Because this is generally helpful. Everyone has a different method, and I find this tutorial to be very similar to my own. It's not so much about cleanliness and perfection as it is about "building a sketch".
What I was trying to get at though was that I have seen 50+ more tutorials that follow this process, and in the end create something eye catching, with little to no issues. I can agree that this one is simple and easy to follow, but it just isn't Daily Deviation worthy.
I've said numerous times that I get the tutorial and I know what she's doing, BUT because of the many issues in this piece, it is my honest opinion that it is not Daily Deviation worthy. She's not teaching software, but technique and process, so yes, the quality in the end is important. And quality is what is supposed to get you on the front page.
This is really handy! I always seem to ditch the 'stick-man' stage before drawing, which is really stupid because I think it's really important for building a sense of movement (something I lack) and keeping proportions right.
Thanks for your very helpful and descriptive tutorial! The only downfall is that when you're drawing by hand, you cannot make new layers or hide them and such! But still, that can be fixed by just using pencils lightly and an erasing later, methinks. Thank you again!
*sigh* If I had known this was going to get viewed more, I would have just drawn in the damn sword... Ok, this is the finished drawing: [link] The fist was foreshortened to go around a rapier grip that I just didn't draw in for the quick sketch hence the awkwardness.
To modify this technique for paper, use photo-blue pencils for the underdrawing and start off light. Pentel makes photo blue pencil lead for mechanical pencils, though I prefer Staedtler (it's more expensive and you usually have to order it from out of the US, but it erases a bit easier). You may have to ask for it in an art store, since it's usually locked up for some reason