Posted Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:57PM
As I'm learning illustration I'm wondering if there's a best way to handle lines in illustrations, given that open paths are not allowed. Say for example I want an ear on a head that is outlined except at the front. The techniques that I'm aware of are
I'm wondering if any of these is more likely than the others to get me accepted here, or if there's another way to do it that might be better.
(Edited on 2009-12-24 13:59:06 by crazychristina)
Posted Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:33PM
You can have stroked open paths (line) as long as there is no fill applied to them - or you can expand the line. I expand my strokes but that's my own preference.
Posted Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:20PM
Thanks for that clarification Diane. Still, my main issue is with partly outlined shapes such as facial features, upper arms where arm joins body, etc.
Posted Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:37PM
Oh, sorry. Here's how I sometimes handle that. I will make the filled shape, then copy & paste on top so it's in the same place - then remove the fill and just apply a stroke color. then you can just cut away the part of the stroke you don't need or expand it and erase what you don't need. I usually apply a simple brush to those kinds of strokes and expand them but a simple stroked line works as well
(Edited on 2009-12-24 19:38:26 by diane555)
Posted Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:05AM
OK, that's pretty straightforward. I'll give it a go.