highlights. Try making the borders of the shadows sharp.

 
WeirdEttinLaugh

WeirdEttinLaugh



  12/22/2019

I get you sometimes I like to do something that’s a bit sharper and like cel style but I always think it looks bad that way but even the more smooth based tools but I think based on what you’ve said I might give a sharper shading style a try. Thank you I really appreciate feedback about this kind of stuff!
 
Linda

Linda
Germany  

 visit Linda's website: My deviantArt gallery
  12/23/2019

I'd actually say that your lineart looks really nice in terms of smoothness!
Maybe try using an even stronger line hierarchy, even though I've noticed you've already figured that out by yourself. What I mean is using thicker lines for the broad shapes (character outlines, things that are closer to the viewer) and thinner ones for details like hair or folds, and objects that are further in the background. Varying the lineweight in a single line makes everything more interesting to look at while sticking to a line hierarchy helps achieve clarity.

Folds are something you can illustrate very well through shading, so I'd recommend using few lines on those. I don't really have anything else to point out, keep it up :D

 
WeirdEttinLaugh

WeirdEttinLaugh



  12/23/2019  1

Thank you so much all of the feedback I’ve been getting has been super helpful for pointing out things that I haven’t quite noticed myself such as colouring style affecting things as well as stuff like hierarchy within the line work. I really appreciate the feedback!
 


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