Are there any good tools, tips and tricks to draw digitally for people who don't possess a graphic tablet?
When I make serious drawings I always do them traditionally, on paper, then I scan them and do the lineart on SAI with the lineart curve tool. It takes a long time and it's rather disheartening having to redo something you've already done once but if you're careful it does the job fine. Then I just fill colors and such with my mouse. Needless to say the styles you can do using this method are "somewhat limited" since it has to involve linearts, basic coloring etc, so no painting and so on, but depending on what you want to do it can be alright (such as anime/manga style).
Opinions? Any poorfags like me who does or have done the same thing here?
Just save for a low end tablet. You can get one for under a hundred dollars, even as a poorfag that should be attainable.
Seriously, learning to draw on a mouse just isn't fucking worth it unless you're doing pixel art or something.
I don't know what art goals you have, but I think for now you should stick to traditional art as much as possible. You can do everything traditionally, you will learn a lot, and your art will probably look even better.
Yeah that's what I'm doing of course, I never use my mouse to draw, sketch or practice per se. Still from time to time I feel the need to make finished pieces (I mostly work black & white) so I go over the method I explained in the OP.
I suppose I'm the only one on /ic/ doing that autistic thing then. Damn it.
first you need to get rid of pleb tool sai and install patricianshop, next you just use them bezier curves of glorious pen tool and magnetic lasso tool over your sketch and live well and prosper like honorary citizen of great digital arts empire
you can also work in fucking mcdonalds a bit and buy used wacom intuos and become senator
You don't paint with the mouse?
I do it and it's more dependent on your brushes than anything since your lines look shitty and the only way to influence that is with customization. It takes some time but, I got used to it. As for the curve tool, it helps, but you can grow out of it and just do regular lines. I feel that it's dependent on your artistic ability to produce lines even with any tool. If you can't do it with a mouse, it probably doesn't matter much with a pencil.
Try Manga Studio 5/Clip Studio Paint Pro (same software, different publishers). Its vector tools are based on SAI's but vastly more advanced and also don't limit you to the standard 'straight black' brush style. You could even just convert a reasonably clean sketch straight into vector and continue from there, it's surprisingly decent at that as well.
I frequently use it when I don't have a tablet at hand, shit's got fantastic tricks up its sleeve such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78YmF7pOmGM
You're right but I still believe it's important to try to push myself from time to time so I can look back later and see how I could have made it better. After all this is the reason I'm drawing, to create pieces I can be proud of.
Oh wait you were replying to the inking thing, well, yeah, but to be totally honest my goal is digital so I don't feel like practicing inking on paper. I'll still probably try though.
Considering I plan on buying a tablet eventually I feel like it'd be a wasted skill trying to train my mouse skills. I'd rather use that energy and time training traditionally.
Like I said I mostly do black & white works so for now it's not as painful as you probably imagine it.
I do have Manga Studio 5 installed but same as above concerning PS I have never used them ever, only used SAI so far because of how simple it is. I'll look into that thanks. Would the line look "natural"? My problem at the moment with SAI is, while the curve tool is really good at tracing over my paper scanned linearts, the lines look really bland. I can mayybe work them with the other tools but it's just really not optimal, it takes ages and makes me feel dead inside.
Never really used it, but it looks like a document-wide magic wand to me, so I'm assuming you use it to remove everything that's white or near-white. Wouldn't you get a lot of aliasing that way? 'Convert brightness to opacity' is more like separating line-art through channels in Photoshop.
The intuos 3 is pretty much the same as most bamboos, just loads uglier.
I've had the bamboo pen (CTL-460) for about six years now. It works well despite actually being worse than the intuos 3.
Craigslist and ebay usually have cheap tablets.
Here you go
I think 6x8 is the minimum size, i find 4x5 too small to work with unless you grew up drawing purely with your wrist instead of using a more full arm technique.
Can't ship this to my country. I wonder if I could find similar prices in Western Europe... I'll have to look into it.
I think thread made me realize I should probably buy a cheap tablet so I'll have to ponder and inform myself on what could be good for me.
Eastern Europe, shouldn't you be asleep or something right now? Have you tried craigslist? Someone may be willing to knock the price down a bit if you offer some art work along with cash.