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Raukue

My Artwork: Thick or Thin?

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I have been wondering for awhile now what you all think of my line art in my pictures. Do you like it when the lines are thick or thin?

Examples:

Thick:
  
  


Thin:
  
  



With the thin ones I did make a few versions with thicker lines but still in the end went with the thinner lines, even though those I asked seemed to prefer thicker lines. I just feel like my art loses life with thicker lines, it could just be how I see it. A sketch seems to have life but once I ink it seems to lose some of that life.

So tell me what kind of lines you like me using and why. I may end up going with those kind of lines or not. It is my choice in the end after all of course, unless it were a commission, obviously. I just wanna know what you all think.

I might tally up which you all prefer so... yeah. Please try to tell me why you like the lines thicker or thinner as well.
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Added: 6 years, 7 months ago
 
GinSanada
6 years, 7 months ago
I like the thicker lines :3
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Can you tell me why you like thicker lines? That'd help.
GinSanada
6 years, 7 months ago
The reason i like the thicker lines is becuz it adds to the cuteness of your art style something about it make your art just i dont know click with me more
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
I see. Hmm. Just interesting see most of the same results I got with friends online. Preferring thick lines and all. I guess I might go back to thicker lines just not as thick, but thicker than I been doing? Maybe that seems fine. Like some of my older ones it was varying lines up to 4 pt. Then I started going with 2 pt for I dunno 5 pictures or less and now I am using 1.5 pt and all. I just kept going thinner and thinner. I might go back to 2 pt or go with 3 pt?
GinSanada
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah a nice middle ground between the two becuz i like both of them just thicker over thinner so try fuseing them togeather a bit thicker but not to thick ^^ cant wait to see what you got in store for us!
Tycloud
6 years, 7 months ago
I like the thicker lines :3
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Can you tell me why you like thicker lines? That'd help.
Tycloud
6 years, 7 months ago
it makes the colors seem more rich and it adds a sort of quality appeal.  Almost like you know the art is new vs the thin lines, it seems rather faded.  The thick lines defines the characters more :3
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Ah. Just for me it feels thicker lines makes them seem more stiff and still and loss of life and such. Again could be because that is just how I feel about my art and all.
noirex
6 years, 7 months ago
To avoid color clashing, use a bit thicker line. Black is a neutral color. Thicker lines give a more comic book look but colors and shades loose some meaning to it. It also depends on the mood of the pic your trying to pull off. Lines can play a difference on how you want to end to be.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Course you know what I think and such. But hmm yeah lines do make what is going on, setting the mood more.
Jett
6 years, 7 months ago
I think that the thicker lines look better because the other aspects in your art look cartoony to me and the thinner lines don't really fit as well as the thicker lines, in my opinion. Plus, I like how you use variable line width in your thicker line pictures of what I could see, I think that it gives the objects/entities a more accurate definition in those parts like edges, muscle or textures of objects/entities.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah I like varying the lines like that. Though I guess I don't pay much attention into what should be thick and thin out in a line. I mean I do and all, but here and there I guess I don't think about it or looks fine to me.

And I don't mean for my art to look cartoony. I try to make it more along the lines of anime looking and all but I guess I fail at that.
Jett
6 years, 7 months ago
Well, you can still have it look animé while have it look cartoony as it's not like every animé artist uses the same thickness for their characters' lines. And if you're worried about it not looking animé enough, you could always look around for animé artists who do use thicker lines for their characters than other animé artists.
CosmicMutt
6 years, 7 months ago
i cant decide.. i love them both!!
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah it is a tough call. It's why I am not so sure. I like both but I can't really decide. I lean more toward thin lines and all but still... hmm.
kawaiikatana
6 years, 7 months ago
I prefer the thin. Blame Borderlands. Game had no AA because it was a console port and had these thick ass outlines that had really bad aliasing. Yours are fine of course but it's left me biased.

Apart from that I dare say thick lines make your art seem less realistic. You know apart from the pokemon/yoshi/what have you.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
I see. I would think that thicker lines made it less realistic. But hmm something to think about. I been using 1.5 pt recently, might go into using 3 pt rather than going back to 4 pt that I had been doing in some of my older yet more recent pictures, such as that Veemon butt one up there.

As for Borderlands, shame my PC is not good enough to play games like that, I had got that game on PS3. I like it, good stuff. I hope the 2nd one has a larger storage system and able to trade/swap between characters on the same account/user or whatever. Hmm.
Readasaur
6 years, 7 months ago
Oh, hard to pick...
If I had to choose, though, thick lines would win by a very thin margin.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
So maybe thick but not too thick?
Readasaur
6 years, 7 months ago
No, that's not really advice worth giving.
I'll just say the thicker lines are more distinctive, and they seem to suit your style better.
But the thin lines don't look worse in any way.
Does that help at all?
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Heh I suppose.
cooncub
6 years, 7 months ago
I guess the thicker as I use them myself. Both ways with your own cute style of art look very great to me.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah. I see. I am a bit surprised to see so much thick though. I would think I would have got an "either" and all but guess most prefer thicker lines. I guess since it is me drawing it only seems lesser than to use thick lines, because I lack real depth when I draw it just seems to come off not as good to me, I dunno. Not that I am against thick lines I like it as well, just yeah ya know.
Daneasaur
6 years, 7 months ago
I think I like thicker more.

