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    Hi. I have noticed adult colouring books are everywhere. I am relatively new to graphic design, and I was wondering how people create these abstract line drawings. They don't look like they are drawn by hand. I tried to make one, but I can't keep my mouse steady for the minute details. Is there a "special" mouse, like a stylus that would do this? Thank you in advance.
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    Looks hand drawn to me. Hand drawn with a pen, that is.

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    • #3
      Lots of detail in the example. But the lack of precision is characteristic of hand drawings.

      If you want to create patterns like that using computers, you have to know the math behind the patterns to make it precise. Else it's faster to do by hand but not as precise.

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      • #4
        A lot of them seem to be based on spirograph techniques.
        Others are more likely done with pen and ink rather than a computer program. Perhaps drawing by stylus too.

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        • #5
          I would hand draw this too. I used to keep a book with me and fill it up with doodles not too different from this.
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          • #6
            Yes it looks hand drawn and this can be done on paper and scanned to the computer, better still, directly on a tablet or iPad which is much easier than trying to do line work with a mouse.

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            • #7
              Hi Linda and welcome to GDF.

              We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes. No, you haven't done anything wrong, we ask every new member to read them. Your first few posts will be moderated, so don't panic if they don't show up immediately. Enjoy your stay.
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              • #8
                I think that initially most coloring book artists would create their pages by hand, but I've noticed more and more artists switching to digital. It's a growing trend to see these authors live-stream their page creation on Facebook. It looks like most of them are using Wacom tablets to do this. I've seen a couple of these videos where the artists are using Cintiqs, so you know their books must be selling pretty well!

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                • #9
                  The sample you posted is a doodle. I see those books all the time too, and I find it amazing that someone (many people) figured out how to turn a buck from their doodles. They're fun to draw...just get a black fine art pen and some decent paper and go for it.

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