3. Inking



[1] Inking the character

■ 1. Preparing the pen

I’ll use the “Line pen” that I introduced in part 1 to ink the character.


The brush size is 4 pixels.

■ 2. Preparing the layers

I create a new layer in a new layer folder for the line art above the layer folder containing the rough draft.

■3. Inking the character

I’ll start by inking the main character.

While inking, I hide all rough draft layers except for the the layer with the character.

Note: You can toggle visibility of layers and layer folders by clicking the eye icon to the left of the layer.

<Using two windows side-by-side>

When drawing line art, I add another window from the [Window] menu > [Canvas] > [New Window] then arrange the two windows with [Window] menu > [Canvas] > [Tiled].

With this set-up, you can change the scale or flip the canvas separately in each window, and draw details while still seeing the overall balance.

<Rotating the canvas to draw angled lines>

When drawing angled objects, I use the rotate function in the [Navigator] palette so that the angle of the canvas is easier for me to draw.

[2] Inking the background

I basically draw the background in the same way as the character with the “Line pen”. The drawing is quite complicated in the background, so I draw each object on a separate layer. I also used some other tools and functions.

■ 1. Inking with decoration brushes

I draw a pattern of cloth on the back of the horse in the background merry-go-round.

I’ll use default decoration brushes included in CLIP STUDIO to draw the pattern.

I choose the [Decoration] > [Ruled line] group.

From this group, I select the [Waved line], then set the brush size to 12 and draw the fabric on the horse’s back.

Next, I select the [Bumpy] brush from the same group, then set the brush size to 15 and draw.

I also use the [Dashed line] brush to create an effect of stitching.

■2. Inking with figure tools

I select the [Figure] tool > [Direct draw] > [Curve] and [Straight line] tools to draw the stand beneath the horse.

I use the [Curve] tool for the main curves, and the [Straight line] tool for the sides.

It’s fine to just use the lines made by this tool, but I use the “Line pen” to make it look a bit rougher so that they don’t stand out among the other hand-drawn lines.

■3. Duplicating and transforming layers

I want to add another horse on the other side of the merry-go-round, so I use the “duplicate layer” shortcut key that registered before (Ctrl ]+ G) to duplicate the layer.

I shrink the duplicated layer “Horse Copy” so that it looks like it is at the back of the merry-go-round.

Using the [Edit] menu > [Transform] > [Scale up/Scale down/Rotate] tool (shortcut key: Ctrl + T), I scale down the layer to match the rough sketch lines. Then, I flip the layer horizontally using the icon in the [Tool Property] palette.

■4. Cleaning up the lines with layer masks

I draw the whale and duck on the merry-go-round.

Although you can remove the overlapping lines by erasing them, here I will use a [Layer Mask].

While selecting a layer with lines I want to mask, I select the “Create layer mask” icon at the bottom of the [Layer] palette. This creates a layer mask over the layer.

Note: Read the following article to learn more about layer masks.


When selecting the layer mask I made, I draw with transparent color over the parts I want to hide to mask those parts of the layer.

Now I’ve finished the line art. Some parts are slightly different from the rough draft.

The layer arrangement looks like this.


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