‘I can’t make a good line drawing digitally!’ I’m sure many of you are struggling with this.
To improve the quality of your digital line drawings, you need to get used to drawing them, and if you know how to get used to them, your progress will be a lot faster.

In this article, I’d like to introduce some tips on how to draw beautiful digital line drawings.

This article is especially recommended for beginners who are new to digital, so please take a look!

Let’s start over with “Ctrl+Z” until the ideal line is drawn

First of all, one of the great advantages of illustrating digitally is that you can go back to work again and again with the touch of a button.
Drawing the lines you want is difficult, even for professionals.
So don’t worry about making mistakes and try again and again until you get the lines you want.

 

Drawing in small pieces instead of trying to draw in one stroke

If you try to draw a curved line or a long line with a single stroke, the pressure will be constant and the thickness of the line will be monotonous, and you will lose momentum and smoothness, making the line unattractive.

In this case, by drawing short lines together, you can draw a line drawing at a length and angle that is easy for you to draw.
By dividing the lines into smaller ones, you can draw spontaneous and smooth lines without worrying about having to redo them if you make a mistake.

If you’re not used to working digitally, it can be difficult to connect the beginning and end of a line.
In such a case, I dared to draw the lines without connecting them and corrected them later.
Even if you add or erase lines afterwards, it won’t be obvious at a glance.
Let’s learn how to draw digitally.

 

Rotate the canvas

People tend to find it harder to draw lines in the opposite direction to their dominant hand, and find it easier to draw downward lines than upward, so the angle at which it is easier to draw changes from person to person.
You can use rotation and inversion to create beautiful line drawings at an angle that is easy for you to draw.

Especially parts on the opposite side of the canvas (eyes, eyebrows, tufts of hair, etc.) from the dominant hand are easier to paint when the canvas is inverted.

 

I don’t care if the lines stick out

You may end up with a hard line because you are too careful trying to match the edges of the line to the line.
Soft hair and clothes in particular look smoother and more attractive when drawn spontaneously, so you can use the snap of your wrist to draw them with just enough force to make the lines cross.

 

You can erase the extra lines afterwards, so don’t worry about drawing them overflowing.

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Here are some other recommended articles for digital line drawing.

The 3-step line drawing quality improvement technique in 5 minutes!

[Line-drawing making] corrections and adjustments become easier! The benefits of dividing line art into smaller layers

Here’s a line drawing I did using the techniques I’ve described so far. (Including the recommended article.)
What do you think? I think you can put in the pen without compromising the quality of the rough (draft).

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A good line drawing will be more fun to paint afterwards and will motivate you to finish your picture.
Improve the quality of your line drawings and make your illustrations more appealing!

(Text/Artwork/Mozukuni)