In spite of being a kinda-IT-guy, I’m not completely into digital stuff… I like music played with instruments and I also like hand drawn art, so that’s the way I do my line art. First I do a sketch with pencil and then use marker.
When I’m done, I scan the drawing and get something like this:
You may notice that the black lines are a bit grayish, also the white background. If you have some experience with image editing you’ll probably tell me to manually correct the contrast and brightness. But I’m too lazy, so I use Inkscape.
Inkscape is freeware; you can download it here and live happily forever.
So, the cool thing about Inkscape is that it “re-draws” your image (if it is intended to be b/w). You just need to open the image, click on it, use Shift + Alt + B and you’ll get something like this:
When you press the OK button, the process will start and when It’s over you’ll get something nice like this:
But that’s not all, look closer, those are vectors! Look at the popcorn guy! Isn’t he beautiful?
Now, I can has color. Inkscape also has the good ol’ paint bucket.
You’ll have to configure some options for it to work fine…
Hope It’s useful. :)