You're welcome.Well, that was more to the previous critiques, less to your mention about the lines... ANYWAY thanks for putting the time and effort into helping me, it's much more appreciated than you think.
Yeah. That was just an idea to get you out of the thick/thin line rut. Nice work there.Do you mean something like... this?LINES: You can experiment with taking size dynamics off the brush, and use just opacity dynamics for a while.
Now that you mentioned getting more control on the tablet, I hadn't considered what tools you were using. It seems tablets (and a Cintiq like I have) have problems with creating stable lines, so some people do just throw down really fast strokes to minimize the affect of wobbly lines. I've actually laid a plastic ruler down on my Cintiq and drawn lines with it that look zig-zag, even after trying very hard to create a precise ruled line. (This can be due to EF/magnetic interference, poor manufacturing and driver issues).
So the need to get crisp lines can lead to faster strokes, and faster strokes are definitely harder to control (obviously) in direction, length, and line quality.
There are software solutions for smoother lines, too, although I only know of one off the top of my head... Paint Tool Sai has a setting called "Stabilizer". It's right on the top toolbar. Increasing the setting allows you to create smoother lines without having to whip your arm all over the tablet. There's a delay, but at the lower settings it isn't as noticeable. Higher settings have a longer delay... you would have to find your personal preference there.
I'm sure there are other solutions for raster-based drawing, but I haven't searched for them. (Flash has stabilization... but it's vector based, of course).
In general I found that my line quality improved (especially in traditional art) after going to a good art academy where the initial focus was on construction and precise observation. It helped me get a more precise and fastidious mindset for cleaner and more expressive lines, although I still have a long way to go.
Continue with the life drawings, and add some cast drawings or still lifes if you can.
Ok, indulge me in one nice comment for you... I smiled at the DJ Stoat. It was a big smile.