Question Outline Pens and GIMP

Discussion in 'Help' started by Sebax, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Sebax Avatar by Xerona

    Mar 4, 2013
    Wonderful World of Disney
    Hello. I'm just getting into more than casual drawing. I'm looking into a few utilities to help improve my productivity and quality of my work.

    I'm buying a pencil sharpener and pencils, separate erasers, a fresh sketchbook, and there's just one little thing bugging me. I don't know if I should buy outlining pens.

    You see, I aim to use GIMP to save money on coloring materials. The trouble with just scanning sketches drawn with pencils is that when I use the selector tool to turn my hand-drawn outline into a vector with an Alpha Channel and then the same selector tool to create base colors, the lines don't completely connect. I get colors where I don't want them. Would Outline pens solve this? or would I be better off outlining the sketch in GIMP and color it after? To be frank, I'm better at drawing than I am at outlining in GIMP. I know how to use the tools, I just can't seem to get the lines right. Tracing, very carefully, with my hand just feels like it would be easier.