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Inking in Sketchbook Pro by Robaato Inking in Sketchbook Pro by Robaato
So a few of you have been inspired to try Sketchbook Pro out after watching me use it in my recent streams on BlogTV. Some of ya'll wanted to know my ink brush settings. Not that it really matters, because the way these settings are may or may not work for you, as we all draw differently.

I line with etched strokes, while someone else may just do one full sweep. Just a lil' disclaimer there. So don't go off feeling like you're crazy and can't pull off the linework like I can. You probably simply just can't.

I inked a while back while practicing, but I now decided to shed some insight on the brush i use for drawing and sketching digitally.


:star:For sketches, I simply adjust my spacing a bit higher to give that digital sketch "look". Where as when I'm doing lineart, I work with less spacing so my strokes are more rich.

:star:When doing sketches, I pick a gray color. Please remember that if you want to emulate this, picking straight black won't give that "sketchy" look. On the upside though, if you do sketch with a straight black color, it will give your work a "finished lineart" look.

:star: Remember to adjust the size accordingly. Changing the size quickly in the brush changer WILL NOT affect any of your brush settings other than the size. So if you need heavier lines, feel free to just change the size. Or you can be like me and just etch the weight in. :)

:star:You can click DOWNLOAD or and see the actual ink strokes, as you can see it really isn't all that perfect and neat. When you're going for the intended finished look, you'll learn you don't have to be all detailed on certain areas when up close.

Also, that Chun Li isn't HIGH Hi-Rez, but it's big enough for the color-heads to attempt to color. Feel free. ^___^

Will be posting another tip thingo in a few about posing and using shapes.

TOOLS: Sketchbook Pro 2011/Cintiq12WX

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Tefonline Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx for the config pen :) Very good draw :)
Kairensintal Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really bad at drwaing outlines with the tablet, I need hours to polish them up. This looks very helpful for solving my problem =D
BoundLightning Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been looking for some good properties for lining in Sketchbook and this looks like a good set up to try. :)
X-AllThatMatters-X Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Did you drew It on Tablet Or With A Wacom!?
FateZerofangirl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Artist
Do you use Sketchbook Pro on your artworks??And how do you do it??Do you draw straight in the program or in a paper then edit it on Sketchbook Pro??
Sorry for the many questions!!But I hope they'll get answered!Thank you!! :)
Taichi-Okami Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this help's so much! :D (Big Grin) 
MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   General Artist
Shirowe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tips
jetlace Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this-! I didn't realize there were so many options for some brushes ^^
Koui Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've got no problem with my own brush work, but I can't seem to get the line quality I want.

I think I'll try this brush out , looks fabulous! =]
mrmayortheiv Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Out of curiosity, what size canvas do you usually work with? I have played around with several sizes and not necessarily been happy with them,
WilliamDettrey Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This brush setting is actually working out great for me. Thanks for sharing! :)
Robaato Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Glad you've gotten something out of this! :)
Grinder40 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student
estos resultados son excelentes...
QuirkyOwl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student Writer
This is an excellent brush! I was really struggling with SBP, but after just moments of using this brush, everything looks 10 times better!
SaphronIX Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your approach to lineart helped me improve a lot. I was wondering how to draw smoothly in Sketchbook and this definitely helped! How long does something like this take you? I know it'd take longer with a normal tablet like I've got as opposed to a Cintiq of any size, but it feels like it's taking me an abnormally long time. I just started using a tablet after all, but still I get the feeling there's a faster way to get it done.

Do you finalize things are you go and then briefly go back and fix thing later? Or do you do two or more passes kind of hammering it all out as you go through layers or something?

