I've been thinking a lot about outlines. Every time I tackle a new paper doll, I think about outlines. Should they be black? Or brown? Or colored? In my vector and watercolor work, I use a variation of the base color. So a blonde hairstyle is outlined in a light yellowish-brown, a green top is outlined in a darker green, etc. I like the way it looks.
This method is problematic in Photoshop.
I know there are methods of coloring linework after drawing it in black. I never seem to get around to it. Not to say the black looks bad. And ultimately, that's what I end up doing.
To start with, I opened my file from last week. I'm going to draw the outlines for each doll in a separate file. I have my dolls grouped into folders and there's a neat trick I learned from digital scrapbooking.
I'll draw my lines in default black with a custom brush. I try to scale my sketches before I outline & I make sure to use the same size brush and same color on each of the dolls & outfits for consistency. You can use a standard brush -- it doesn't really matter much -- but make sure it's pressure sensitive if you're using a digitizer of some sort. I'm drawing directly onto my Surface Pro 3 (which has been happily trouble free of late).
And by the magic of internet time lapse....here's the final outline.
At this point, walk away from your drawing. Really. For a while. Then come back, look at it critically and adjust it as needed. Right now, I'm not terribly crazy about the eyes. I want to mess around with those a bit.
Now, I'll outline the other two dolls and get ready to create a wardrobe.