Okie dokie. So I have been learning to shade and highlight and I thought I was getting the hang of it...when I was doing it with lineart that was ready for it. They were already inked and ready to go. However, now I'm trying to highlight, shade, and ink some lineart I bought years upon years ago. Now that's where I'm having the trouble and I need some help.
This lineart isn't as detailed as the lineart I was working with before, it's also Paint compatable so the lines are pixeled and need to be smoothed out.
Can anyone give me tips on how to smooth the lines? And can anyone give me any tips on how I should shade/hightlight them. I'm also open to change the lines a little to improve them. I welcome suggestions for that as well.
ETA: I forgot to mention that I have GIMP 2.
If you have a layering art program then I would recommend using the program to create layers that have new lines on them. (The lines being the same lineart but smoother, of course.)
GIMP is what i use for lines. Make a new transparent layer over them and trace them. Paintbrush would work, even Pencil if you want it pixelly but still thinner and nicer than how they are now. I'd suggest using the Ink Tool, which i guess is supposed to be for calligraphy but i love using it for lines. Also the Paths tool is pretty nice. I've been lazy and for about 2 years didn't want to learn how to use the Paths tool, but once i figured it out and practiced with it, i found its pretty great! Just takes some practice to get used to how it works. When using it make sure that when you hit Stroke Path, you select Stroke With a Paint Tool. Select the Paint Tool you want to use. I would suggest Paintbrush. Before starting make sure the box next to Incremental is checked for the Paintbrush.