In regards to the file resolution question, do you think it's harmful to work in significantly larger resolutions? (Say, 900dpi+)
I can’t imagine any instance where that would be “harmful,” per sé, but it also seems like you’re dealing with diminishing returns at a certain point.
The only times I find myself using 900+ dpi is when I’m scanning something that I plan on enlarging for print or display- if you have long term plans to zoom into/enlarge your piece then knock yourself out, but 900 dpi seems a bit egregious for day-to-day work. My big takeaways:
11 x 17” at 900dpi is the equivalent of a print-resolution 33 x 51” file, and that’s gonna most workstations slow to a crawl if you’re working with any substantial number of layers
brushes and brush textures have a set resolution (they aren’t vector), and they can start to look crappy when they’re enlarged past a certain size
there’s no significant difference between printed 300 and 900 dpi to the naked eye, and the same can be said when you’re shrinking them down to 1000px tall for display online
Again- not harmful, but not necessarily helpful, either.
How big are your drawings pixel/resolution wise? I've been wanting to give line art another try (i found out you have big files so the detail of the lines aren't noticeable and you don't do all of them with one stroke!!) I do my things at 200 resolution pixels/inch
Well it’s not just the dpi that matters! You could have a 200 dpi image that’s only 400 x 400 pixels, and you’re still going to get some pretty shitty artifacting from your strokes. :)
I work at 8.5 x 11”, 300 dpi at the least, but most of my finished pieces are 11 x 17” and up. This is some of my lineart at 100%, par exemple:
high resolution is a must, even if you’re just downsizing it and posting it online- it allows you a sharpness and level of control that you can’t get at basic screen resolution. You can get away with 150-200 dpi, I’m sure, but I wholly suggest upgrading to 300 and up!
It’s also awesome if you ever need to resize your work for promotional purposes- if you’re working in the 300+ dpi range, you have a lot more leeway for what’s going to look good on a giant banner. :D
Why are you so awesome?! Do you like potatoes?! What is your favorite potato?!
Russets if I’m mashing ‘em, possibly a mix with yukon gold if I’m in the mood. Boil, strain, mash (there will be no ricing in this house). Melt in butter, add milk for creaminess and texture. Salt, pepper, sour cream, and sautéed leeks to taste. Basic, simple bliss.
Where does your username come from? Like, what made you choose it?
Shoom’lah is a portmanteau of two words in D’ni, the language from the MYST franchise- shooth, meaning “death,” and m’lah, meaning “lizard.” So I guess it means “Death Lizard” or “Lizard of Death” or “Ew it’s a dead lizard don’t touch it” or something comparable.
I came up with the name when I was trying to design creatures for my own Myst age back in 2000 (the Shoom’lah was some semi-aquatic reptile that was an omen of death), and when I needed a screenname in the now-defunct Rivenguild forums I went with that. I can honestly say I didn’t expect it to stick, especially not for eleven years.
And, if you’re curious, my drawings of the actual shoom’lah creature over the years:
You probably get this all the time, but how is your first name pronounced? It's a word in French (roughly pronounced 'leen-yah'), but that doesn't mean that's how you say it (or prefer it said).
Haha that’s just the name of my blog! My actual name is Claire Hummel, hidden down there in the blog description.
I went with Ligne Claire as a blog name since it does double duty as 1. a French comics style that I adore, and 2. a pun on the fact that I’m an artist, named Claire, who does a lot of clean linework. :)
Got any questions about world-building as it relates to illustration? General? Specific? Put ‘em in the ask box: http://sbosma.tumblr.com/ask
I think I’m gonna write a post about it, but I’d love to hear what people are curious about as jumping-off points. Can be about specific images I’ve made or about the practice in general. I don’t really do this stuff too often, but I’ve gotten several questions and it’s something I like talking about.
Sam Bosma is gonna be answering questions about world-building in illustration! This is something I would love to write about, but in the meantime I’m just gonna sit and listen to Sam because why wouldn’t I
There is a huge group of artists thinking that Deviantart is just selling their art without permission without actually looking into it themselves.
PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELVES. DA is legally required to ask you to use your stuff and will contact you personally in writing to use your stuff. This isn’t the first time that a 3rd party company has stolen artwork off the website and you are allowed to take legal action if this happens to you.
I’ve included the refrenced section of the TOS and the section above it disproving everything that everyone is saying.
It seems like every six months or so people have a big freakout about this and IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. Everybody cool it. (Hot Topic continues to be the biggest douche at the party, though.)
yeeeeeah guys. chill. Deviantart is shitty for so many reasons, but their TOS is just the usual legal drivel.
Hi there! I was wondering, do you know any tips about clothing from American 1860s-1890s? Specifically girls dresses, gowns from a richer side. Anything off the top of your head, don't want to be annoying. I check your historical clothing master post but everything was specifically English [at least, the internet ones]. Whatever you have on this subject is greatly appreciated. So sorry if this is an annoying or stupid question, and by the way, I love your art and your rocks are glorious. Thanks!
American fashions weren’t vastly different from their European counterparts at the time, actually! Especially with the advent of the telegraph, communication and cultural exchange across the ocean sped up dramatically- American fashion might be behind the times, sure, but it would usually only be by a year or two.
Nonetheless, American dress is it’s own beast- different resources and different politics create things like the advent of Zouave jackets after the Crimean War, or Amelia Bloomer’s dress reform movement that is so American as to eventually be referred to as “American dress.” The great thing about this time period is that you can still get your hands on American fashion plates, photography, and even extant dresses from the era- all the easier if you’re looking for fashions of wealthy privileged people. Here are a bunch of books that could point you in the right direction:
I hope that’s a start! Do remember that the 1860’s - 1890’s is a pretty broad swath- that’s forty years, almost half a century, and so you’ll probably want to pinpoint the era you’re looking at more specifically. :)