Thanks for reading this! ;)
TheMagicLawnMower Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thx for the tips
EPBJewelry Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I love you! This brush works amazing for me, not quite there with clean inking yet but very, very awesome for sketching, drawing hair, and especially hatching! Thank you so much! :hug:
adejesus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks I just made this brush I will try it out after work tonight. How did you get the "R" icon at the to instead of the slider icon?
kokido Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
*steals these settings*
RealityRewind Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student General Artist
What type of brush are you using? (Airbrush, pencil, ect. )
roknin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Trying to ink in Sketchbook pro myself now, really interested in nailing it l there and just doing touch-ups in PSCS3. This info will definitely help get me started, thanks! :nod:
darkwan75 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Thanks for this man. I'm at work right now so I can't try these brush settings out. :( When I get home it's on for sure. I use the same setup as you! (Cintiq 12wx and SBP 2011). I'll let you know if this works. The built in pencil is alright but man it really sucks for the kind of inking I wanna do.
EddieD0129 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
How would this work in Photoshop?
Do you use a table or a mouse?
drucpec Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
very informative!
JDMagee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
ooooooooo....... this helped me out SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i ink the same way (terribly mind you but i also etch) i usually start out with a .5 or 1 pen and work my way up... the problem i always had with "real" inking was that the color lays down too dark too soon. and adjusting the opacity with pressure was just the ticket for this!! i modified the light opacity and reduced the size a bit, but for me this was definitely a point into the right direction! thanks!!
Augustyne Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Will you join my group it is for SketchbookPRO users. It is called: SketchyPROs
CPT-HAZE Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Just a question, this is the inking brush, did you make a tutorial for the sketch brush?
Dreamslayer1 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
FINALY SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY GIVES PRECISE detail on how to get this. one question:is there any specific detail about the smaller grey lines you got here aswell? I know its specific but hence why i like it:D the gray small lines(on the right inked chun li part of your picture here) just the same detail but smaller brush size?

if anyone else knows feel free to explain
ratcabob Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks much. :)
BlackDistraction Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, I'll have to try this =3
Jakd-Nexus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
nvr mind i figured it out!
Jakd-Nexus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
how do you get to these type of advanced brush settings in Autodesk sketckbook pro?
Robaato Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just double click on your brush in the brush palette.
Jakd-Nexus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
i tried it. all i got were the attributes for changing the size and ink opacity.
Pantaleon02 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here :/
ksh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks for this. I'm new to SketchBook Pro and am learning to love it, and these brush settings are definitely a help.
Wicked-Animation Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Love the work.
You have mastered Sketchbook Pro.
I'm just starting to use it myself.
Any other tips to share with a newbie....
delaronde Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sweet thanks for sharing the info for Sketchbook Pro mate!


Jean Claude
Bakus-design Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   Digital Artist
I think that config dsnt work the same with wacom bamboo :/
Robaato Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It should work... It really has nothing at all to do with Tablet settings, but actually SBP itself. Like I said, the way I use the stylus is different from the way anybody else may use it, so it may require a bit of tweaking on your part. :)
Bakus-design Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011   Digital Artist
true :) great artwork btw ;)
ayame18 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I like Sketchbook Pro, it's really nice. :)
I like how it performs as well. I hope to use it one day.
Robaato Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sketchbook Pro is the best for me. :D
ayame18 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't have a favorite program, but I do like Gimp or Corel Painter. I want to try SB Pro to see if it'll work for me. :)
Margenal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sketchbook pro? never heard of it, what does it make it better than potoshop?

More focused about drawings?
FeralDrive Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does Sketchbook Pro have any kind of line smoothing like Illustrator and ArtRage do? I have shaky hands and like it that some software allows me to set the degree of autosmoothing so I can get beautiful curved lines without too many tries/undos. I know this can be overused but I was just wondering if it was an option for this software. Thanks.
Robaato Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, it doesn't have that feature in it. So if you're looking mainly for that, then it may not be the software for you. However, the stroke response in Sketchbook Pro is really good, even for shaky hands.
King-Kaz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Wow, it takes a lot to master the Cintiq since my cousin told me it takes time to master it in sketching. I actually use Photoshop for sketching and its really difficult controlling the strokes, maybe I am a paper and pencil person.

Anyways, Im moving to a Tablet PC since my fave art software are compatible in Windows..^^;
Tree-ink Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Found it Rob!thanks :love: :iconvictorydanceplz: :iconisaydanceplz:
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