Here is an example of an inked fox image:
|A fox image, inked but not yet ready for painting because of the large, deliberate gaps in the lines.|
Here is the same image with the connecting strokes applied and made visible in blue.
|A detail of the first image, with connecting strokes visible.|
Here is an even closer view of the nose and brow area of the fox:
When using the Stroke or Brush or just about any other tool, be sure to take advantage of the instant-response Rotate View tool. This is one of the greatest and most useful tools available in most of the Toon Boom family of products from Studio on up through Animate Pro and Harmony, allowing you to spin your drawing surface to obtain the most effective angle for your hand. Rotate View is accessed on the Mac by pressing Alt+Command, and by a similar key combination on the PC. The drawing disc icon that appears indicates its function; it is just like spinning the animator's drawing disc that was set into a traditional Hollywood studio animation desk.
Sometimes the Stroke tool may be used in a more free-form or creative way than just for closing obvious gaps in lines. Here is an example of that.
|. The gaps between each pair of border lines are connected using a line with a curve not based on the angles or curves of the inked lines.|
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