In my art class this is a
In my art class this is a question that comes up a lot. It's a key aspect of many linear illustration traditions including comics art, as well as older forms of art that inform them. A lot of artists starting out wonder about what to use it for and when. And it common for the unorganized, haphazard accidental use of it to give our work a less polished feeling.
That's not all good or bad, in my own work i like a bit of organic noise, messiness. That can in part come from some randomness in my line values. Sometimes I'm much more polished and clean. And part of that is making sure the reasons behind the line weights are very consistent and follow a specific set of style guides, rules. "If when, then this". but in a lot of my more personal or intimate work i relax that, to give it what i think is a bit more of an intimate feeling.
I attempt here to go over some the basic foundational reasoning behind what line weight can do, and how it impacts the work. Let me know in the comments what you think!
Also you'll find more examples of my own work, applying it in different ways here.
In particular look at this examples for some very different approaches. Here, the contour line is very constant. it gives the hand a graphic frame, helping to pop it out of the white background.
Here i've used heavy raw brushy lines, to help give the figure a chunky but still expressive look
This one is an illustration for a neurology science journal, so i used a very clean line, with a fair bit of variation for elegance.
On this car, we have lost line highlights, finer lines in the distance for the front hood, and clean but brushy feeling to try to balance mechanical slick with a bit of warmth.
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When you say the line should be varied in time with the curvature do you mean for example that there should be maybe a pattern to the thickness of the curve? Like at the apex of each curve it is thickest maybe?
Thank you so much for this video! I'm trying to improve on my line weight in illustration and this gave me some solid, actionable advice. :)
SUPER useful! Thank you!
thank you so much!
This video for teachers
This video for teachers and students of comics goes over the basics of graphic weight in comics and graphic novels. Follow me for more videos in the "Basics" series that drop each Wednesday morn.
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Line thickness and weight,
Line thickness and weight, composition, panel layout, camera angles, and confidence.
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Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDxW3...
A new video in the How to Make Webtoon and Comics series. I go over some tips and guidelines for creating your line work for your comics. This ties in pretty closely with my "Panel Layout and Thumbnailing" video so check that out at https://youtu.be/qOp7cfyhn0g
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File Setup - https://youtu.be/gRYMdNp1dog
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Layout and Thumbnail - https://youtu.be/qOp7cfyhn0g
Line Art - https://youtu.be/xlnuUBEVMtg
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This is an amazing video for beginners like me! Thank you so much for this!
I like to think that Walter's hair is an entity of its own.
Wow, this is interesting.
technicals please. those are super helpfull.
still images is good. whatever is easiest for you. THANKS!