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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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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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:iconahoycaitlin:
ahoycaitlin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
AHSKBDLBF: THANK YOU :heart:
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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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relaxcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
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
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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