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Drawing walkthough [PART 1] by agent-lapin Drawing walkthough [PART 1] by agent-lapin
This is not a "how to draw and do cool shit" thing


I USE PAINT TOOL SAI!
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments
, I'm not the best at explaining things because I do them a bit mindlessly, but I TRY HARD. Again, I'd like the remind that this is my own methods and this isnt like.... this isnt the only way to do things, and all the stuff I say is pretty much my opinion haha. 

I have also kept track of the time it took me in case anyone is interested. The TIME at the end of each part summarzies the time taken for that individual part, and not the time taken since the beginning (you would have to add them up for that). 
I hope you enjoy!

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I - SKETCH 

Single layer.

Anatomy and references - I'd just like to clarify that although I do not use references, I do recommend them if you have access to them, and if you know how to use them properly (I dont use them out of blockage - if I use some stock pose, I will only see the stock image through the finished drawing and it kind of makes me stiffen in my work). I was asked if I do anatomy studies, and to be honest I do in the sense that... I like drawing from pictures sometimes? But I never really focus entirely on anatomy only. I'm not someone who does tons of studies of things, I like observing and taking things in mentally instead. Like I said, I believe feeling right > looking right - concentrate on the flow and feeling of things more than the numerous anatomy theories floating around in your head and paralyzing you. 

Breaking down - A lot of people break things down into shapes when they draw (as do I when lacking pose ideas), and I think it's cool to see how everyone does it - but remember that adopting.. someone else's way of breaking things down might not benefit you as much as you think. Like, breaking things you see in your own way will further your understanding of what you're doing more. I am saying this because, I see so many people not really getting how to use random circles or squares to sketch, and that's okay? Take a step back and take a look instead of putting too much importance on the random, individual shapes. In the end I guess you'll realise that it doesnt matter as much as you think.

Accuracy - I dont bother myself with things looking on point. I know a lot of people fix their sketches over and over until they are perf, but in general I fix everything as I line (for example, the neck/shoulder line here) I do, however, do minor corrections - I recommend flipping the canvas or rotating it around in order to check on it. If you are struggling, taking a break and coming back later can help as it will maybe let you have a more refreshed look on the image~

Composition - I'm not here to tell you some composition theory or rules, mostly because I do not know them. BUT  i can tell you things I think would be good to keep in mind: overall balance, and focal point(s). Ask yourself if your image is balanced element wise - is one side heavier than the other, or is one kind of empty? (This also goes for color, later.) Focal point. What is it? Are you directing the gaze properly? Is something distracting or catching the eye a bit too much? Is it a placement issue? ~ you know.

Frames - I get asked a lot how I make these. To be honest, I do not know. I like to see them as feeding into the image thematically, so often the inspiration from them comes from the character, or things I read about the character, OR, just a selection of elements and symbols that I appreciate a lot. I dont use any kind of method or rules, it is more of a random thing that is added at random times (here, added all at once before the main details... other times, sometimes randomly blobbed at the end). I love flowers. 


II - LINEART

Two layers - Main lineart and "unofficial" lineart (green). New parts of the main lineart are done on new layers, then cleaned up and merged down to become one with the mass.

Brush settings - There are two brushes I use, though recently I've been using one more than the other. Pen tool: gyazo.com/1b509e749c25a534fc2e… , softer brush tool: gyazo.com/0d50c4cf96aa69af73ed…. The first is sharper so maybe cleaner, and is the default Pen tool with some fiddling. The second is an airbrush tool modified to work like a softer edged pentool~ In this walkthrough, I used the softer one.

Line Quality - Nice lineart = nice line quality = confidence in your strokes. Dont hesitate, go with your quick, long strokes, not your tiny dotty ones. CTRL+Z if it's not what you want. REPEAT!... as my method goes. Confidence rhymes with speed, meaning less of a shaky hand. If you are really shaky handed, SAI has a stabilizer "Smoothing" at the top here (gyazo.com/2dbb3a8fae6d3a6ceaef…), which can help smoothen your strokes. 

Clean lineart - I personally dont put much effort in cleanliness depending on the areas (the further away from the focal point it is, the less i care for little imperfections in the lineart). HOWEVER  if you are someone who does care, be sure to go in and clean up those little mistakes and extra lines you need to remove. It'll be worth it. 

Line weight - applying varied pressure to your strokes can give your lineart a more overall... niceness. to it. Thickness of lines can accentuate different sections. Use them wisely heheehehehhe.


