Clean Sketch Vs. Classic Lineart 🤔

In this tutorial I’ll show you what I mean with “cleaned up sketch” in detail. This tutorial is related to my worklow, which goes like this (most of the time)

Draft 20-40

Sketch 20

Full Sketch 20

Clean/fixed Sketch & adding details 15-20

Thin Skech/Lineart

Here with images:

I’ve used an unfinished old WIP of mine as an example

The numbers (20-40, etc.) are the brush sizes I use 🖌

(For you they may differ since I usually work at a 4000×5000 px canvas. Simply calculate the factor of your cavas relative to mine and multiply that with my brush sizes)

At the beginning it may be tempting to use a bigger brush bc it’s easier, but it’s tedious to erase and draw over it with the smaller brush later OR making a new layer and drawing on top of your inital sketch (the classic way)

If your sketch has a certain amount of details (Clean Sketch) and is drawn roughly at the same brush size/ line thickness of your desired lineart (+-7), I recommend keeping it and refining it further instead of doing it the classic way. Because you’ll loose the unique characteristics of your sketch.
You loose smth everytime you do that classic process PLUS you have to “redraw” you entire piece, which takes some time. IMO doing this makes only sense if your sketch is not quite detailed (Full Sketch). Basically You can save a lot of time if your find the right time to switch from sketch to Lineart if you’re doing it classic way.

And here is the very easy method of changing the linewidth of a Clean Sketch turning it into the Thin Sketch/Lineart:

To make it easier to understand everything, I’ve put together all possible paths in a flowchart:


You can save time and other things by going the blue path. I personally do it more and more recently – continuously or uncontinuously. It takes away the psychological pressure of “You have to do the perfect LINEART now” – For me at least. The line thinning in particular I think is very useful for some, even though I personally use it only on highly detailed pieces.

I hope that this post was helpful in some way! 😁

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