Dinolestia design looks wicked. I like differently coloured scales on her back, with these mini wings (she can fly with them actually?). Gilda is neat too!
Now I know (from comments) that you're doing your lines in Inkscape, I have always thought that you're doing them with standard ink, scan, then colour. As for doing lines in Photoshop, you can cut out "Luminosity" pixels straight from scanned sketch (it's after all black on white and I'm guessing it's good quality), getting only black pixels and keep original line flow. After that, you can reduce image size, to automatically apply antialiasing on your lines. Or you can vectorize your lines in Photoshop exclusively. Or do them with graphic tablet. There are ton of ideas how to do that, in many programs. But there is a flaw - they would never look crisp like done with vector tool (pen tool or Bezier curves or cucumber/whatever). But then you would save time.
I would like to see your basic, inked sketch, with digital colouring even if it would be less crispier.
I do ink my lines by hand, but then use levels in photoshop to get closer to true black and white, then vectorize the cleaner lines. Doesn't take particularly long by my standards, and I've always been happy with the results. Thanks for the observations, though!
I usually do my lines in four steps. First i do inks on paper by hand. Then I clean up the lines a bit on Photoshop using the levels and the brushes. Then I vectorize the lines on Illustrator. Then I switch back to Photoshop for coloring.
If anybody knows of a better method, please tell me. I'm kinda self-taught, which is not always ideal.
Oh, gotcha! I thought you made your lines initially in PS. These still look really good!
There may be a simpler way of vectorizing the lines within photoshop. After you've cleaned up the lines in PS, you can do a quick Noise>Median filter (not too much, just enough to smooth out the edges) or you can skip this step, as it may smooth over your sharp ends that you want. Afterward, use the Magic Wand tool to select all your lines, and in the Paths tab, you can convert your selection to a path. You can then fill in the path by ctrl-clicking on the path, and on a new layer filling it in with the paint bucket tool.
In addition to that, you can also make the lines thicker or thinner during the selection stage by going to Selection>Modify>Expand/Contract. You can then convert your new selection to a path and fill that in as before.
With your filled-lines layer selected, you can click on Lock Transparent Pixels (at the top-left of the layers window). It's easier to color in your lines this way, and you can paint over them freely with any brush you want.
An extra that may give you some fun experimenting: you can convert your path into a shape, if you have recurring shapes that you use. Sparth, a french concept artist, developed the technique of using custom shapes to block in a scene for a landscape using shapes he made from photographs. Take a look! www.conceptart.org/forums/show... If you want to try this method, be sure to assign a hotkey to Flip Canvas, custom shapes can't be inverted as you place them.
Hmmm... I may need a little practice to figure this out. The paths I created didn't look nearly as good as they do on Illustrator, but I think I may just need to tweak the settings. Either way, wow... thanks so much!
Well, it helped that it was Twilight. When I first saw the show, I was surprised at her design. Compared to the candy explosion of colors on the other ponies, her blue and purple seemed almost dull. And of course her haircut was so subdued and dorky. Hardly something a five year old girl would want to brush. But her design really grows on you.