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    need to improve line work

    I've noticed in my work that my cross-contour or line drawings are terrible. I have trouble finding the essence of whatever it is I'm drawing/sketching and I understand that pencil mileage is the best way to learn, but I would like to know some of your favorite artists that favor line drawing for a little inspiration.

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    As someone suggested to me Glenn Vilppu

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    Who have you found so far that you like?

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    Botticelli, perhaps? Carl Larsson? Hergé? Hokusai? Ivan Bilibin?

    I guess it depends what you have in mind.

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    Mucha, perhaps?

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    I've recently fallen in love with the work of Korean comic artist Kim Jung Gi. It might fit what you're looking for.

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    If you posted samples of your line work and samples from other artists of what you want to be able to do, I could tell you how to practice.

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    the line drawings are more for under paintings, but I think I would have an easier time painting if my lines showed more form or volume.

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    Although I'm really liking Kim Jung Gi

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    It looks like you don't understand how to draw form/volume yet. You should practice observational drawing - not just people, but objects as well. Try and actually draw the cross-contour around them to describe the surface. Studying photos and other artists' work is a great supplement, too. (Are you going into animation? Just wondering, with the Milt Kahl and John Lounsbery drawings.)

    I also admit to being biased against tablets - I still can't draw on the darn things. That, and a pencil doesn't require any set-up other than sharpening.

    One of my favorite Artists is JC Leyendecker.

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    @Alice Herring thanks for the advice and no I'm not going into animation I just like the energy they are able to create with their characters. Personally, id rather watch the pencil tests than the painted characters, but to watch a full length feature might be a little too much if it wasn't painted.

    and the tablet is a bit slippery

    thanks again

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    Nothing like the feeling and control of working in pencil for
    sketching and drawing. Still beats a tablet. Sketching
    on the PC is a chore in comparison.

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    1. Get more practice structural drawing, and the four fundamentals: structure, perspective, anatomy, lighting. If your rough sketch looks like that, quality of line is quite low on your priority list - and painting likewise. Train your awareness of form first; line will follow.

    2. Work on paper, not digitally. Drawing with a tablet is much harder than doing it with a pencil.

    You have your work cut for you for at least six months. Good luck.

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