6 Tips to improve your quality of lines |TIP97

“Maxpower20” asked me if I would have any advise on How to improve the line quality. I think it could be helpful to share the info with all of you.

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I did this sketch on Photoshop with the Wacom Cintiq 22HD. I started it with the pen pressure activated. Then, I deactivated it to bold some lines.
Click here to see how to activate/deactivate the pen pressure.

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The advices below concern both drawing with a traditional pen and digital as well. Let’s look at the top 6 Tips !

1| Trace lines with a regular speed
The speed can’t be too slow, and doesn’t need to be fast. A normal speed is enough to give dynamic lines.

2| Use the ghost drawing as often as needed
Simulating the movement before tracing the lines.

3| Start and finish well each line
Don’t lift your pen tip as long as your line is not finished. Keep that for exceptions.

4| Draw with your feel
Remember that you draw a sketch, not a blueprint.

5| Start a sketch with a light pressure
Don’t try to get 100% perfect lines from start. Draw them very lightly, then adjust them with bolder lines. You can click here for a tutorial on How to make lively lines.

6| Train at drawing with a Ballpoint Pen
It’s good to practice without pencil neither eraser. You will multiply the number of sketches and attempt but also taking the good habit to think better before drawing. You will soon gain in accuracy, and need to adjust your lines lesser and lesser.  You can click here to know more about using the Ball point pen itself.

Bonus| Get [the Designer Starter Kit] to gain in precision
To gain in precision, there is some information about the body posture, the right way to hold a pen and also some exercises on how to draw straight lines, perfect circles… from