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    Line vs Value Process?

    Was wondering if anyone knew about the differences in the process of drawing, especially for character illustrations/art that I've noticed recently. Basically the differences between focusing on value or line art. Most start with a rough sketch but from there some people spend a lot of time on the line art and then put in flat color fills and then add value to the color vs spending time adding value to get the forms and then adding color. Was wondering if anyone has noticed differences in speed or if one method looks better in the beginning part of the processes vs the end? Or if there are any advantages to one or the other, I can't really tell when each one is used at the end image.

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    The best way is to do whatever works for you to get the end result you want.

    Really, everyone has different working methods, there is no one "best" way... And different methods will be better suited to different desired results. It's hard to recommend anything without knowing what exactly you're trying to achieve. (For instance, if you were going for painterly or photorealistic, that would call for a different approach than if you were going for cartoony/comic-style or cel-shading or something...)

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    Why "vs"? You can focus on one or both or on varying proportions of them.

    It's about being aware of the 3D form, not what kind of marks you are using. If you prefer to define the form structurally, focus on lines (including construction lines). If you prefer to define the form via lit planes, focus on values. Or mix the approaches as you see fit. All that matters is that you think of the form.

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