I need help with learning to digitalize drawings

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As some of you may know, I love to draw. I draw both digital and traditional, and both have pro's and cons:

 

Traditional:

+Much easier for me: lineart is no problem

-Bad colour quality: they look much worse on the picture than IRL

-If you draw something with no background, the picture has a really ugly white background

 

Digital:

+Better colour quality than traditional

+You can add layers which makes it easier to draw stuff

-I'm the worst when it comes to drawing with a mouse

-Because I'm bad -no terrible- at drawing with a mouse, it takes hours to do only the lineart

 

First I thought I had a solution for the digital cons: a drawing tablet! But then I saw what these things cost...

   Nah, thanks -_-

 

Next solution: traditional lineart, colour it in digital art program.

But then I get the ''can't draw with a mouse'' problem again... Eyup...

 

My question: could you guys ''teach'' me how to digitalize traditional art? I use Krita btw, so if that's important: now you know XD

 

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I CAN SO HELP YOU WITH THIS

okay, so the drawing tablet i have is this one:

LOOK AT THAT PRICE!!!

It's an amazing tablet and has NEVER given me ANY trouble at all. it works with Krita amazingly, and every other program as well.

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For your points:

The quality of trad work depends on the canvas, the tools and the way you digitise them: taking photos never really works and always kills the quality, but scanners are cheap and very worthwhile! If you're set on taking photos, there's apps that clean photos of drawings for you, too. There's also different types of paper that aren't titan white in colour and are less in-your-face. Some art stores sell lovely creamier-coloured paper.

For digital art, I wouldn't say that the colouring quality of digital art is better; it really depends on the artist and what they're good at! You can become good at art no matter the medium :D

 

Tablet-wise, you specifically checked out Surface Pro, which is not a drawing tablet but a Tablet PC. There's a difference between tablets and tablet pcs. One is a peripheral, the other is a fully functional computer. The Surface Pro can be used as a drawing tablet, but it's actually a Windows laptop. A normal tablet is just a tool you connect to an existing computer, like a mouse or a keyboard.

You can get tablets for as low as €40 and they can cost as much as thousands. The most expensive tablets have screens in them, which is super convenient, but not necessary.

 

I DO recommend you get a tablet regardless-- you can work digitally without one but there's really no point to it unless you want to work with the pen tool for lineart specifically, which is a super viable method but also a huge pain to get the hang of. Tablets are pressure sensitive, meaning that the harder you press, the bigger or darker the lines become, kind of like in real life.

 

You can indeed just combine trad and digital if lining on paper is easier for you, but then I'd still recommend a tablet to do the colouring with. It just saves so much time, effort and frustration!

 

Also, Krita is good stuff.

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I use Google Drawing. It's not the best, however, there is a line ool that when you scribble with it, it will fix your line up. You want to dgitalize a dragon, so you out the drawing into the computer, and then draw over the drawing with your line. But the line is all straight when it's supposed to be curved. The site will automatically fix this line and make it curved. However, it is not perfect! By no means.

 

 

Then there is paint.net which is much more formal and has the same sorts of features.

 

 

You can always get a pad and pen instead of your mouse. 

 

Cheaper than a drawing tablet and works the same way but for your computer.

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Thanks!

I first thought the cheaper drawing tablets were extremely small (just like with a bunch of other stuff...), but the one you showed actually look really good! I think I'm just going to look for one which is a bit cheap

 

Thanks for the help ^^

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Another option is to scan

Another option is to scan your drawing and then put it into a program like Autodesk Pixlr. Maximize the contrast and the sharpness, this will allow your lines to become bolder and allow for programs like Krita, MS Paint, and Inkscape to recognize them. After that you can use the fill bucket tool (because I'm lazy duh) to your heart's content. 

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There's actually some good drawing tablets out there for fairly cheap! I have an older Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch tablet that cost a little less than $100 and it works well for what I need. I just searched "drawing tablets" or something like that on Amazon and that's how I found it. There are cheaper tablets out there, too, but I personally wanted to stick to a well-known and higher quality brand- not to say other brands aren't good quality! Honestly, it all comes down to what you're using it for (professional or leisure, commissions or requests, etc.) and how much you're willing to pay for what you need. And I think this has been mentioned, but the pic you showed is of an actual laptop, so that'd definitely going to cost more than just the tablet XD

 

And you said you use Krita, correct? Have you tried using the stabilizer? That would definitely help you with lineart if you haven't tried it yet ^^

 

Also, if you want to "scan" pics of your drawing on your phone but don't have or want to buy an app, there's a post on tumblr about "scanning" your drawings on an iPhone. Basically you take a pic of your drawing, crop it, and change some of the color and other settings in the built-in photos app. Idk if it would work for Android, though. Let me see if I can find it.

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Just found out that Inkscape

Just found out that Inkscape has a very useful tool that can create lineart from scanned drawings. It's called Trace Bitmap and it allows you do do some fun things like automatically draw lineart.