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How to make Anime / Manga Lineart [Toeto's Style] [Thick, Thin]

In the last tutorial (Which was successful! :D YAY!) I taught people how to COLOR their anime / manga pictures! :D Now in this tutorial I will teach / show you how to DRAW LINEART / INK. I'm still pretty young so please be careful for what you say to me. Thanks, and please comment on my page about this, if it was clear or not. C: ENJOY THE TUTORIAL!

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Step 1

Hi, everyone! :D So in my last tutorial you guy's have learned, how to color (my style). Of course you can't get everything perfect, unless you practice! :D I'm pretty new to drawing Manga / Anime / Animals etc. Um.. I'd really appreciate it if EVERYONE who read this would comment or PM me about this tutorial or / and the previous one. C:

Okay so hopefully this tutorial WILL be clear-er and more thorougher. (Synonym for being clear, and carefully)

So ANYWAYS! The first step to making or drawing lineart / inking, is to draw your sketch. In my case I'm doing a request for my 20th subscriber! :D She's really amazing and when this is done hopefully you can view her profile too! :D

In a sketch you should probably use AT LEAST a color light! You've probably thought of some while reading the paragraph above this one. So some are; Pink, Sky blue, Aquamarine, Lime-Green, Magenta, Red-ish-orange, or Lavender! There are many, many more that I have not named yet, but you get the idea! :D


Step 2

So in step 2 (WHICH IS REALLY EASY!!!) you would just lower your sketch layer to AROUND these numbers!; 40% - 60%

If they are REALLY light already there is no need to do this step. IF for some reason you chose a dark color, then this step may be GREAT help!

These are just some numbers that I like to use, you MAY use them but you don't have to force yourself to use the same as I do. C:

(The NUMBERS AND DOTS at the top are just reminders about which size / colors I can use. You can also use the "View, Palettes, Swatches" to help keep track of your colors. I don't use it unless I draw on ONE layer. C:

If you have questions please save them until I finish the tutorial, and comment on my page. ^^ PLEASE a tutorial does NOT mean, to copy the tutorial, you may simply follow the rules and draw YOUR OWN picture. C:



Step 3

Now when you're done with the first two steps you simply trace over the IMPORTANT parts of the sketch!

It should look a little like that, on the left, but more inked. ^^

The color that you use to make the lineart SHOULD be dark, so that you can see it better than the sketch!
You can TECHNICALLY use ANY color, as long as you're comfortable with it!

Colors such as; Black, Brown, Brunette, Navy Blue, Grass-Green, Purple-Violet, etc. are suggested as DARK COLORS!

Colors such as; Silver, Tan, Beige, Sky Blue, Lime-Green, Magenta, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Ruby, Lavender, etc. are suggested as LIGHT COLORS!


Step 4

Now as we have started drawing / inking lineart, you may use the "Beziers lines" on your Pen strokes palette! :D You may also use the SMOOTHING technique, to help smooth the lines!~

I rather like to hand-draw my own linearts WITHOUT the smoothing / lines because I can MAJOR in outlining! C: I suggest that you do what the first paragraph says, if you're new to this. C:

Now as you are drawing your lineart, or rather inking it, I would suggest that you'd make SOME minor parts THICK, and some THIN.

Haha I know it looks bad, but later on you will see the changing lines, going thick and thin. C:

Good luck inking / linearting!!!

Hopefully I will upload step 5 before midnight, but probably not. C:


Step 5

So now, when you're done with your lineart, which I am. YAY, you can either close your sketch layer, or keep it. It's optional! :D

In this tutorial, even though I said I usually don't use the smoothing tool, I did anyways to help THICKEN the lines. C:

So this is the LAST step in the tutorial! Hopefully, I've helped you organize, and draw / ink your linearts! :D IF YOU WANT TO color / change your lineart, ONLY YOUR LINEART, then you simply hit the "Lock Alpha" button, on the "Layers" palette!~ Then you will ONLY color on the spots you've drawn on. C: REMEMBER TO ALWAYS KEEP YOUR LINEART LAYER ON TOP, AND MULTIPLY!!! This means you won't have to redraw your layer, and erase the white spots!!!

So the finished product will hopefully come soon, after I'm done coloring this! :D PLEASE LOOK FORWARD TO MY FINISHED DRAWING! Don't forget to comment on my page, when you're done reading!

Also I've failed putting this step before midnight. xDDD WELL ANYWAYS Here are some links that are IMPORTANT!


Recent Tutorial : [ LINK ]

Finished Drawing : [ LINK ]


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