etonnement said: Good advice! I wanted to comment, expensive also often means more temperamental and narrow in ability. My suggestion to artists trying to find where their hand is in line art is use ballpoints, exploring what kind of pressure range and use they're drawn to. Only graduate to new tools as soon as you are limited by the ones you have, because the tools can shape your development. It's incredibly useful to be limited by them while you're learning.
Anonymous said: Do I need an expensive art pen to get good lineart or would any pen be good enough?
Line quality can vary from brand to brand, and expensive isn’t always the best.
I’ve never had a problem with Sharpie or Staedtler products. I’m not sure if they’re considered expensive, but my local Wall mart carries them, so they’re what’s available. fine point marker pens/fineliners are great for inking.
For me, Good lines depend more on the paper than pens… Shelling out a few extra bucks for some decent bristol board is usually worth it… I like to work on Canson bristol smooth. On Strathmore, lines bleed like crazy… your results may vary, tho.
I use Sharpies quite a bit and they’re great as long as you take into account that the ink bleeds (spreads). The ink bleeds slightly sideways and it definitely bleeds down through the page. I put scrap paper under my sketchbook page.
You don’t need expensive pens, it just depends on what you are comfortable with. Not a good idea to spend a ton of money on something you might not even like. So start small and common? Move up if you need to.ignore pecaulateagoatviciously
I bought the extra fine sharpie and even that isn’t thin enough for me…. xD
combustiblelemonss said: do you have any tuts/books/anything about lineart? i wanna make it look more clean but i always end doing sketchy lines
Sketchy lines are usually caused by making many short strokes. You need to practice making your strokes longer.
It helps to map out points where you know you want your line to fall. Also, “ghosting” over your lines before actually laying them down onto the paper gives your hand a chance to get used to the line you’re about to draw.