hey, mangosenpai, if you don't mind me asking, how do you have your lineart have so many colors? Is there a trick to coloring lines? :0
It’s easy! I draw my lineart freehand on sai, so my lineart layer is always transparent by default. Knowing that, I just use Opacity Lock to lock all the transparent pixels!
Make sure the lineart layer has that little square checked-
I tend to have the colors I want to use handy. Once the layer is locked, I start coloring the lines slowly and carefully-
And I keep this up until everything I want colored is finished-
And that’s it! I actually color my lines AFTER I finish my base colors/shading so I can see exactly what colors I can use to make them stand out.
If you scan your lineart, however, it’s not transparent by default and unless you do some other things to make it transparent (I never scan lineart so I can’t tell you how to do this, sorry!), opacity lock won’t work the way you want it to-
So, what you can do, if you’re lazy like me and don’t care to make the lineart transparent, is just make a new layer on TOP of your lineart and set it to screen like so-
And just color your lines on that layer! Make sure when you’re ABSOLUTELY DONE to merge the coloring layer with the lineart layer so when you set the lineart layer to multiply (so you can actually apply your base colors), your base colors won’t look weird.
Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.
1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point
Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.
Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.
And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.
If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.
For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.
Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.
it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here
I'm not sure if you have already answered this or not (Im kina of new to the art stuff) but what art program do you use if you dont mind me asking
I personally love using SAI because of the line stabilizer that Photoshop lacks. It’s also a lot lighter and doesn’t eat all my ram when it’s on. Although, I do like using Photoshop for special effects and other things SAI can’t do when I’m making prints for artist alleys!