Activity Industry Sector
Arts, Media & Entertainment

Activity Originally Created By: Mike Morris

Explaining the Importance and use of the Dagger Stroke in Clean Up

Part of Lesson Plan: Clean Up/Trace Back for Scan Ready Artwork

Activity Overview / Details

his lesson covers the the important animation studio production technique of clean up and trace back of drawings. It is essential that all drawings to be used in a production be properly cleaned up to ready for scanning into the computer.  Clean up on the actual drawing takes a fraction of the time it would take to repair or fix lines in the computer in an image editing program. Line based art work should be consistent and clean and all areas that are to eventually be colored and inked digitally should be closed off as shapes or enclosed areas. If there are gaps in a scanned drawing, when students attempt to fill areas with color, the color will spill into unwanted areas.The technique we are covering is the use of the dagger stroke, which is a tapered drawing stoke, that starts thin, becomes thicker and uniform, then tapers off at the end. Longer lines are created by overlapping the the thin ends of the strokes so that a solid consistent line is created. This is useful in creating longer lines, and curvilinear lines. At the end of this lesson you will have produced a rough sketch and a clean trace back of a character drawing that will be scan ready.