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5 Ways Line-Art Makes You a Better Artist.

5 Ways Line-Art Makes You a Better Artist.

Art school or any art/design program focuses a lot on the fundamentals of visual art communications and while these fundamentals from color theory to values and shapes help you as an artist build a strong foundation it sometimes skips over some other basic steps to advanced as an artist. It's shocking sometimes how schools or university programs kinda skip parts really vital to your success as an artist from program/software essential knowledge or what industry standard practices or best workflow methods to follow leaving a recent art grad feeling not feeling great yet, there is always the internet to the rescue here.

Line art is probably so basic, but yet I've seen many people struggle to keep a clean artwork to transfer to digital. While drawing tablets prove to be so helpful and drawing apps on phones help I still see a lot of the fundamentals not being used in either format. Here are five helpful tips to make you a better artist with 5 great tips on line-art.


5. Line-art helps makes things clear.

It's pretty much the most basic thing in all of the art fundamentals. While line-art helps with the shape and proportion of the drawing subject its not to be confused with sketching. Sketching is meant to be free and liberating and made to be messy and non-restricted in all forms. Line artist meant to make the messy illustration into a more clear and cleaned up version.


4. Drawing the perfect line-art drawing is impossible, but drawing the perfect line isn't.

Probably one of the reason why people don't clean up their sketches into a clean line art is simply because they feel like making it a straight line or a smooth one is impossible. While it seems vector formats or using rulers are the only way to draw straight lines it's not true. Before computers, many artist and designers had this challenge even with a ruler there is room for error. Dividing up sections of the drawing to make a series of straight or smooth curved lines is possible. The shorter the line distance the most likely you can draw it straight. The longer the line is the most likely it will not be as good. Please keep in mind drawing styles influences a lot of what perfection is. 


3. Thickness and boldness make good art into amazing art.

Now that you got your sketch cleaned up and your line-art looking smooth it seems like the next step is to color right? Hold on. While the outline or skeleton of the drawing subject looks good it's missing a few things, with depth and scale playing a part here a few things may need to be scaled down or to be more precise. The lines need to shrink or be thicker to show these traits. This small step helps make the image whole.


2. Editing becomes easy

Many people get frustrated with drawing because even though they got values, gradient, and color theory down it's their lack of sketching and line-art that makes them feel like bad artists. But this shouldn't be the case. With the clean line-art, smooth and thickness/value dialed up to were you want it to be. The drawing is ready to be colored, add values/gradients, texture, etc. This is were you can experiment trial and error in your style. 


1. Perfection is whatever you want it to be, but perfect line art is a clean art.

What makes art good? Well that is a whole other topics spanning many art movements and history era moments too much to covered in this section, but line art isn't meant to be perfect to realism nor to cartoons or comics. It's meant to be clean and smooth. Despite computers and bézier curves tools like the pen tool or brushes in a drawing program it's still very much possible for messy art. I'm not referring to the style, but the production part of it. Line art basics are meant to make you an overall better artist. Line art has taught you how to properly layer a drawing steps and how to clean it up and when to add bolder line to help make the depth/scale more significant. Line art isn't meant to be what defines your style it's meant to help keep your style or drawing clean looking more presentable and making the art better. 
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