I prefer to use a distinct outline in my artwork, whether it’s using thin outlines or bold outlines. This helps to give a distinct look to a piece and is useful for achieving a certain mood. It can help pinpoint the viewer’s eye to a certain area. It also gives a stylised look, if that’s what you are hoping to achieve. However, it isn’t all about the final effect. When at the beginning stages of a piece, I find an outline defines the work before I add coloured pencils or paint.