Tips for better line art





Today I'm going to show you a few tips with which you can increase the quality enormously. These come from the traditional art of drawing. Most pen tablets, however, do not transfer your lines with 100 percent accuracy.


ClipStudioPaint has a few tools you can use to fix these problems. I'll show you how they work! :)


The pace is a key factor.

Don't draw your lines too quickly - elderly beginners love to distribute their lines explosively on the canvas and reach incredible speeds.

The loss of control, however, is also enormous and successful lines are at best lucky hits

But you shouldn't be too slow either, because slow hand movements make each of us feel a slight tremor in our hands. This is a completely normal process and is called a physiological tremor.

In the case of graphics tablets and pen displays, this effect is reinforced again depending on the device. More on that in a moment ...


Also think about the direction in which you draw your lines. Professionals draw the lines towards or away from the body ...

... and rotate the screen, if necessary - [CTRL + SHIFT + Scroll up / down]

Going from..going to

Try to imagine the origin and end point of a line and let the line arise along these coordinates.

Be aware that essentially only straight lines, c-curves and S-curve lines are used.

This principle goes hand in hand with knowing the range of your lines. Because different versions are required here.

You can draw short lines from the wrist, medium lines from the forearm and large ones from the shoulder.

Countable lines

The fewer lines, the more understanding there is about the subject and the more expressive the overall picture - if it seems impossible to you to divide your subject into a few lines because you don't know which game is best represented as a straight or curve, where a game is has its origin and its end, you must first gain knowledge of your subject.

Optimizing ClipStudioPaint for your pen tablet - introduction

If you implement the tips mentioned above, it is still possible that your lines are displayed incorrectly in ClipStudioPaint. This is often due to your pen tablets. This is how you can correct the errors of your pen tablets with ClipStudioPaints software magic.

Reduce pen jitter

Many pen displays and graphics tablets send slightly blurred lines to your graphics program despite their delicate lines. Now, of course, the question arises: to what extent is the graphics tablet or the artist responsible for these blurring?



You can find out with the ruler test: Draw a line from a ruler on your pen tablet and if this line is still slightly blurred, it is really because of your pen display.

You can counteract this in ClipStudioPaint by increasing the value for stabilization - there are external applications for graphics programs without a stabilizer - you can also use the ruler test to determine how high you should set the value for stabilization.

Pressure Sensitivity

It is just as important to calibrate the Pressure Sensitivity.

Pressure sensitivity means the interpretation of weak to strong pen pressure. In the graphics program you can assign various parameters to this input.

For example, you can set your line to become thicker when you press harder or whether your opacity increases with higher pen pressure.

Now, of course, your pen display may not be entirely accurate here either, so you have to press it down extremely hard to achieve maximum opacity.

You can compensate for this in ClipStudioPaint using the Pressure Curve.

To do this, call up Opacity Dynamics (Tool Property> Opacity Dynamics) and tick Pen Pressure

The output axis describes when we have reached the maximum value of the parameter. In this case it means 100% opacity. The axis pen pressure shows how much pressure this value is reached.


If you have to exert too much pressure to achieve the maximum value of the opacity, you have to set the end of the curve on the pen pressure axis to a value below 100%. E.g. 75 percent.


To do this, we create two control points by clicking into the curve and pulling them together at 75% pen pressure. Now we achieve maximum opacity with less imprint.


But what if the pen input is interpreted too gently, so you already achieve maximum opacity with little print?

In this case you can model the pressure curve as follows and lo and behold, the opacity behaves as it should:

The minimum value

And last but not least, a tip. No pen achieves a strength of 0 or 1%. If you don't want your artwork to look too digital, you should set the minimum value to, for example, 30% of the maximum value in the Brushsize Dynamics [Tool Property> Brush Size Dynamic].

I hope that was helpful and see you next video :)



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