A little progress animation of this wind-down-for-bed last night, I remembered to take screenshots. I like to listen to certain songs on repeat and draw things without worrying about them too much. It’s nice to do lighthearted things. When working with lines I almost always choose to ink by hand and scan them in for colors later, I just find I am able to produce the lines more quickly. Digital line work tempts me to zoom in and overcorrect tiny details that no one but me would see. It really is the Achilles’ heel for a lot of artists who are interested in coloring digitally but dread the line art.
There are a couple of different ways to do line art. If you like super clean coloring book style line art (which I tend to favor) you can use .02-.03 micron pens to outline the sketch then carefully go in and add line variation to the areas you want. This gives you maximum OCD control. You can also run a live trace on this kind of line in Illustrator to give it a super clean vector look. Alternatively, you can use little paintbrushes with ink or even these awesome ink pens to give it a brushier and more forgiving, organic feel.
Both are great depending on what you want to do!
I love beluga whales’ derpy little faces. <3