Anonymous said: I hope you don't mind this question, otherwise please ignore it! When you paint, is it on a single layer? Or do you paint over (or under) the lineart? I'm having a hard time painting because lines always stand out too much.. Any tips?
I rarely paint but I’m assuming you want to paint something like this or that (sorry for the old examples. i don’t think they are representative of my skill anymore but they are the only ones I can think of at the moment.)
I think I’m not qualified to give out any tips because I don’t want the blind leading the blind, but this is what I tend to do:
- make a sketch/lineart. if i am doing a photo study i am very scribbly because i don’t have to imagine the forms or anything at all. just get the general shape/idea.
- lower sketch opacity
- fill in base values on a layer below
- merge the sketch with the base values (at this point maybe duplicate the layers just in case you mess up later)
- paint on the merged layer
my workflow is a complete mess. if you are really curious here is a process gif of an unfinished photo study (slightly nsfw) i did not do justice.
i use the marker to sketch and fill in some flats, brush to add in edges and watercolor to blend a bit
anyway, if your lines stand out too much, keep going until they completely disappear and only the boundary between values/color exist. look into soft, hard, and lost edges (i admit i’m not great at this edge or color thing…i’m very new to painting OTL). sometimes i shrink the size of my brush by a lot when i start doing the details or i become a cowboy and use the lasso tool. that way i dont have to worry about pen pressure or density or junk like that. yeehaw.