Trying Different Line Art

Even though I’ve been doing more digital art recently, I still love my traditional work.  The problem I have most with traditional though is the line work.  I’m not very neat, or precise.  So I have a tendency to make a bit of a mess.

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I like to ink, then colour, then ink again.  On the second inking I can vary the line width to cover mistakes, but I usually make more mistakes whilst doing it.

So I’ve been doing some experiments.  First up:  what about only inking once, after I’ve coloured?

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I sketched out my piece – a monster, obviously.  Then coloured it.  At this stage it looked a little weird.

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And inked it.

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Like my notes say, it kinda worked.  But I still made a little mess.  Time for experiment two – doing a really thin line for the first inking.

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It looks kinda nice with just the thin outline once coloured.

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But my colouring is a little messy.  So I went ahead and re-inked.

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The problem is that to cover my messy colouring, the line becomes thicker, and looks messier.

Conclusion: I need to work on being neater with my colouring.

Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

2 thoughts on “Trying Different Line Art”

  1. Personally I prefer the thicker line, it makes it stand out more. Honestly I don’t actually dislike the “messy” coloured version either, I think it has a very Roald Dahl vibe to it.

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