Dear Muura, I'm a beginning artist struggling with how to add characters into backgrounds! Just minutes ago I lost it over a dude sitting at a table. I just wanted to headbutt my computer like the frustrated goat I am! Could you possibly help me shed a little light on this subject? You da best, AmbitiousGoat.
<p>Oh dear! i get your frustration completely, backgrounds are kind of a pain in the ass if you’re like me and have spent most of your life just doodling characters. I’ve learned to find ways to like drawing them though!<br/><br/>what you should do is not leave the background last, sketch the entire scene out and make sure the characters fit naturally with their surroundings, and that the composition looks good. if you draw the character first and the background as an after thought, the character just looks like it was pasted in. background elements are actually perfect for doing interesting compositions! and for stuff like, how people sit in front of tables and how their arms move when they’re leaning against something, GOOGLE is your friend! usually if you google [thing you want to draw] + art reference, a ton of stock photos should come up. a cool thing to do is also, while you’re browsing the million cool aesthetic blogs on tumblr, to reblog all the neat backgrounds or sceneries somewhere where you can look them up for reference later.<br/><br/>and do think of them as SURROUNDINGS instead of backdrops or something the characters hang out in, make them interact with objects, use perspective to make things interesting. a tip I heard that was pretty life changing to me, was to think of the surroundings as their own characters, and to design them as such. and, yeah, draw them in a way that is ENJOYABLE. if you dont want to use a liner to draw a building to make it perfectly symmetrical then why the fuuuuck should you. if you dont want to draw every single leaf in a tree then please do not! find your own ways to make backgrounds that complement your characters and that fits in with how you make things. <br/><br/>
I’m not probably the best person to ask this since I don’t even listen to my own advice, since drawing is hard and life is hard, but if you’re making comics then backgrounds are super important, you cant have your characters sitting in a void. or i guess you can, if you’re doing some sort of artsy art, or maybe comics about just your feelings, but, um, you know what i mean!<br/><br/>I hope this helps. i feel embarrassed to be asked this since my backgrounds are like, zero tier lmfao. for examples of really good backgrounds in comics you should look up <a href="http://www.praguerace.com/" target="_blank">PRAGUE RACE</a> or <a href="http://feralgentry.smackjeeves.com/" target="_blank">Feral Gentry</a> or <a href="http://phantomland.smackjeeves.com/" target="_blank">Phantomland</a></p>