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Year of the Snake by lennan Year of the Snake by lennan
2013 is the Year of the Water Snake.

One of the most convenient parts about having a character who is a giant divine serpent is that you don't have to think very hard on making New Years pictures. Originally, I intended to post this at the beginning of the year, but my coloring depressed me. Well, it still does, but one of my goals this year is to learn how to color. But, it's the Chinese New Year and I wanted to at least have some art submitted by then so I'd at least get it in on somebody's New Year. So, Happy New Year.

The one thing I want to know: I inked this in Photoshop from a scanned sketch. Is there a way to ink on the tablet that does not require me to contort myself in some kind of bizarre-o artist's yoga just to have steady lines? Because this is a disheartening and rather painful (to my wrist) endeavor. Or is the only answer more practice drawing lines on a tablet?


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Karnanyd Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally learned to love the pen tool for outlining, but it's not very organic. Another possible solution might be just rotating the canvas to a more comfortable angle for you as you ink, just like how you'd normally rotate a piece of paper.
lennan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I never thought about that. I'll have to try it next time. The only thing I've done so far is try to make the canvas bigger. I've found that the larger the picture is in its original size, the easier it is to ink since you can hide the wobbly lines. It also makes it easier to draw in general with larger images. But I feel like the lines are less...energetic? Which isn't really just a problem I have with computer inking, but with inking in general. Plus in photoshop, I can't really adjust the line weight easily without an eraser. =/
Wazaga Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
either more practice.... or submit to learning the pen tool.

orrrrrrrrrrrrr, just ink traditionally and save yourself the drama :XD:

in any case, great post for the new year :)
lennan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Yeah, possibly more practice.

As for traditional inking, my main problem with it is that I can't find a way to get rid of the underlines without erasing the find lines or making the lines look jagged and unclean. =/ How do you clean an ink drawing when you scan it?
Wazaga Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually fiddle with the levels and curve editing in photoshop. any fine lines it might take away I add in digitally. which is a small price in the long run.
lennan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I'll have to try that with my next image. I have some pictures I want to ink, so I think I'll use those for experimenting. Thanks for the tips. =)
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