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Lineart Tutorial by Nardhwen Lineart Tutorial by Nardhwen
Well this is the best I could do guys. Lineart tutorials can only help you know how to prepare to do your lineart but no one can take a person's hand to make the person draw crisp lines, it's pretty much up to the artist.

I only have one additional suggestion. Practice your control over your hand often, that's the key for good linearts.

And yeah, that's a sesshkag pic I'm working on right now. I'll be doing the coloring tutorial while I color it.
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slycoopr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
is that sesshomaru and kagome?? omfg i fuckin love inuyasha man
pendragon-09 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, this helped me realize what I was doing both wrong and right, I just need to practice more I guess
random0089 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
still ,,, i cant draw with tabklet a stright line ! :-\
Sirabell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, this was very helpful :)
SHINeeShawol24 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
My linearts always end up looking like i traced the sketch - sketchy ; 3 ;)

i can never get any smooth lines.
XCrazy-ShunshineX Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea how much this helped me. I just got a tablet, and I'm going crazy trying to figure this stuff out. Thanks!
ScarletSpiders47 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you Coloring The Lineart?
IIMikuruII Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Angelspear73 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student
Pfff! :noes: I'm still learning how to work on PS CS5 and I only have a mouseee...........
:crying: what do you recommend me to keep up my work if I want to start working with it? :meow:
Josh-Kuro Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You could try Using paint tool SAI, it's very easy to do Lineart with mouse using vectors there ;D
Angelspear73 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student
Thank you very much for the suggestion! Still a little rusty on my paint tool SAI skills, hhhh but I'm working it out! <3
Josh-Kuro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Anytime ;D
If you still having a hard time send me an email, at
Iernamei Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Filmographer
this is probably one of the best lineart tutorials i've seen. I didn't think that going slow would be the problem and i've always wanted to
learn how to lineart with out using the pen tool to get the variations of thicknesses
DreamWeaverProtector Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!
x-Emz-Heart-x Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Wow your good!
Its insanely hard to do lineart on a laptop..I have learned the had way. :(
loomeli Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
thanks for posting :)
i never knew that my "slow perfectionist" strokes were what couldve been the major problem with my lines xD
didoo0501 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx for sharing :D
sesshomarusama33 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I scanned one of my pictures and was trying to figure out how to make my lines darker, but now I'm going to invest in a drawing tablet. XD Now that I know more about line-art and drawing tablets, I feel stupid for trying to redraw my lines on the "paint" program, XD lol
Eirixoto Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you draw on paper and scan it, then make lines digital? :P

Nice tutorial btw :D
DezzyBeatrice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
aweshum tutorial. but how do you do the double sharp edge, i keep trying to see wat but i cant get it
HelioPulse Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely helpful, thank you!
gxteen07 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
pretty awesome tutorial, was rather helpful :D
MegaMeep Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
:D I really like this! It made me a little less scared to try using my tablet for linearts. it'spretty clear how you do it and I've never noticed that quicker strokes ended up with better lines. Thanks for posting it!
Frogore Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
I never was very able to work with linearts in this way :(

Don't get me wrong my linearts are decent but because I lack the ability to color well, my linearts make up 70 percent of the effort in my stuff XD
Deko-kun Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey nice tutorial there.
Do you use tablet pen?
Emily10x36 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Finally, a tutorial that makes sense :'D Thank You for sharing~ :aww:
Healing-Touch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Great tutorial! I'm making one myself on how I do moonlight effects.
YungDeep Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Very nice. Lately Ive been doin that slow stroke and it just dont work. Imma give that fast stroke a whirl and see how it goes. Thanks for the help. :)
Sticky-Dreyfuss Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
....THAT'S YOUR SKETCH?!?!?! :O my final drawing aren't even an eighth as good as that :P
ViperineVampire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I've been wanting to learn lineart! Wonderful tutorial! As soon as I manage to save up enough for a tablet, I'm trying it out! Thanks alot!
Persnicketese Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
OMG thank you! This makes it so much easier.
EmoCuddles Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Aww, a fellow artist who does lineart in PS by hand. I'm still practicing my lineart skills. Since, I don't have CS3 anymore, I don't have the pen tool, so I have to do everything the old way. I have Photoshop Elements 6. Thanks for the tutorial.
CandyScare Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Yeah, quick strokes are key C:

Ctrl+z is your best friend.
sebastieng Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Can you do a tutorial on color (if possible)?
Yukko-chan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
YAY!! Thanks a bunch for the Tutorial! I did my first lineart! ^___^
avafreak Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
ooooooooh! very good tutorial! i shall try this!!
ErikHolfelderArt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips, very helpful!
eternalsailorearth Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
THanks ^_^
Now my lineart wil be neater XD
I'm so gald by birthday was yesterday or else I wouldn't havea tablet XD
Runya-EithelNar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Thanks for tutorial :) It is very helpful :)
anime-kiki Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
i think this is the simplest tutorial i've seen so far! :) your explanation is more clearer than other instructions on other tutorials. thnk u! :hug:
crazyhyperlady Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
thanks for the tutorial! this'll really help me if i ever decide to do something like that (i'm so lazy, lol)
ultimatebaka Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Thank you for posting this! I'm one of those perfectionist types so it's good to know what I should be doing different to get better lines! :3
wolvenlied Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
I like your lineart tip, I often go to slow and get wiggly lines ;)
TheGhostOfFreedom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Very nice tutorial. Thank you very much.

NiYaDo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008   Digital Artist
uuuuuu nice tutorial!!
waddayaknow Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, tutorials!!
Tsuki-Yuki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
that a pretty good tut....I might actually do something on PS .....
puinkey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Do I have to hold the pen upright ?
Nardhwen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
not really, you can do it however you feel most comfortable
Stormy-C Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
Great tutorial! It really helps; I'm new to tablets :) I can't figure out how to make the lines smoother though. They turn out really grainy. I'm using a Corel Painter program. Any suggestions?
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