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The "Secret" to Beautiful Hair. (har! har!) [May. 19th, 2005|05:36 am]
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Digital Inking Tip a la Moi:

Like regular inking, for long, smooth lines, you want to make sure not to rest your hand on the drawing surface. Draw with your arm and elbow motions instead of your wrist motions. However, here's another neat little trick you can do for digital inking and getting those beautiful, sweeping, yet controlled lines:

Try lightly resting your pinky on the surface while inking. Since there is no ink to smudge, no rough paper to catch, and a tablet surface is incredibly smooth--with a little practice, this technique should give you increased control over the smoothness and weight of your lines. Your pinky (and the fingers resting on your pinky) act as a sort of spring with which to control your pressure.

Lots of people ask me "how do you draw your hair?" (actually, that's THE most asked question I recieve) Well, that's it. This is the technique I *always* use when drawing hair, the curve of bodies, and sometimes clothing. Sometimes I'll even put a little piece of paper under my pinkie if it's a humid day out and it won't slide on the surface like it usually does.

And there's actually a little bit more to it to that, but I can't go giving all my secrets away, now can I? Making digital inking look completely natural is a challenge you'll have to learn on your own. Everybody discovers different techniques that work for them. That's the whole fun of it all! :)


[User Picture]From: isobel80
2005-05-19 04:52 am (UTC)
thanks :-)
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[User Picture]From: artist_luver
2005-05-19 06:01 am (UTC)
great tip! and the visual is an x-tra plus!
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[User Picture]From: man_size
2005-05-19 10:45 am (UTC)
Fascinating. I don't think I could do it. I hug the paper too much. I'd need a pulley system for my wrist. You are a Wacom Master.
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2005-05-20 02:10 pm (UTC)
Wacom is my beeaych. :D
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[User Picture]From: maiteoida
2005-05-19 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'd try to follow the advice, but due to the REALLY odd way I hold my pencil (I sort of wrap my index finger around the pencil and..other stuff), I can't. :( Nevertheless, it's really interesting to see inking techniques, especially when its digitally.
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From: crispypoohs
2005-05-19 02:26 pm (UTC)
God... that hurts my arm. If I were to do that, I'd knock over too much stuff on my desk, too. Wild motions of my elbo = not so good for the rest of my posessions.
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2005-05-20 02:14 pm (UTC)
I discovered the pinky thing quite my accident. I've always heard you're supposed to draw with your wrist off the paper, but that was always uncomfortable for me. When I got my wacom, I was goofing off and trying different hand positions and seeing how my curves and lines came out, when I started doing this and realized I had a lot more control over my longer lines. However, my arm is held at a direct 90 degree angle in front of my body when I draw, so I've never had problems with my elbow knocking anything over. :)

And I still rest my wrist when it's small detail work or sharp curves. I can't imagine keeping my arm like that all the time. ;_;
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[User Picture]From: tentopet
2005-05-19 09:20 pm (UTC)
Wahhhh why CAN'T you give away all your secrets?! You don't want people to improve or somethin'?
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2005-05-20 02:08 pm (UTC)
Because no matter how many techniques you tell, sometimes it's just better for people to learn on their own in order to develop a unique style. There simply isn't just one right way to draw. :)

And because KNOWLEDGE is POWER . . . and how will I rule the world someday if I don't have power?
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[User Picture]From: tentopet
2005-05-21 07:21 am (UTC)
Awwww, so you're worried that people will copy your styyyyyle.....

Haha I'm such a pain!
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