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lining tutorial! by BabyWolverines lining tutorial! by BabyWolverines
AS REQUESTED BY :iconreiplaz:, here's a little bit of a lining tutorial

I KNOW MY WRITING SUCKS so here's an actual text version in case you can't make out any words:

open up your favourite program (I'm using paint tool SAI) and work your magic to create a beautiful sketch thing
I like to sketch in bright colours, but it doesn't really matter

NEXT I like to turn down the opacity of the sketch layer. this helps me see what the hell I'm doing when I start lining

before you start lining, PLEASE make sure you've made a new layer above the sketch or else you will end up wanting to off yourself. nothing is worse than accidentally doing your lines on your sketch

now it's time to choose your weapon. I don't really have a set tool, but usually it's one of these three

so this is the part where I like to zoom in like a fiend as you can see, we're at 600% right now

sometimes I zoom in even closer, it just helps to keep your lines controlled

well like I said, I ended up zooming in even more. I also decided to use the marker tool instead of the pen tool. Don't be afraid to bail on your original plan and experiment. It's art, you just kinda have to feel it out every time

then you just go at it with short, quick strokes. pay attention to the lines in your sketch that look best (what I mean by this is sometimes your lines don't look like your sketch does. usually it's because you're not doing your lineart over the lines of the sketch that your brain emphasizes, so it looks a little off. it helps to squint at your sketch a little to figure out what lines your brain thinks are most important and look best)

I basically zoom back out a billion times a second to see how it's turning out

I also like to hide the sketch layer to see the lines even clearer every once in a while

THEN YA JUST KEEP AT IT


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I'll be adding the final image to this once I'm doneee, but until then, I hope this is helpful!
Don't be afraid to rotate your canvas a bit if you're having trouble with certain angles or trying to do horizontal lines. I find that it's easier for me to control my hand when I'm dragging it down rather than across the page.
Don't be afraid to mess around with the size of your pen/marker. There's no secret pen size that makes your art look amazing, you just have to dick around a bit to find what feels best. You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change this quickly.
When you're using SAI, you can also use the scroll on your mouse to zoom in and out faster.
Don't be afraid to line in dark/medium grey or even darker colours. You can set the lines layer on multiply to make it stand out against your base colour, but the fact that the lines aren't pure black can make your art appear less harsh
TAPER YOUR LINES! Abrupt ends on lines looks harsh as well. If you're lining with a mouse, you can erase the ends to taper them. If you're using a tablet, just don't press as hard when you get to the end of a line

I use a wacom graphire4 tablet in case anyone is wondering! If you have any other questions, please ask and I'll try to answer them. And if there are any other tutorials you guys would like me to make for you, go ahead and request 'em! :heart:

this is just how I line things and I hope it was sort of helpful, though I don't think it was LOL
it really just helps to experiment and practice a lot. you'll find your own specific way to do it eventually <3
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:iconchichicherry123:
chichicherry123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Artist
Thank you sooo soooooo much for this ~! excited happy Squee! 
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:icononeliferemaining:
OneLifeRemaining Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't find a Pen or Ink Pen tool in my toolbox. Do you know how I might be able to get that there or at least create them?
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F-Xavier Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
hey there, thanks for sharing the tutorial! i love the "soft" marker you share, it helps me a lot! :3
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
you're very welcome! i'm glad you could put it to use :3
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ahoycaitlin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
AHSKBDLBF: THANK YOU :heart:
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:iconhazelrah7:
hazelrah7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LAV IT ;W; /favorites
AAGH I LOVE YOUR LINES THEYRE SO smoooooth.
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
THANK YOU, THANK YOU <333
glad you like dem heheh ;u;
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:iconhazelrah7:
hazelrah7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao:
YUPP
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:iconrelaxcupcake:
relaxcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
IM FAVORITE THIS OKAY
BECAUSE YOURE V HELPFUL N IM V PRUND MISS UuuuuuUuuu

u should make one on.......colorin when u get the chance baba :heart:
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
but u no how to colour SON
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:iconrelaxcupcake:
relaxcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I MEAN LIKE THE COLOR U NO PAPA
or shading
help the community with ur wisdomme
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
OH LOL i can do a shading one but idrk how to do a colouring one cause u just go at it lOL
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:iconrelaxcupcake:
relaxcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
LMAO WELL WITH THE COLORIN IN DA LINES BOOSHIET TOO but i guess i could...try to find wun but ur perfect i whisper
BUT DO SHADING TOO BC YER A WIZAERD
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shadydragon1011 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
icant draw for crap, every little bit helps.
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
everyone starts at the same point so don't get discouraged :heart:
i'm glad you can find this even a tiny bit helpful though!
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shadydragon1011 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you
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zhar97 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Where do you get the ink pen tool and the other extra tools?
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
i've never actually downloaded any extra brushes for sai, so they all came with it when i downloaded it and i just made duplicates and fiddled around with the settings bahaha
i know that in some versions of sai, the tools are different but if you left click on a blank box in the tool box, then a drop down menu should come up with all the tool options and you can add them in :3
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:iconzhar97:
zhar97 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student General Artist
ooh... ok
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Yum-i Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: How do you get your lines to be around the same width each time? Because whenever I draw, mine come out super big in the middle and smaller on the ends. I want to get rid of that effect because it doesn't look consistent(or make good lineart).
Also I can't figure out how to rotate the canvas in gimp (the program I'm using), you wouldn't know how would you?
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
HMM i think that would have something to do with how much pressure you put on your pen when you draw. i used to draw with a ton of pressure and my lines would end up like how you described (i didn't really mind though) but my hand would get sore after doing big lining jobs LOL so i've learned to not press so hard and just draw with a larger brush size and i don't have any problems with it

though i think if you wanted to keep the line about the same thickness as it's thicker parts, you could change the brushe's minimum size to something larger, then the difference wouldn't be as much. i'm not sure how to do this in gimp though, but i can check in a little bit!

hopefully that's kind of helpful <3 i haven't used gimp in a very long time so i'm not sure either but i can definitely check for you. if there's a header on the top bar that says Canvas or Image, it should be in the drop down menu for that i think, because that's where it is in photoshop elements and sai but i'll check!
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Yum-i Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! Thank you sooo much!!! You don't know how much that helps.:iconomgshakeplz: I've had that problem, and I really needed the advice. I'm totally going to try your tips out! *cries a river*
:iconimcryingsomuchplz:
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MintChocoFusion Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
this makes me feel better :> thanks!
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
oh yay i'm glad it does ;u; :heart:
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Emiko-CatOnFire Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
AAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH. :la:
I'm getting a tablet soon, so this is majorly helpful =D
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BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
NO PROBLEM! :heart:
ohohoh that's so exciting 8D congrats heheh
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:iconreiplaz:
Reiplaz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!! thank you so much <3 :la: now shading and eye tutorial x3
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
LOL YES the shading one is gonna be a complete shit show though since i honestly have no clue what i'm doing when i shade ever LOLLL
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canobefnur Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
shh, your writing doesn't suck.

And also this seems like it's be really helpful to anyone who has trouble with linearting! o:
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
EH thank you but i wish it were nicer ;c

yay i'm glad you think so! :heart:
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canobefnur Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
..like it would be
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:iconbabywolverines:
BabyWolverines Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
it's not letting me change the file to the version with the white background so until then, you're all stuck with the ugly transparent version, sawreh ;c
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