You are now ready to sketch your models. There are two tasks to perform in order to draw your characters:
- Add a drawing layer
- Sketch the model
You have the choice to sketch your model as a bitmap or vector drawing. If you like the feel of drawing with bitmap lines, you can set your layer as bitmap. If you like drawing with vectors, you can set your layer as vector. If you use vector, you will be able to enlarge your drawing and zoom into it without losing quality or resolution. You can also use the Contour Editor and Select tools to resize and modify lines. If you draw with bitmap, you will not be able to scale the drawing beyond 100% of its resolution without encountering pixelization issues.
If you would like to separate your lines and colours on separated art layers, see Art Layers
- In the Timeline view, click the Add Drawing Layer button or press Ctrl + R (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + R (Mac OS X).
The Add Drawing Layer window opens.
- In the Name field, name your new layer.
- Set the Line Art and Colour Art options to Vector to get a vector layer or to Bitmap to have a bitmap layer.
- Do one of the following:
|‣||Click Add to add a first layer and keep the window open to add more layers.|
|‣||Click Add and Close to add a new layer and close the window.|
A new drawing layer is added to the Timeline view.
- In the Tools toolbar, select the Brush tool or press Alt + B.
- In the Tool Properties view, select a brush preset and adjust its parameters.
- In the Timeline or Xsheet view, click in the first cell of the drawing layer.
- In the Drawing
or Cameraview, enable the Grid (Field Chart). You can press Ctrl + ' (Windows/Linux) or ⌘ + ' (Mac OS X).
|‣||Make sure the Drawing
- In the Drawing
or Cameraview, start drawing.
- To select a different colour, in the Colour view, select a different colour swatch. Double-click on the colour swatch to open the Colour Picker window and modify the colour. Remember that anything already painted with that colour swatch will update to the new colour.
- In the
Camera orDrawing view, use the Rotary Table to rotate your workspace.You can press Ctrl+Alt (Windows/Linux) or Ctrl+⌘ (Mac OS X).
|‣||The default keyboard shortcut to reset the workspace rotation is Shift + X.|
- If you decide to draw in the next cell and need to see your previous drawing, enable the Onion Skin by pressing Alt + O.