darkflame7 asked:

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.

-C

artarray asked:

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:

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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

-C

supercakeattack asked:

Why are you so awesome?! Do you like potatoes?! What is your favorite potato?!
  1. WHO KNOWS
  2. yes
  3. 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.
shoomlah

5ouda asked:

Where does your username come from? Like, what made you choose it?

shoomlah answered:

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

There’s a moment in Myst where you find a bolt of Black Ships fabric in Sirrus’ room on Stoneship, and I’ve always thought it would fun to redraw it at higher resolution… aaand make it a little fancier.  Why not.
The idea that Sirrus probably sews his own clothes is just…  It’s just great.  What a fuckin’ dandy.

There’s a moment in Myst where you find a bolt of Black Ships fabric in Sirrus’ room on Stoneship, and I’ve always thought it would fun to redraw it at higher resolution… aaand make it a little fancier.  Why not.

The idea that Sirrus probably sews his own clothes is just…  It’s just great.  What a fuckin’ dandy.

riptidemonzarc asked:

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. :)

My steampunk Sailor Uranus (that’s Admiral Tenoh, thankyouverymuch) for Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show down in Anaheim, CA!
I love the idea of doing customized/unique uniforms for each of the senshi, especially if it means I get to put Haruka in a more tailored/militaristic getup.  I have designs sitting around for the rest of the senshi, but… but let’s be honest.  I’m lucky I finished one design in time for this show. :P
-C

My steampunk Sailor Uranus (that’s Admiral Tenoh, thankyouverymuch) for Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show down in Anaheim, CA!

I love the idea of doing customized/unique uniforms for each of the senshi, especially if it means I get to put Haruka in a more tailored/militaristic getup.  I have designs sitting around for the rest of the senshi, but… but let’s be honest.  I’m lucky I finished one design in time for this show. :P

-C

sbosma

World-building in illustration

sbosma:

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