I deleted my old Deviant Art profile/gallery today and made one for LazyGoddess, and in adding images, I was inspired to finish some of the ones I’d
abandoned saved for a later date. I decided to trace some things (I was NOT about to attempt the Cho Ku Rei freehand with my nemesis The Pen Tool!), and had an “A-Ha!” moment. Outline means OUTSIDE OF THE LINES. I was putting anchors right on the image I was tracing, and getting frustrated when it wasn’t turning out like I wanted it to. If I placed the anchors just outside of the image though, it turned out much better. Yay!
This revelation brought me back to the moment when I learned the opposite lesson many years ago. My cousin (who totally stole my Barbie leather jacket! (Maybe)) and I were coloring one day, and I snottily said “I’m outlining first so the color stays nice and even.” She replied “Well, I’m inlining it.” I looked, and her color lines were on the coloring side of the black outlines instead of outside of them like mine were…and it totally looked better than mine. I use her technique to this day!