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Tutorial: how I draw lineless
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2017 comments from self: sorry I used such a hard-to-read font, and sorry about how messy my handwriting is xD I didn't expect this tutorial to get so much use!

It's fairly short, because really the only thing I do is... not use lineart xD But yeah, hope this tutorial is helpful in some way o:

Everything shown here was done in Photoshop.

Fun fact: I actually can't draw lineart on computers for beans. Like I actually can't do it. I draw lineless because I like how it looks, and because lineart is just too hard for me :'D

Simple shading tutorial, and yoshi drawing:
Simple shading tutorial by Celebi-Yoshi      Mi yoshi bby by Celebi-Yoshi
This technique is used in almost all of my "fancier" drawings/paintings.... some that I am asked about most often:
Princess Cadence by Celebi-Yoshi Princess Celestia by Celebi-Yoshi Queen Chrysalis by Celebi-Yoshi
Yep, same technique for fleshing out my images as used in this tutorial
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Vyctorian's avatar
Vyctorian| Digital Artist
Very useful ^^
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TabbysFlame's avatar
Thank you sooooo much!!!!
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dontmineit's avatar
dontmineit|Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU FOR THIS
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CakeIsSuperior's avatar
CakeIsSuperior|Hobbyist General Artist
Is it okay to use the binary pen(the pixel pen)? Or does it ruin the lineless art somehow?(I use ibisPaint, and it's kinda hard for me to use the magic brush to select blobs that aren't pixelly)
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Celebi-Yoshi|Professional Digital Artist
You can do lineless with any kind of tool! I'd suggest maybe trying to stick to the same types of tools throughout the process (so if you use binary pixel pen for color, use it for shading as well etc).
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CakeIsSuperior|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks~ I'll remember that
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kalinijta's avatar
When coloring, do I have to make a layer for each color?
I mean, a layer for skin, another for hair, etc
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Celebi-Yoshi|Professional Digital Artist
I usually do, at least initially, so if I mess something up or want to change something it's easy to fix. ^^
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kalinijta's avatar
Ok, thanks ^^
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Bumbledum|Student General Artist
God I love your art. ^^ Thank you!
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Crazy-Corners's avatar
That is so cute omg
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uetomutt's avatar
uetomutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok so the sketch is one layer and then when you start 'blocking' it with
color, that's also a layer too right ??
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Celebi-Yoshi|Professional Digital Artist
Yes! The more layers the merrier :')
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deer-rat|Hobbyist Digital Artist
it helps really, but one question ;;
how do I make the lines not shaked..?
I mean that they look straight and not ohrrible drawn ;_;
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CarrotPotato|Student Digital Artist
Where do you draw?
For example, in Medibang, you just gotta adjust the correction option. In level 19, the lines become smoother~
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deer-rat|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I draw in SAI but it's not the stabilizer.. my tablet works fine on my computer, but not on my laptop somehow
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CarrotPotato|Student Digital Artist
Strange, maybe it's a tablet configuration gone wrong?
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chibiBiscuit|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome! :D Thank you so much for making this!

I'm definitely going to try this out sometime in the future. Alternatively, my wife threw me an idea when I was whining about how chunky and fugly everything looks when I try this. She said I should draw the lineart for each color like I normally do, just do it in the same color as the fill and put them both on the same layer. It's a little bit of a workaround, and not really a proper fix to the "my hand isn't steady enough for this!" problem, but it's a possibility.

I can't wait to give this a shot. There's going to be a torrent of pony art on my page. ^___^ Thank you again, you're the best!!!
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titanicwalnut63|Hobbyist General Artist
That actually helps alot!!! Thank you!! :D
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Celebi-Yoshi|Professional Digital Artist
I'm happy to hear it! :) you're welcome!
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HeartIsNude's avatar
Secrets revealed! No patent! The technique is ripe for stealing!

Or contributing to help others improve ^.^
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Jojuki-chan|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I'll try this sometime! :D
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Celebi-Yoshi|Professional Digital Artist
:'D
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DarkestDragonKing|Hobbyist Digital Artist
First thing I thought of was my picture of Zyrathus. I did it all with no lineart and then when I finished the coloring, I put in the lineart at the end x.x lol
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