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  1. #1
    beanarts's Avatar

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    Oct 2013
    Melbourne, Australia.

    Default Tapering lines traditionally?

    Now I know this is probably the wrong section, but because it's a pretty general question I figured it fits in "anything goes"

    This is purely for traditional illustration, because Illustrator and Photoshop have brushes for the most part for things like this. I'm wondering what's the best way, and best utensil to use to get a tapered line at the end of my strokes.

    I'm guessing it's something like a brush pen and using various degrees of pressure to get that tapering to a point. But some posters I've seen, such as Rhys Cooper's recent NIN posters, that tapering can get incredibly fine.

    How do you go about it? Is it just a case of a steady hand and taking your time? Or do you do all your "traditional" freehand drawing in photoshop so it looks like it's traditional hand work, but with the digital level of presicion.

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    Jan 2014


    Hi, how's it going? I am new here, but I thought I would throw in some info to see if it helps out.

    I guess everyone does it differently, but I either use a very fine brush and ink lines going from the thin end back into the black area that I am feathering, or sometimes I go the other way and feather outwards. Either way, I use one stroke per line.

    I actually use a pen for nearly all of my inking and when I do, I normal throw in a really fine 'guide' line and then do a line either side that tapers into it. This way I get really sharp lines with a really controlled taper.

    Coming at it from another angle, Michael Halbert's Youtube videos of pen inking/scraperboard techniques demonstrate what I am talking about. Kind of! Hope this helps in some way.
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