OH I HATE LINEARTS TOO ESPECIALLY FOR BIG PICTURES that’s why sometimes there are periods I change my style because I’m too lazy to make a lineart (but if you do make a lineart, once you are half-way, you get a sense of accomplishment to keep going too so it’s not all bad though!).
I think the key point to making line arts look better are the “stronger/thicker” lines or the varied “thickness” of the line art.
(I’m still in AkaKuro repentance)
I edited this for the example.
Green circle: I usually put those “thicker lines” on those parts where shadow usually casts on the forehead. The other times, I don’t. But if you feel like it, you can put those thicker lines where the “curves” or “corners/turning area?” are.
Blue circle: I also make thicker lines for those parts I want to show different depth. Like for example, for the ERI (the collar). To kind of show it’s inverted, I cast a shadow on the parts to show that it’s standing up and not flat on the wearer. Same as the other blue circles. I put them to show how the clothing actually bends (where they go to).
Purple circle: I just get bored so easily so I also sometimes shade in those little parts with dark shadows.
Brown circle: To pop out an object, you can thicken the lineart of the said object like so.
Aaaaahhh anyway, I think looking at the picture will be better to understand than my description (。┰ω┰。). But anyway, the point is, to vary the thickness! At edges, at separate objects and at partitions (for example to separate the obi from the rest of the kimono, etc.). Oh but be careful too because you might make one object pop out too much. You should balance them out, don’t put too much thickness only on one side or one part (it might look like a cut-out).
Oh, I’m using the Pen Tool at around 89% opacity at the above picture.
If it’s a manga-esque thing like the Rakuzan + Kuroko one I’ve done when I started Tumblr, I go ahead and shade everything in the line art itself to make it more interesting. For the shading, I didn’t just slab the pen to make a flat shade, instead, I scribbled with a small brush. Sometimes I cheat and slab a big part, but I still leave some parts to be left for the small brush to scribble on.
I used 100% Pen Opacity here.
Lowering the opacity can make your line art look “softer”. One hundred percent makes it sharper.
My personal taste in line art is actually the not-so uniform one. So I do not practice “carefulness” when drawing line art, I just draw away and not care about it being perfect. I almost always draw above it anyway (when editing- and you can too- and if you make a mistake, you can always erase around it). This also lets me avoid the stress of having to draw perfect lines because I can never draw perfect lines. My hands shake like the ones holding the sushi in TV shows.
However, I care about it being “understandable* in a sense that you can tell one object apart from the other, and that’s where the line thickness will come in handy!
I also color my line arts to make them appear *softer*.
I color the line art of the eyebrows, jaw, eyelid, eyes most often. You can also see that in Kurokocchi above.
Ah, if you can see Akashi above, some linearts are drawn on a different layer. Sometimes, I add things after I’ve finished the picture and I just put them above the whole thing instead of erasing the previous lineart. It makes it easier for me to color that way because I’ll just select the outer side of the lineart and Inverse the selection to get the small objects. It also allows me to reposition the small objects however I want later on if I change my mind where I want them. This is also why sometimes I separate the layers for two characters standing side by side in case I get the wrong height difference. For the Aomine - Akashi picture, I separated Aomine and Akashi into two Groups where the lineart and the colors are all under their respective group.
Depending on the art, if I want to make the line art stand out more, I duplicate the layer and merge them together. That always works for me (in SAI) to make the line art darker and more prominent :D. Instant fix. I still color the line art after to pick out the parts I want to look “softer”.
Sometimes, I delete parts of the line art when I’m coloring like the fold lines, once I know how I want the fold to look. :D
If you want to make your life easier when you color, you can separate the layer you’ll put the shadows (in the lineart) so it will be easier to select the parts later on. I don’t do that because I hate having many layers (^w^;; ) ← makes life harder for self
These are the ones I can think of!
(((((((((((っ･ω･)っ (Don’t tell yourself you suck) ε=ε=┏(ﾟロﾟ;)┛
The last one is the probably the fastest method because I only have to color the parts using the Bucket Tool, organize them all under a single “Group” and shade the whole thing at one go with a layer that’s set on Multiply! :D And I only use one Grey color for that layer. Then I’ll just tweak and put Overlays to make the color the way I want it. It’s done within an hour (around 30 minutes).
I’m putting Kuroko because I’m still repenting for missing AkaKuro Week. Please forgive Tosaku m(_ _)m
The slow part is the background? Ah but for the Akashi (same with the Kuroko), I already made the background like a month ago for a different thing I never finished so I just reused the BG so it will not go to waste. :D But if the background is included (from nothing) and everything until the finishing part, the time easily stretches to about 3 hours.
Serious unresolved issues
Made by hellagaysportsmen
Know Your Place!! Akashi’s Kneeling Cushion
One of the prizes for a recent Jump competition. A reversible round cushion depicting Seirin vs Rakuzan.
[happy akakuro day [4/15]] & happy akakuro week ☆
Title: Good Morning
Rating: PG 13
Summary: The hell called ‘midterms’ and what it does to them.
Notes: I wanted to join AkaKuro week and well, here’s a little something to get me started - This is for akashikuroko & mosaku-k for introducing me and making me love these two. I apologize for any mischaracterisation that I may have done for these two but I hope you enjoy this bit of fluff.
Waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee is a sure way to know that Akashi’s up before you. You’ve always been a slow starter, your eyes opening slowly as the sunlight peeks through the corner of the shut-out blinds that make sure that your sleep isn’t disturbed.
AkaKuro Week: Day 2
The super unique/premium AkaKuro bouquet is here! ［Limited Edition］
Give one to that special AkaKuro shipper you love, in this beautiful week! ♥
Title: Bringing Guests Home
Summary: Another installation of crack Noragami!AU (http://basketballpoetsociety.tumblr.com/post/77577660487/challenge-no-59-noragami-akakuro), before Kuroko finds his Regalia, i.e. Murasakibara. In which Akashi comes home to chaos.
A/N: This is for mosaku-k. I wasn’t too sure what to write for you since I don’t know your preference much (aside from coughmasakashicough), so I stuck with the Noragami!AU which you mentioned you were okay with. It’s still stupidly crack-ish; I really hope you don’t mind it. Happy AkaKuro Week!
AHHH I love cracks. This fic makes me imagine them more to their middle school selves. They are so cute and Kuroko calling Akashi “Seijuurou san” just makes me faint. That’s so adorable. I’m always happy when the role someone sets on Akashi and Kuroko in crossovers are not the roles you expect them to be in (ah, but maybe because I’m very comfortable with Akashi uke). I love Akashi as the snarky, overachieving cat tailed half-ayakashi that drops his body everywhere. Kuroko as the seemingly fake unknown god busting in on Akashi’s life out of nowhere. XD It’s like their canon personalities exaggerated while being put in this supernatural world I love it. Akashi still being the captain and making Kuroko train and Kuroko STILL fainting and vomiting in a corner even as a god XD. Akashi investing his money on the research on Kurokocchi. XD Even while being an AU and full of lovely crack, you still managed to put some canon snips and bits into it. <3
Thank you so much, Sinamour san. This is more than I could ever ask for. <3
After a time of searching, they finally found it.
Akashi who tries to get back to the topic as if nothing happened.
Kuroko: "You look terrible."