Thought I could share my thoughts and tips, since my main focus right while I work nowadays, is based on shapes. Maybe some of you would find this helpful too?
Let’s start with this scibbly little fox, that I doodled during one of my coffee breaks. It’s super tiny, and would fit on a post -it.
Here’s how I usually did the line art
I went ahead and created a new empty layer. Then simply drew the lines on top of the scribble. I know many amazing artists who could do this in their sleep, and the line art will turn out perfect every time. Well, I am not one of those artists, hehe… I’m never happy with the line art at this stage. The shapes and roportions aren’t as good as in the initial scribble, and I end up in a never ending loop of fixing mistakes, during the rendering stage.
Instead, I skip this step for now, and focus entirely on the overall silhouette
Here’s what I meant with starting outside, and to work inwards. I correct the shapes, remove tangents, and polish everything until I got something that I really like.
I check my shapes against the scribble all the time, since I already solved lots of things at that stage already.
Allright. Now I have a silhouette that I feel content with, and a nice foundation to start with the actual line art.
Here’s the final line art! Big difference compared to that first attempt.
You can save so much time this way, even though it feels like such an obvious tip. It took me a while before I started connecting the dots. Better late than never!