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 [COMMISSION] Banana-Banshee by agent-lapin ; Next part: Drawing walkthrough [PART 2] by agent-lapin (Base colors).
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yuukipink Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have such a hard time with lineart. I use Sai tool but I find the brush tool works best for me. Maybe I will try your settings. ^_^
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pinksheepyunnie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I know what layer you use for lineart? Regular or the specific lineart layer?
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Regular!
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ShayGar Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student
*__* Saving all this for later. Thank you!
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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Biiboo-SHI Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, can you show setting to blur lines, colors? :3 
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to blur lines?? I dont use the blur tool here.

all my settings are in the description, if you would like to take a read first. Thanksss
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kawaii-alpacasso Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that three days grace reference made me so happy
i love you now
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All i've ever wanted in my life was your love
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x-SunnyMoon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci beaucoup! C'est exactement ce que je cherchais! J'adore votre méthode.
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
De rien!
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ayec Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
THREE DAYS GRACE REFERENCE OH YAH
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NOT TOO LATE-
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Hedrick-CS Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Merci pour ce long et complet step by step. Il est rare 'en voir des aussi détaillés! :)
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
De rien! <3
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Kermitthefrog223456 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
You're teaching us how to draw Ms. Fanservice?
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not teaching you how to draw, I'm explaining my process to people who care. 
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Kermitthefrog223456 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
OK then.
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful. thank you for share this sensei ^^
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np! 
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saphire644 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What are some tips to do a lineart better?
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Theyre all in the description box..
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saphire644 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I see. I was paying more attention to the Sketch part of the description so I missed it. Sorry!
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's alright!
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concretecute Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
it's not too late, it'S NEVER TOO LAATTEE, EVEN IF I SAAAY, IT'LL BEE ALLRIIGGhhhTT~
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
STILL I HEAR YOU SAYYYY YOU WANT TO END YOUR LIIIIFE
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concretecute Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
nOW AND AGAIN WE TRYYY TO JUST STAY ALIVE, MAYBE WE'LL TURN IT ALL AROUND CAUSE IT'S NOT TOO LATE, IT'S NEVER TOO LAATE
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL
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onisuu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
omgoshh i'm so excited to see your process!! cause your paintings are always so clean in the end ahhh I love it *7 *~~ so lineart is probably a key element for that!! *continues to next part* <3
thanks for compiling this!! the guide looks beautiful and neat and easy to read ; 7 ; )))) <333333
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! I'm pretty sure some cleaner people can do without the lineart rela good but wow i am a mess and i cant LOL ;_;
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onisuu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
daww! at least you have your method that works! ^Q^))) <3333
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Atleast! hahaha
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Brittany-M Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OTL /sob

These are helping me so much. Thank youuu
I'm finally loving my lines!

 It's so helpful to see the process behind such beautiful art!
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh thank you so much <333333
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MsMercuryLamp Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I just say that amazing artists like you taking the time to make tutorials is really kind. I appreciate the tips and tricks you have to offer (you're so admirable! *o*) So thank you for taking the time and effort to provide this helpful info to everyone c:
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh I really appreciate it ;_; To be honest I get frustrated often because people always ask me to make tutorials or things, but when i ask what they want, they hardly answer, and when i give it to them, there is hardly any feedback (which I do love knowing because I like to see if something is helpful or if I'm just wasting my time)
I appreciate it when people say thanks haha, SO THANK YOU!
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MsMercuryLamp Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry ;3; I know that feeling but the fact you do your best despite the lack of cooperation is kind. :)
You're very welcome! :D
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AliceCat33 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really cool to see the process!
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saphire644 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
omg okay when I use SAI and I do a lineart, when I want to change the colour it won't change. I tried using the filter and stuff, but like if I want to change from black to another colour, it won't work.
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okok so to change lineart color, you have to just.. drwa your lineart on a normal styled transparent layer, then lock said layer, then ctrl+F to fill it.

If that is what you do / if that dont work, let me know
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saphire644 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh thank you!
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Arbitrary-Means Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for white and black the color filters won't work but you could try an opacity lock or clipping mask :)
hope you don't mind advice from a stranger //shot
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saphire644 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ah actually I've tried them before, but because I meld the line-art with the colour, it doesn't turn out too great. Thanks for trying though :)
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saphire644 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
*update* Opacity lock is pretty good. Thank you!
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Flopa Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is so cool :3! I use SAI too!
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DaenyTargaryen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
... Omg, Alexia, did you break into a Three Days Grace moment there at the end? cx On a serious note, thanks for this~ I usually carry on the same way you do, but I ALWAYS use a ref. Mainly 'cause my anatomy's not good anymore. u3u Practice is all I need, I s'pose.
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agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MAYBE

+ Yeahhh, i just find using a ref (for a pose) like mega bothersome, I dont got time for both searching it up AND using it. Plus it makes me work look stiffer than usual. If i need help, id just go infront of a mirror and check things then come back and fix my problemos. 
I dont like having to rely on things heaily because i feel like it influences the way i myself see the final artwork at the end
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Sylvirae Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazing, and Im so glad you made a walkthrough ;n; I love to see the process behind such gorgeous art. <333
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:iconagent-lapin:
agent-lapin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Next part is soon~
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BossKdin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure if you already answered this, but which program do you use? Beautiful lineart btw
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