Women in Suits
okay I think this covers the basics of the way I do my lineart, hopefully it’ll be helpful enough! if something’s unclear don’t be afraid to shoot me an ask about it.
enjoy and dON’T GIVE UP it might get really frustrating at times with all the control z-ing and re-drawing lines but the more you do it, the quicker it’ll get to get them right the first time around and the better you’ll become at it so yes, good luck friends.
Using your wrists is a really really bad idea if you draw frequently. That shit will eventually fuck up your hands. You should be using your elbow and shoulder, not your wrists. Using your wrists just gives you RSI and leaves you unable to use your hand for the next 6 weeks and might leave lasting problems well into the rest of your life. Get a nice large desk or space to work on and pivot your elbow and move your should because that won’t fuck your arm up as much as drawing from your wrists will.
If you need further convincing, using your wrists will also give you wonkier lines because your wrists have more movement than your elbow.
PSA from my own experience: I’ve been drawing my entire life, and if there is one thing I’ve learned is that drawing can and will fuck up any part of your arm you tend to overuse, your back, etc if you are not careful. I’ve never ran into any problems myself, my wrist is fine, but notice how I never said flick your wrist. Swift wrist movements are helped by a very slight movement of the forearm itself. Also, this is a tutorial for graphic tablets, and lots of people use relatively small ones. You can’t use your arm or elbow if you’re working on a small tablet. Training your wrist doesn’t happen overnight, like I stated, it takes years.
It should be needless to say that if your wrist gets tired or your hand starts cramping, drop it and leave it for a few hours or the next day and continue after, don’t overwork yourself.
Regardless of everything this is my personal way of doing lineart and the way I got requested to share, and what has worked for me all these years that I’ve been drawing. From what I’ve gathered it’s also a general consensus of how to get strong lines digitally (traditionally the control + z isn’t there, sadly) without stabilizers.
But it doesn’t mean you (or anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable) have to do it. This is the way it works for me and a bunch of other artists I know, techniques I discovered myself growing up.
We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.
This I can do.