Really the best way to do line work on the computer is in Painter. Painter
has a pen tool that allows you to do a few practice lines for max width and
min width which can then be saved into memory. Painter then renders the
line based based on how hard or soft you push down on the tablet based on
the line info in memory.
Using a tablet with the pen tool in Painter can be a very quick and
forgiving way to do line work. The downside to working in Painter is the
interface and the inability to freely rotate the surface at any angle. Some
can overcome the interface with frequent use but I find it still
frustrating since so many features are hidden to the user.
On a side note, if there is still room for workshops at the GNSI meeting
this summer, I would suggest contacting John Daugherty, medical
illustration instructor at UIC, to give a workshop on digital
illustration. His work is excellent, for those not familiar with him, and
it is almost completely digital. He uses alot of his sketch original sketch
in his illustration which makes his work look more traditional than the
illusrtators that use a simple outline sketch for tracing with paths.
Brad Loetel <[log in to unmask]>
Web Developer & Master
Digital Imaging Specialist
The Field Museum, Chicago