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Simple lineart tutorial by longestdistance Simple lineart tutorial by longestdistance
:iconsuperembarrassedplz: I want to apologize for how disorganized and messy this. Just read the red text and it should be fine xD

I've been wanting to make some tutorials for a while now. I did a poll and people voted I do lineart first. So here you go :3
You need some basic knowledge of how SAI works, so hopefully you know about linework, layer clipping, layer blending methods, etc etc. It's all really simple and easy to learn ^^


:bulletblack: If you want to color the lineart, download the file here
:bulletblack: My brush settings

If you have any questions, ask away :3 Enjoy! And I hope it doesn't give you a headache :iconimhappyraveplz:
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XxwhitewolffirexX Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you wouldn't happen to be making a body tutorial soon would you? XD
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That sounds like a good idea. Can you elaborate? Body tutorial in terms of linearting? Anatomy? Gesture?
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XxwhitewolffirexX Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Anatomy would be awesome ^-^
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Eyecelphil Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! crystalclear for me, that's rare!
usually tutorials tend to confuse me or worse,  skip steps. T_T 
i'll try this out, thanks! :la:
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much~ <3 I'm glad to hear that! Yeah I hate tutorials that are just walls of text. I really try to keep the instructions as condensed and to the point as possible. I wish you the best of luck~
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Eyecelphil Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :) 
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Llamasrock123456 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YAYY I FINALLY FOUND A TUTORIAL THAT HAS THE TYPE OF SAI PAINT TOOL AS I DO lol
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh crap lol
Do we have a version of SAI nobody else has haha
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Llamasrock123456 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe O-o probably lol
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Annalee-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
this is very helpful! Thank you!
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I am glad to hear it! ^^
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Cilatte Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Thank you so much for this! But what do you mean by "stiff"? o.o
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hmm where did you see that? Like which step (sorry its a huge tutorial and im on my phone in class atm. "simple lineart tut" my balls lol like seriously why did i name it that)

But when you point it out then ill know what you mean and i can explain :>
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Cilatte Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
uhh 13
"From my personal experience if you try using the linework tool, the hair will probably end up looking stiff."
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh ok thanks!
From my experience I  find that it's easier to just draw hair freehand, because when you use the pen/line tool it really restricts movement, which makes it look stiff. (I guess if you're really good with manipulating the pen path you might think otherwise, but I'm not good with it lol)
 I guess it works for some people but for me it just doesn't work out xD
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Cilatte Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Oh okay thanks~
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Everlastinqx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Great tut!
Oh, and on step 2, how do you tweak & edit the sketch?
Sorry for sounding so dumb... Blush
I'm just a newbie 
Two Thumbs Up 
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Its okay! ;u;
Well by that i mean just add a new layer and redraw the sketch only neater, so its easier to lineart later. :3
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Everlastinqx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Aw okay thank you! ;w;
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LittleCherryBerry Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
What do you mean by the "line art tool"? Do you mean the tool we use to do line art, or is there a separate tool to do that? I can't find it on Sai. I know my question sounds silly ^^; I just didn't understand what you mean.
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Omg i am so sorry i somehow deleted your comment and didnt see it til now? who knows how many other times ive accidentally ignored peoples comments...

I am glad someone else answered your question though ヽ(;▽;)ノ
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ivoryK1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I believe she means the linework layer, it's next to the new layer button above the box with the layers. It'll be above the merge button.
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LittleCherryBerry Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Oh right! :P Thank you for clearing that up for me! ^-^
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ivoryK1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem!
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AuqaKissGrabbit Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
thank you so much it helped me a lot! ;A;
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It did? i'm glad to hear that! ;u;

omg i must have accidentally deleted your comment in my inbox :iconlazycryplz: im so sorryyy ;-;
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cutexpandah Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hnnng ;_; so many good tips for lineart! I always pay attention more to colouring, so this tutorial is a great help. OvO
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longestdistance Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww thank you ;u; <3
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mateus123456789 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much for this tutorial :iconaawplz:
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No prob <3
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AshlingRainStrom Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student
Thanks for the tutorial, it helps a lot. ....And I colored it [link] :blushes:
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem!! ;u;
I love the colors you picked!! And how you shaded her shoes and eyes and just everythiing adsdfsdfzs <33 thanks for sharing!!
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AshlingRainStrom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student
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DarkCherry18 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
how to download LineArt App?
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Paint Tool SAI ^^
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artandmusic4life Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sooo helpful!! im so inefficient when it comes to lineart...usually takes me the longest to do for any of the painting! this should help tons xp
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much hehe :3 <3
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Byebi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
LMAO not much of a simple lineart tut huh

BUT ANYWAY
VERY HELPFUL THANK YOU CRIES
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh gawd you're right Not exactly simple if DA said the image file was too big FML:iconlazycryplz:
Thank you hehe :3
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garden-fairy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial!! :iconsweethugplz:
It's really helpful <3
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome!! :iconkittyglompplz: ;u;
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Lazy--kurt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ew oh my god
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
aka me whenever i see my art :iconforeveraloneplz:
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slackpracticerepeat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah the filling in corners trick is going to make my lineart so much better and dynamic! (always wondered how people decide where to add in extra thickness lol) And the darker outline at the end is definitely going to help when I'm doing bases.
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hehe good luck!! It's funny how a few tiny little black shapes can change how your lines look xD
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13tearDrops Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~!
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No prob :3
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Azure-Lugia5 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE this tutorial!! Can you possibly do one of this same picture but a coloring tutorial??
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you ;u;
I know this seems weird but I want to use a different picture for each tutorial but I want to have multiple examples, so I might still use this pic as well :3
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Azure-Lugia5 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, alright then
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