Hello Faeb, my dearest. I have a little question and I hope you wouldn't mind answering me. In your art most of your outlines are kind of sketchy, which I love. I have recently started experimenting around with that style as well but now a question appeared. How do you colour this? With it being sketchy, the selection tool doesn't work well for me because the lines often have holes. Do you carefully stay in the lines, retracing them with the colour or is there a trick I have not yet discovered?
So, I have two methods for this, and the first one makes people cringe when they watch me on stream, haha. I know this isn’t the most efficient way to do it, but I enjoy doing it coloring-book style where I take a hard round brush under the lines and color it in manually, cleaning up the edges as I go:
The second method is selecting the outside and then inverting the selection and using the bucket tool. You mentioned having a lot of holes in your line art. For me, I try to keep that in mind as I’m sketching to close off problem areas but sometimes it just looks good to keep something open (like ends of hair, in my case). So I’ll go back and manually color in and/or erase those areas:
Lastly, if you end up wanting clean line art for something, you can use Lazy Nezumi for Photoshop or I recommend getting Paint Tool SAI. It’s a relatively cheap program with built in line stabilization and is also great to make art in on its own. (In some areas it is better than PS, but that’s another topic haha.)
Here is an example of the line work you can get from SAI: