View Full Version : Help with digital art!

01-27-2014, 10:29 PM
I'm a traditional artist, but I'd like to get into digital art because there are a lot of things you can do digitally that you cannot do traditionally.
Anyway, my main questions are:
-How do you make clean line-art?
-What programs do you use?
-any tips you have for a beginner?
I did a quick sketch, but it looks all pixel-y and not smooth. https://www.weasyl.com/submission/418977/happy-fey

QT Melon
01-27-2014, 10:40 PM
The tip I have for beginners is not to be in a rush to do digital artwork. Keep your pencils and paper around to practice more. Practicing just in front of a computer screen isn't good for the eyes or body. It also limits where you will hit the mood to draw or what inspires you to draw.

It's ok to be messy even working digital. There is some weird fixation with linework having to be smooth all the time.

For programs, there are several threads listing what programs people use or what is recommended.

Don't rush your work but take your time to familiarize yourself with your program. You'll be making mistakes a lot so what is the hurry? It's ok to make mistakes so you can learn.

Most of all, have fun.

01-27-2014, 10:41 PM
Well let's see here,
I use SAI Painter,

I use the line tool to make my shakey sketches much smoother.

All of which I did with SAI Painter, I use the Crayon tool mostly.
It feels like a pencil when you play with it, I come from a traditional background as well so it feels more natural to me.

I hope it helps, I also have a small howto WARNING NUDE

Bri Mercedes
01-28-2014, 12:49 AM
I'm a digital artist and I never make clean line art. Don't feel like you have to. Lots of people are waaaaay better than me at lineart, so I stick with what I know best: shape and color. I work mostly with lineless shapes, see my gallery.

I recommend working at 300dpi and on a larger canvas. That way you can zoom in really close, and when you zoom it out for web view it hides wiggly lines.

Also: do you use a mouse or tablet? Because if you use a tablet, you can make the brush pressure-sensitive. It makes it a lot easier to draw if you have pressure sensitivity.

I use Manga Studio 5, it's like a combination of SAI and Photoshop.

Seconded QT Melon. Never abandon your traditional materials and always ALWAYS carry your sketchbook. Digital art programs and hardware are only tools. They do not make you a better artist: in fact, I think digital art is harder.

I'm a professional digital artist- please hit me up if you have a specific question! :3

01-28-2014, 12:56 AM
-How do you make clean line-art?
Clean lines are a lot easier to do with a tablet imo. Unless you know how to use the line tools in whatever art program you're using. Then it's as easy as just laying them down correctly.
But anyways. I usually make really quick, broad strokes with my pen and then go back to erase any stray lines and correct ones that look bad.

-What programs do you use?
Paint Tool SAI

Which, relating back to the line art question, is one of the best programs from getting clean lines. The pen tool is really good for it.

-any tips you have for a beginner?
Practice and don't be afraid to make mistakes.

01-28-2014, 01:43 AM
The only tip I can give right now that hasn't been given yet.

Avoid soft edged brushes, rarely do they look good.

Also practice...practice and practice. It's slightly different from drawing in real media.

The only time I've been able to get super clean lines is using the line tool, which is the most boring thing in the universe so I don't bother with it.

I use photoshop, but I've heard that Sai has line stabilization so it's easier to get cleaner freehand lines in Sai.

01-28-2014, 01:48 AM
Above all; do not look for shortcuts. And by that I don't mean keyboard shortcuts, I mean shortcuts to try and get around drawing certain things. There are some nifty tools in photoshop that'll do things like darken and lighten areas, others that will put filters to give certain effects, etc. They're nice functions, but by NO MEANS replace hand-drawing things in. Using brushes that have different shapes and textures is fine, but just remember that they're no replacement for doing things by hand. It will always be obvious to those who are more experienced in PS and other digital programs. Focus on using PS to get digital drawings, not to make your art life easier; It wont magically make your art better!

Otherwise, Clean lineart comes from practice, or from SAI. I use adobe Photoshop so I had to learn how to make my lines smooth on my own! Definitely invest in a graphics tablet if you're serious about trying digital art. For beginners I suggest a Wacom Bamboo, they're fairly affordable and not complete trash haha. They have compatibility between both Mac and PC which is nice. You can always upgrade to a nicer tablet if you decide it's something you want to keep doing.

Play around with the program a bit, try looking up beginner tutorials to familiarize yourself with whatever program you decide to use functions.