@icepick–lobotomy hi there again!! I think it was you who asked me about colouring, yes! I.. might have deleted the post because frankly it was awful and I can’t really recommend anyone to colour that way and my tutorials aren’t the best out there, but I do like linearting a whole bunch more :D
I work on a 300dpi canvas (most often a A4 size, so
2480 X 3508 with extra 10p added to both just in case.) Big canvases allow you more leeway with your lines, so no need to worry about messiness.
My initial sketches are messier than the room of a teenager, so I usually do a second sketch over it, which I then use as the basis for my lineart. I don’t really use the stabilizer in SAI, mostly because I learned about it only after so many years of going without it, so it feels weird to me, but that’s one way of getting your lineart smoother.
I pretty much just use the rough paint as my sketching tool (as well as my go-to base colour tool, because I’m too lazy to switch between brushes.
The second brush settings are my trusty lineart tool, I couldn’t live without it. Sometimes I play around with the line colours, but I like to start out with a crisp black and then once the colours are added in, I might click on the preserve opacity-button and paint over the lines with something softer.
And then there’s my blend watercolour brush (not an actual blending tool, I don’t like that one), for when you want to smooth areas. I rarely use it on lineart, but eh, it’s a handy brush.
The last three are my paint / colour brushes, kinda irrelevant to this question, but I want to store them in the same place just in case I need to fix them.
p.s. i .. only now noticed that my SAI says ‘quailty’ instead of quality and i’ve been using this version for like… . . nine years? perceptive.