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.


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.


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 [the Designer Starter Kit]. You just need to Sign up, and I will send you the guides.

After spending the last few weeks drawing on paper, it’s a great feel to go back on tablet. 🙂

Thanks for sending me your feedbacks. See you guys for the next Tip of the day !

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About The Author


Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )


  • Gary

    Reply Reply January 14, 2021

    Thank you so much, and it’s so great to have you post wonderful for beginner like me. Greatly Appreciated.

  • so nice that you put my question in your blog, i really appreciate it!!!! your advises are really helpful
    (im maxpower20)

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