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Line Art Tutorial by YamPuff Line Art Tutorial by YamPuff
Alright, so in honor of my 50,000 kiriban I promised you all a tutorial and here it is! This is a look into the theory behind how I do my lineart. Take a look and maybe you'll find it helpful. Let me know your thoughts!

I would like to credit Tentopet: [link]
For her wonderful line wight tutorial which first introduced me to the idea of drawing with lines of various widths. Be sure to check her tutorial out!

Please keep in mind that the last drawing especially reflects my own personal style and technique in how I apply line width and is in no way the best or only to draw your lines. There are people who find the airbrush technique I like distracting, so a lot of it comes down to personal preference.

Feel free to download the tutorial for future reference or to add it to any tutorial clubs or groups, I'll accept straight away!

Thank you! :hug:
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:iconme987651:
me987651 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Interface Designer
i got a question

when do you first learn to draw on computer?
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not totally sure, like 6 years ago or so?
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:iconme987651:
me987651 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
thnx for the answer!
btw sorry i havent reply since a long time.
im too lazy and busy to check DA
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mzclark Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
just what i was looking for!! TY. I will use this and link you back :D
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YamPuff Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, have fun!
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sanislav Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial, helps me to make next step in improving my drawings. I have a very elementary, maybe even stupid sounding question, but I am a newbie, so - Is there something like variable-width pen(cil) ? Having traditional non-computer hardware in mind, since I know there are pressure-sensitive tablets for varying line widths :)
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I draw traditionally I use felt tip pens, Sakura Microns specifically and they draw at uniform width, what I do is I literally thicken the lines where I choose by either going over the line a few times or drawing a second line and filling in the space.
There are also brush-like pens and artists markers and such.
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sanislav Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Thanks for the tip, I will check out a local artist-store, hopefully they know what they are selling :)
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck!
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SilverCelestt777 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Extremely helpful!
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it was helpful for you! :)
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SilverCelestt777 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
When I finish colouring in the line art I'll show you my work :3
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, that'd be great!
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SilverCelestt777 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I didn't colour this one, but [link]
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute lineart! You might even want to consider submitting your lineart to lineart clubs to get your work around.
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SilverCelestt777 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Okay c:
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:iconjubs-color:
Jubs-Color Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial!! I liked! :la:
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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KiriRamdeo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey I just wanted to say thank you for the tips! I usually try to vary the thickness of my lines but I had the same problem where the sketch would look better than the inked lines. I never thought of doing it the way you showed with the hairtie. Thank you~
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YamPuff Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it was helpful to you!
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Shanyume Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what program and tools you use to do your line art?
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YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MangaStudio Ex 4.0, I use the pen tool at 1200 DPI. I also use Sakura Microns for my traditionally done linearts.
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Kaykayiscrazy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You brought out some really great points in this! Thank you so much for making this :heart: I'll use these techniques from now on =D
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it was helpful for you!
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justanyonearound Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Useful:)
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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justanyonearound Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
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VooDooHorror Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
your amazing ^_^
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you! :hug:
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FairyMela Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this!! :iconlachoirplz:
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcandycornlaplz:
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divafica Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, #Amatuer-Artists is looking for tutorials for our gallery. Would you like to submit?
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've accepted for the tut! :la:
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McJaews Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I always support tutorial makers since they're doing something to help others, out of nothing really but the goodness of their hearts.
However, I can't help but disagreeing a little on your last "after" lineart. The broken lines are broken in the place where they're the thickest and without any kind of tapering... You mentioned yourself earlier that it can work wonders on places there the lines get narrow, giving it a very wispy look. It comes off as very distracting to me, unfortunately, so for the purposes of the tutorial, I wouldn't recommend it. Maybe a quick poll could help finding out which style appeals the most to people.

Wonderful tutorial! Pleasant read:) I shall go forth!
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YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your crit!
The last pic your mention is meant to be more of a look into how I personally work with linearts, not so much as a how-to like the other tips. I know some people find my airbrushing a little distracting but it's a stylistic choice I personally like. I may edit the tutorial to clarify this point tho, so thanks!
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McJaews Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow:) I'm glad you reacted like that to my critique. I just had a conversation about crits on dA with a friend, and I was right in saying that constructive criticism is welcomed by the mature contributing artists of dA.
Thanks for your reply:)
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's a shame that people who can't take crits ruin it for people who want them because people get afraid to give constructive criticism.
No prob. :la:
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Visluz Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
:D You are wonderful, Yams. Your for sure have gain a lot of help from this.
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YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Gutbucket1968 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Awesome tutorial. Thank you. :)
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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LaviRini Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
this will help a loooooooooooooot! now i can post something!
btw
where are your glasses at the end?
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I took them off for, um maintenance and totally didn't forget to draw them? D:
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LaviRini Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
it happens hon
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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:iconlavirini:
LaviRini Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
si!
Bye Bye!
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paoxii Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank u so much for this tutorial
now i understand more about
line arts and how to do it better
thank u thank u for this awesome
tutorial ever with lots of help!! :iconloveloveplz:
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, glad I could help!
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paoxii Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tee hee yep u really did nyaa >3<
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Shadi-mei Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you YamPuff, this is exactly what I needed
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