Rotate your paper or tablet as you go.
You’ll create smoother lines by drawing strokes away from your body, not pulling your hand toward yourself as you draw. Case explains, “If you don’t rotate your canvas, your hand is going to get in the way of what your mind wants to put on the paper.”
Be mindful of resolution for digital line art.
It’s important to keep your line drawings crisp and unpixelated. Draw in high resolution, around 1200 to 600 DPI and if you need to size it down for print or the web, use the right interpolation method. For monochromatic art in Adobe Photoshop, using the “Nearest Neighbour” method is best. “It’s not going to add any grey between the white and the black,” says Case.
Get started with digital line art.
Create line sketches to learn how to draw and grow your skills in other styles of art, like graphic design. Plus, line art is a perfect starting point for coloured illustrations and watercolours. With digital watercolour brushes, you can add colour onto a new layer so it flows cleanly over or behind your lines. Adobe Fresco has every tool you need to dive into line drawing on a digital app. Make hundreds of sketches without a single piece of paper and try out different brush weights and textures.
Trace over sketches or photos in Fresco.
Work with layers to easily add line art over a sketch or photo. “You can grab a picture from Pinterest, paste it there, reduce the opacity and start another layer and sketch over it,” says Fernandez.
Try the Smoothing tool to steady your strokes.
Apply the Smoothing tool to your brush in Fresco to have the app autocorrect for a shaky hand. “You don’t need to be as precise with lines,” says Fernandez. “Because the tool guides your line and gives you more control.”