At 10/3/12 09:10 PM, BeckyRawr wrote:
Really need to learn how to colour and do line art. it looks lazy :[
You know, it's not bad. I could tell you the typical stuff about how the anatomy and proportions are a bit off, but looking at some of your other art, I am pretty sure you have at least a basic grasp of anatomy because other stuff you've done looks to be properly proportioned (albeit with comic-style anatomy rather than realistic anatomy).
With this particular drawing I think the problem is that it feels like something is getting lost in the transition from the sketch lines to the "inked" lines in the final product.
For example, there's line variation in the black lines of the picture, but where that variation occurs doesn't really make any sense or add to the figure. You want a line to get thicker on parts of the body that are thicker or have more weight to them to create the illusion of contours.
Take the hair, for instance. If I were going to ink that, I would start with a thin line at the top of the head and have it get gradually thicker as it went down, because something is weighing down that hair so it should look heavier at the bottom than at the top.
If we were dealing with the torso, starting from the underarm to about where the ribcage ends, I would have a line that started out thick and got gradually thinner. Then, from the ribcage down to where the hips connect to the legs, I would have a thin line that gradually gets thicker. The reason for that is because around the waistline is where this figure is going to be the thinnest, whereas around the chest and hips she's obviously going to be thicker.
This isn't an exact science, it's an art, so to some extent it's a matter of trial and error in figuring out where to vary line thickness. But if you think about it in terms of what part of the body you're illustrating and how much weight you want to give to it, that might be helpful in creating variations in line thickness that add to the overall quality of what you're drawing.
If you want an example of where I think you did a good job with varying line thickness, I would say take a look at your Pyramind Head drawing.
The only other advice I would give is that, for now, if you can, don't ink stuff digitally. If you have access to a scanner or you are confident enough taking photos of your art, then I would highly recommend drawing and inking everything on paper first and then coloring it using a computer.
This is a personal preference on my part, but I think if you are at the stage where you're still learning how to ink, it's much easier to learn using pen on paper than with a tablet and a computer. The reason why I say this is because there's a lot more you have to worry about if you're inking something on a computer; pressure sensitivity; brush shape; with the pen tool in GIMP you actually have to input numbers configure both the tilt of the pen and the rate at which ink flows; and a whole host of other little details. I don't understand a lot of it and I would consider myself to be at least a competent inker.
Anyway, the tools you use to ink are up to you. There's a fairly cheap set of artist pens from Faber-Castell that I've been using to ink stuff lately, and I would recommend them to you as well since we both have styles influenced by manga and anime. If there's a Hobby Lobby or Michael's near you, you should be able to find them without too many problems.
Also, as you improve and you want a more professional presentation of certain things, I would recommend buying some Bristol Board to draw on, as it takes ink a little better and it's thicker and more durable than regular sketch paper. For pen and ink work, you'll want Bristol board with a "smooth" finish. For mixed-media stuff use the "vellum" finish.
Another small tool that is actually REALLY useful is a kneaded eraser.
You can mold and shape it so that you can erase small details without smudging or destroying pencil work that you've spent an hour (or more) laying out and personally I find it to be an indispensable tool whenever I am sitting down to draw something.
I feel like I kind of dumped a bunch of random information out here, but it's because I have actually been watching your thread for awhile and I think that you have a lot of talent and a lot of potential to be better than you are right now. Part of that process is going to be learning to put in the time it takes to create a finished piece, which is something that varies person by person. But right now, if you rush stuff, it's generally going to come out bad (although there is something to be said about learning to go quickly).
Anyway, keep up the good work and keep posting.