Your line art is killing me, it's absolutely gorgeous! o.O Any tips? I suppose it just comes naturally to you now, but was there a time where you had to actively think about your line quality and the marks you were making?

baelgrave-art:

Tumblr ate my first response to this question, so it looks like I get to type it all over again. HOO BOY.

First of all, thank you! Pfffffffft. You’re too sweet.

Yeah, it’s pretty second-nature by now. For the longest time, I really didn’t pay much attention to form in much of my art; all that existed in my own little world were anatomy and line. So, I got really good at faking anatomy and depth with line weight! It’s so ingrained by now that line weight literally just happens when I sketch. As a friend of a friend of mine likes to say, “If you can’t make good designs, at least make pretty lines!” 

Anecdotes aside, here’re the rules I generally follow. All rules can be broken, though, but these are the big ones, in somewhat of a descending hierarchy:

  1. The big rule is exaggerate line weight around details you want to draw attention to!
  2. Thicker lines around the contour of your object. This will make your silhouette pop, and really pull out any shapes you’re proud of in your design.
  3. Thicker lines under forms! Think underbellies, feet, chins, and other grounded forms. This gives your object weight, and can hint at shadow. This is very prevalent in animation, where the illusion of weight is an important part of bringing your character to life.
  4. Thicker lines around objects that are closer! This creates a sense of depth. Very important -  especially when the only method you have to convey where forms are in space is line!
  5. Thicker lines around any other forms you want to emphasize. Think the bases of sturdier forms, like the bases of ears, teeth, shoulders, etc. 
  6. The big one you often see in my art is thicker lines around where objects meet.
  7. Finally, use thinner or lighter lines for smaller details inside and for areas of high detail. These are the thinnest lines in the hierarchy, so that your eyes will not register high-detail areas as a mess.

This will really give a sense of depth, and create a flowy, fluid feel. I picked this up from studying stuff like Alphonse Mucha’s art and pushing it. 

Anyway, here’s a good example of much of the stuff up top put into action on this owl:

But that’s it! I’m really no expert at this kind of thing; especially because line is pretty much the only thing I’m good at LOL. I hope that helps. It’s actually kind of difficult to explain something I kind of just do, so I hope this makes at least some sense.


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Hiccup cosplay, from how to train your dragon two.

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Hiccup cosplay, from how to train your dragon two.


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My brain is a simple one.

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petitpotato:

My brain is a simple one.

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I’m so sorry for the lack of art, I’m still working on commissions, job hunting, etc. TATHave a commander as an apology

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I’m so sorry for the lack of art, I’m still working on commissions, job hunting, etc. TAT

Have a commander as an apology


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Attack on Titan/Kill la Kill print!


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