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    Do you guys feel discouraged when you turn off your linework?

    As in, e.g: you're painting in photoshop, and you drew all these tight linework, after which you then proceed to fill it in with color and start painting.

    30 mins to 1.5 hrs later, you turn off the linework and see everything is a complete mess (though it looks totally readable and good with the linework turned on).
    This happens to me everytime and I just go "oohhhh......"

    Anyone with similar feelings? LOL

    It's not so bad with still lifes and environments, but characters, especially faces..........arghhh!

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    No, not really.

    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/line-removal-pt-1/

    http://www.ctrlpaint.com/line-removal-pt-2/


    Drawing is done in stages, there's always going to be an "ugly phase" where you need to figure things out.

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    I usually set the lines to 30% opacity and then block in all the local colors underneath. Then I start painting on top of it until I feel confident enough about merging all the layers. Might as well get the lines out of the way early if you're not going to be using them in the final artwork. Works for me, at least.

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    I don't usually make a detailed line drawing and then paint under it, I just jump into carving out shapes with the brush, the same way that I do with acrylic paint. So it always looks blobby and appalling to start, and then progressively gets better.

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    Doing some paintings in traditional media is a good way to break your dependence on the linework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon_OND View Post
    you turn off the linework and see everything is a complete mess
    happens but shouldnt. and it shows that your valuestatement is probably not as strong as you thought with lines turned on. also... line work creates edges and value, you should get the working areas into your painting accordingly.

    [edit] thats why i generally paint OVER instead of UNDER any linework (except blocking in broad passages).

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    If I start with a line-drawings, what I'll do after blocking in, is to make a new layer and paint right over the top of the lines.
    This way I'm merging the lines and paint together, rather than treating them as separate parts. Of course, this is only if I intend the final work to not show obvious line-work.

    You could also try setting the line on really low opacity.

    There's no correct technique. Keep experimenting.

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    It has happened to me before, so I try to get rid of linework ASAP now. I guess the best option is keep it loose and messy and then quickly jump to shapes.

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    I usually just jump into painting. I tend to only use one layer and if I create more I merge them as soon as I like the result.

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