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SYAC - Q and A - Backgrounds by TomPreston SYAC - Q and A - Backgrounds by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

Backgrounds are a comic artist’s worse nightmare. We all struggle with them because they’re a pain in the neck to do, and yet they’re so essential. While some comics require more backgrounds than others, the important thing to remember is to just have FUN with them.
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SukiMitchell Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I soo suck at backgrounds...and perspective.
Yeah...I dove right into a pool once...compared to backgrounds...swimming for your life is much easier! 
AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
burninglilly Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been drawing for a few years now,
I did my best to learn to draw hands, I'm still having trouble with feet, my proportions still suck but I'm getting better,
but the number one thing I tried to avoid (and am still avoiding) is... backgrounds.
They're like enemy number 1 to me.
I never know what to put as a background and I never know what objects should go in it.
It's like the background needs to be as much the story as the characters are
and me just putting random objects would be a waste of graphite, ink and paper.
Not only that, if my proportions suck with characters you can only imagine for an EMPTY ROOM!
I can't put my characters inside an empty room! They wall is always crooked, or the room is too small.
Its problematic but I think maybe it's time to tackle this problem, take some of your advice and finally conquer my worst enemy.
ESCkid Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Saved my life =_=
Jacob3908 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This kind of stuff is very helpful.
Thank you!
hinatahime666 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
That's very helpful :)
I'm not very good at drawing but I enjoy it. I've noticed that all my drawings that include buildings are all mostly straight lines and rigid looking. Is there a way to change that?
You don't have to answer if you don't want to, I wasn't sure how to ask
VaguelyCreepy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I think one of the best ways to have fun with backgrounds is hiding jokes in them. It makes them more fun to draw, and to look at. Sneak in a subtle difference between panels, or pull perspective tricks, or just throw in some sort of absurdist joke. Of course, it doesn't really work for the more serious genres, but what you can do in those cases is throw in some world-building instead, like a news article or a background event.
LoneAsianCajun Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Very relevant read as I sit here in my Digital Imaging class trying to find a background for a project...hehe
gatoechado Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Great Lesson. Thanks!!!!
HynMayProductions Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
This actually does help with understanding background! Thanks! :D
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