Why? It makes the images look softer, and your style looks best wonderfully soft.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
I would think thinner lines made my images look softer, such as my recent one "Cuddle Raukue" and such. Hmm. But I see.
Daneasaur
6 years, 7 months ago
I think it's because, with the thicker lines, you tend to round out shapes, thus making it seem softer... at least, to my eyes.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Ah. Well I dunno. I mean it does look nice and all.
IrritatedCharizard
6 years, 7 months ago
A mixture of both~ :3
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Hmm. So just thick but not too thick?
IrritatedCharizard
6 years, 7 months ago
Maybe idk, just an idea X3
NonnyFox
6 years, 7 months ago
After comparing the two I cast my vote for the thin lines.

My reason why is that in my opinion they help make the colors and the drawings as a whole stand out more.
Plus the thin lines don't stand out as much as the thick lines do.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah that is kind of what I think. Thinner lines mean has a bit more life when you see mostly color. I mean it is sort of those who color and put no lines, because they know how to color and blend so well they don't need to put them. Just this is sort of like that but with lines still? I dunno. Still, I might find an in between. I been using 1.5 pt recently, was using 4 pt in the thicker ones. Might for for 3pt and see how that works out. Or I dunno... hmm. Just whatever I feel like I guess. I can always start thick and go thin, which I should try a bit, might get my lines to vary more in the end that way.
NonnyFox
6 years, 7 months ago
It may be best for you to experiment until you find that sweet spot with the lines that sits right with you.

It's similar to me with my distortion pedal and EQ pedal for my guitar when I adjusted the controls on both until I found the sweet spot to my ears for the sound I was listening for. I knew it when I heard too because I have kept the controls where they are since than.

Same with you with line thickness, when your eyes see the width you're looking for you'll know it, you'll see it and say "ah-ha, right there, that's where I want it"

Bledar
6 years, 7 months ago
In general, I like thick lines more (but the thin ones are good also). I think it's because thicker lines look smoother and fuller. Thinner lines look a little sharper. It's like comparing a chubby character to a thin bony one, usually the chubbier is cuter. :)
torchlight
6 years, 7 months ago
I prefer thin lines.
If the lines are too thick it makes the characters feel like they are above the background, like a sticker, instead of a part of the picture.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
That is what I thought.
SenGrisane
6 years, 7 months ago
To be honest I don't really see much of a difference. If you hadn't said so I wouldn't have noticed. There are people that use extreme thick lines and yours is just a tiny bit thick.

I think the main difference is, that a thick outline makes the character stand out more from the background (especially if you only make the outermost line thicker, but keep the lines inside thinner).

If every line has the same thickness it is easier to blend in with other characters and the background.

So I'd say use it whenever you want to achieve a certain effect. In a crowded picture with many characters or a busy background thick lines could add to the visibility to focus on the important part of the image.
If background and characters are supposed to be one, that use thin lines.

An example of artwork with very thick outlines is here: http://www.commissionedcomic.com/?p=4808
The artist for example also used it to show the distance to the viewer. The closer the object to the viewer, the thicker the outline (see the tree in front of the cat)
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Yeah I tend to wanna put the characters as the focus, don't want them to blend with the background. How my latest picture I made the background lighter than it really is because I felt the character didn't have enough focus.

And that is something I didn't think of, distance and all to determine the thickness.
SenGrisane
6 years, 7 months ago
Make the outline part of the art :3
RedReynart
6 years, 7 months ago
Here is my opinion

When you see Anime, manga, or the like allot of that style will incorporate both styles. And which one is used thick or thin is determined by the distance the character or object is from the viewer/camera. Typically it is thicker the closer the object is and thinner the further away it is. Either way I don't have a preference to which I like better and drawn in general.
Raukue
6 years, 7 months ago
Hmm yeah I didn't think of that, to use both depending on distance and all.
RedReynart
6 years, 7 months ago
^^ yey I helped with something lol.
daorn
6 years, 7 months ago
I think that all depends on the background and the action on the pic, thick lines work well on outdoors backgrounds where you have more perspective, and thin ones do the work when the char is, let's say, against a wall or something closer than an open place. Also the action that's happening on the pic influences this, if the char is standing still or there's little movement the thick lines work pretty well, but if there's movement involved the thin lines let's you do some more details and also feels like there's actual movement...
greenmont
6 years, 7 months ago
the thin line drawings look better to me because the characters look like part of the picture
in the thick line drawings, they look like they have been "layered" on the background more
I think this could be because even in the thick line pictures, when you draw a custom background the lines are thinner (and when you use an rpg maker background, the lines are also thinner XP) so in those pictures they feel very separated
KNIFE
6 years, 7 months ago
Since you like to do awesome backgrounds I would suggest
using thick lines on your characters IF you're using a background.
Otherwise the thin line are a nice frame for your color work.  :)
PlatinumPen
6 years, 7 months ago
To me it would depend on the background, if it was busy then I would say think to define the characters more.
If the background is sparse, single colored, or naturally flowing, I would say thin in order to achieve an organic feel the the piece.
Prime
6 years, 5 months ago
I like thicker lines better because they're indicative of your older artwork and it makes the image look more cartoony like.
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