I must say that still not know how they make this lineart is, a few days ago, I got my first pen tablet (To be more exact, a Wacom Bamboo Capture) and try to learn to do such things as art is my passion. Whenever I draw looking at the style of painting you do, I always liked your style. Noting many tutorials, I have the idea that you use the "Easy Paint Tool SAI", I use that too, but I really like the "MyPaint". I tried more than 8 programs for drawing, but I realized that there is no question the program, if not the who paints. Someday, you should make a video tutorial for novices like me.
If you are not already doing it, try to use your whole arm for drawing the lines instead of just the wrist - that way you can make those long smooth lines. (the dampening in paint tool sai should help too ) Also, once you have the rough sketch done, draw the clean lines on a new layer and zoom in if necessary to better draw the lines.
I'm trying to see if I can actually get colors to work with my drawings, but when I do they look... strange to me. Like not what I've pictured in my head. And the way I see it: This drawing was line art, then colored. Will turning my sketches into line art help? And is there a way to incorporate colors and shadows with the drawings?
Sorry if this is too long for you to read, I just really want to draw how I do on paper on computer.
When painting something, find a colored picture with a color scheme that resembles what you want to paint, and sample the colors from it. That way you know that the colors that you use will work together (better that if you try to guess/pick them from the color palette).
As for the painting, try to fill in the colors with a broader brush (with pressure driven transparency) instead of a thin brush and a flood-fill.
If it helps you, then yes, make a non-colored version first, and add the colors later.
Thank you sooooo much for the reply! This will certainly help me. And as for the program I have: I have Auto-desk Sketchbook Express 2011 as well as Adobe Photoshop elements. In your opinion, should I try using Photoshop with the painting or Sketchbook?
I have not used either of them so I can't give you too much advice there. The important thing is that you have layers and basic blend modes for them (like multiply). It is also useful that you have enough options to set up the brushes - transparency and size driven by the pen pressure.
Since elements has some things relative to Photoshop I can defiantly use the transparency, brush sizes, and blend modes. But I haven't found the mask mode on it. I've read in some tutorial books that I've had for awhile that layers help set each part of the picture apart from other parts. Like hair, clothes, skin, etc. So thanks again.
I...wow. Amazing. Just...amazing. This is, without a doubt, the best Babs, Spoon, and Diamond trio picture. It also reminds me of one of my favorite songs, "Bad", by Michael Jackson. All of my wants and faves go to you.