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GIMP The Complete Lineart Tutorial (2.6) by TheBlackBullets GIMP The Complete Lineart Tutorial (2.6) by TheBlackBullets
I'm still learning how to use GIMP's pen tool, myself, and I wanted to show what I've learned so far.

I had such a problem figuring out how to do curved lines, and I could not for my life find a tutorial that would help. So I made my own.

If I'm not much of a help, then trace your own artwork for practice. That helped me so much.

I wasn't expecting the Pepper line to look like that...
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sadmac356 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I like the small "Yes," at the end.
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Vanillex33 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
thanks, man! Taiga Aisaka (Blush) [V1] 
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xilenobody143 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
help pls. 

okay so i downloaded gimp not long ago and i've noticed a few difference in the pen tool's "tool options" i dont have that brush dynamic with the grid type where you can just select options, like so 

help me understand Waaaah! 
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU'RE IN THE WRONG TUTORIAL!!! THIS IS FOR 2.6 NOT 2.8!!! THIS IS THE ONE FOR 2.8: theblackbullets.deviantart.com… :lol:
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xilenobody143 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh! i knew that something was up
sorry i thought that all of the gimp versions are all one and the sameSweating a little... 
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ItsPeevesington Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually freaking awesome. I have a lot of difficulty trying to do nice drawings as I use my touchpad to do it all and it all turns out wobbly. This is very useful, thanking you!
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Jcwoody Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Holy crap, just when I thought I would need to go out and buy a tablet, I found this. Thanks a ton, I was always under the impression that doing digital art via touchpad was impossible.
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stubborninsomniac Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
i've got 2.8, but thank you thank you thank you, for the tutorial. i didn't know what that stupid icon was supposed to do and i spent a frustrating time trying to figure it out
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a tut on 2.8 now, and you're welcome.
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i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
That 'yes' at the bottom xD
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering if anyone was going to notice that. :paranoid:
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i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I did xD
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rapperfree Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool! some parts on this tutorial can apply to photoshop too ^^ very helpful :D
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lichilin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh.. thnx!!!
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Qraw Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lol'd at the pepper. Thank you for making this, it's very useful, helpful, and pretty entertaining. ;u;

I didn't know what that tool was until you did this tutorial. Thank you for making my world less complicated.
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.
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heta-chan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thanks for showing this, I not understand so much about some lineart tutorial.

Can you show me how to colour next time?
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My computer keeps freezing at the moment, so it's going to be a while before I could start one. But I'd be happy to do one.
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heta-chan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Okay, tell me when you done.
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98sparkz Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What program do you use for this and how much is it or if its free?
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's totally free. I'm not going to tell you since it's right there in the title.
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98sparkz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay and thanks since I've never heard of it but i'm going to go download it.
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Aseethe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I just can't see how you managed to make the lines so smooth looking ._.
mine always turn out crappy quality/pixelated lines no matter what drawing technique I used on it...

I tried doing vector lineart via Inkscape, but that program drove me up the wall with how it works. I'm no good with how things work on SAI, either. I've tried Photoshop, but the quality turns out just as if I used Gimp Dx
All I want are better quality graphics for my drawings...But I want to continue using Gimp...
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What size canvas are you using?
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Aseethe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It varies between pictures, but I just recently discovered it does help a little to make higher resolution for pictures...
It's just still not as good of quality as I want.
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Aseethe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Do you maybe need a tablet for anything like this? I draw by mouse.
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do everything by mouse. No need for a tablet here.

And as for your other question, I ask because I use the default biggest available size. And, as I've said in the tutorial, brush size and type is also important.
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Aseethe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my normal brush size I usually use is 0.71 on the second smallest paintbrush size.
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glomdi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
A nice tutorial, but it might be better if it had more stability to it and clearer instructions. Just a tip. ;)
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Stalwart-Steel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Very useful, Thanks for the tutorial.
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Akanoyoru Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
If you have a tablet (I got mine for $30 off amazon, quite a steal... a WP5540 if you're wondering), gimp does have a few pressure sensitivity options, which allows you to change brush size, color, opacity, and "hardness" according to pen velocity and pressure (check out "brush dynamics"). Also the "incremental" function can help smooth lines, but the crucial key is to draw lines quickly. Personally I find the paths tool a little to sterile for my style, but everyone differs :)
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Rinnii Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice tutorial. There are a few spelling mistakes/typos though. :) Thanks for the tutorial!
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RachBurns Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still trying to learn as well--had no idea that using a paintbrush on the lineart tool would do any of that. XD
Definitely faving, thanks!
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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