@atrox-forensis asked me for tips on linearts so I slapped this super quick bc I’m kind of tipsy. Lots of wine lmao
- Look up what other artists do. Try to replicate it. If you can’t figure out how, ASK. Most artists will be more than happy to help, specially during livestreams. I learned lots from watching @silvestervitale‘s livestreams. If you’re shy, many other artists put up tons of tutorials for their art process for you to study!
- Your favourite artists are also wonderful sources of inspiration. I am a fan of Shirow Miwa and Patrick Gleason, to mention just two of them, and their b&w/inking works are great references for complex linearts. Even older artists are great study material-Gustave Doré is a personal fave bc of how good he is at using crosshatch lines for light and shadow in his engravings. STUDYYY
- Experiment!!! Both Paint tool SAI and Photoshop have TONS of fun brushes and tools to work with. Each artist is different and has different methods. Play around, see what looks pretty and what you’re most comfortable with but remember that staying in your comfort zone will get you nowhere.
- PRACTICE!! I know most artists are super tired of hearing this but SERIOUSLY GUYS literally nothing comes out perfect on the first try, specially NOT art. PRACTICE. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.
- Enjoy yourself-if lineart is simply not your thing, just leave it for a while. Many artists prefer to just clean their sketches up a bit or straight up paint on top of lose sketches. Art is like fart-if you gotta force it, it’s probably shit so you should let it be. Linearts in particular are super straining for me, so take breaks and don’t push yourself too hard if you notice pain or discomfort.