AS REQUESTED BY , 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
----------------------------------------------- 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!
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
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
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?
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!