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:
Again- not harmful, but not necessarily helpful, either.
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
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:
I’ve gotten three or four asks about this recently, so it seems as good a time as any to reblog this sucker. FOURTEEN YEARS STILL GOIN’ STRONG
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. :)