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Clean Line-Art for Dummies

A tutorial for anyone (amateur or pro) with steps and tips to help you achieve clean and flawless line-art

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Tools used: RMD - Java Draw
This tutorial is based on:
Cloud Strife - Crisis Core by adaydreamer




Step 1

Start with a sketch - using pencil size 2 or 3, opacity 100% and smoothing should be 50-70%, it does NOT have to be perfect (or near perfect) or else you'll waste too much time on the sketching progress like I did, it's not worth it.If you want to go full-screen and draw, go to View at the top and click Floating Mode this will automatically make a new window/application.


Step 2

there should be a bar (box) where there are layers, make a new layer by click the + at the bottom of this box and it should say Layer 2. Go to Layer 1 and at the top of this box change the opacity to 30-35%. Now you are going to draw your good copy of your drawing on Layer 2 as Layer 1 will act as a guide and you can get ride of it later by deleting the it. Oh! I forgot to mention, make sure you always, always keep looking at the reference, you might want to print it or minimize and put the picture behind the floating mode application.I think not enough artists are looking at their reference enough, they're drawing what they think - not what they see - which makes the picture look not right.



Step 3

Add more detail. Also if you want your picture to look really close (almost exactly) to the original then what I do is look back and forth (really fast) at the two picture and trying to see whats making my picture look weird or different. Make sure they're both the same size when comparing. As another alternative, take picture of them and look at them and what's going wrong.
TIP: FOR CLEAN LINE ART - keep zooming out and see what it looks like when it would be posted up and see where there are those zig zags or little bumps, fix them and zoom out again. I fix my line art by using the eraser and the line tool and going across the line, creating a smoothe edge. For Cloud's hair, the point is easy by making your eraser large and just gently clicking so the point curves inwards.


Step 4

Finish it off. In this picture, i took advantage of the line tool and made all these criss-crossing which is quite effective. BUT don't use the line tool too much because it kinda makes everything flat, so for eg. looking at his shoulder guard i didn't use the line tool because i knew it would look 2D.
TIP 2: Always, always make sure the proportions are what you see, not what you think is realistic or whatever, unless you want it to look different to your reference.
Take advantage of the smoothing tool and the Eraser(soft & hard edge), !!
Good luck and hope this helps !

BTW, my drawing doesn't look clean because RMD did something to the quality ):

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