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3.2 Automated Strokes

In this part of the course, we're going to go ahead and cover how to ink the nose using our F6 and our F5 strokes, so let's go ahead and get started. So let's go ahead and deal with the nose. Zoom in a little bit, and all right, here we go. So I look at the shape of the nose and kinda, I want to jump ahead and figure out the direction I want to go. So let's drop the pen tool down and hit those angles. Where I want the lines to be straight, I drop the points, I click my pen very quickly. And where I want it to be more curved, then I make sure that I get my anchor points proper. So here I want to start inside of my actual line, change my tangent, or direction. And pull where I need to pull and make those adjustments. And that's looking pretty good. Now notice what I do. I'll take my brush tool and figure out exactly what the size of the stroke will be. And based on that, I'll go ahead and hit F6. Also, if you notice, if the line doesn't connect properly, I'll go back inside with a pen tool again and create a new stroke to make sure that where I don't want the lines to break, that I'm implementing that. So when I set my pen tool up when I start, I want to start inside of a line just like that, and then I'm gonna set up the tangent, then adjust my brush. Voila, there we go, that's gonna work. Little mistake there. All right, pen tool on the outside, go to this anchor point and pull, and get the right shape. Break the tangent again, come around, get a nice curve, and adjust my tangent. This looks pretty good. Switch to my brush, and use the brush to measure. There we go, that's pretty good. So I hit it twice there to make sure I got a nice, clean solid line, and now I'm gonna to make the brush smaller to make sure it connects. And then we have to go inside, let's build that nostril out. I look at the shape first, and then I start with the pen tool, adjust my anchors by holding Alt down again. And this is looking pretty good, and I hit an F6 this time so we have the thicker line. There are two ways I can handle it. I can use erase to just kinda give me those nice edges, or I can do both. I can go in, use the pen tool again, and then break my edge instead of drawing it by hand or erasing it into position I can just use that. So, here we go again. Let's go underneath the nostril, and set this line up, get my anchor points in order. And here we go. That's pretty nice, it's looking good. I like the flow, I like the weight of the ink. So let's go and work the lip area here. Nice clean strokes. Thinking about it is an artist and not so technical, where I want my strokes to connect and be placed in a area where it's helping my artwork. And a really good thing, if you really want to understand this, look at how comic book illustrators ink and how they draw. And you can implement that into your style while you're doing this. So if you wanted to use this style for inking, you certainly would do the exact same thing you would do if you were doing it by hand, traditionally. You follow the same steps. So I want to take a step back and look at everything and make sure it's working well. Let's go ahead and start to add a little bit of those details to the nose. And, there we go. Just want to show the form, following the sketches that are already there. Now I like the way this is going right now. Let's go ahead and work that curve. I want to make sure that I get that there. And check my brush size here, and, there we go, nice. All right, so the nose is turning out well. All right, so we'll continue to build the face and get the rest of those lines in place in the next video.

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