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Resource: Spoopy Background by return-null Resource: Spoopy Background by return-null
Messed around with the Materials library to make a background for my Rikka picture to help me decide on the shading... But it's so darrrrk. I don't know if I'm going to stick with it...

Figured I'd post it here since I never do backgrounds, and even if I don't use it, I think it turned out okay (though this was more assembly than drawing).

Feel free to use, but fave, credit back to this page, and post a thumbnail in the comments if you use it.
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CoattailsOfJustice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this as a thing on it's own. I actually thought from the thumbnail that it was a photo. xD But I agree that without adjusting the lighting on either the background or character it would look very out of place. ((which is one reason why it's a good idea to work on both character and background at the same time, which also helps figure out composition)) Lighting can be easy to fix though, especially if you just paint on some extra layers and use some screen/multiply layers with it. My only real suggestion for the picture itself would be to not use straight lines across when painting on the grass. The lower half and the part behind the fence look good, but the middle part has some very definite lines which take away from the whole. Also adding the shadow of the fence might be a good touch, since the moon behind it seems to be the light source.
Overall it looks really good and it would be a shame not to use it for something at some point. c:
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return-null Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I definitely need to do some art with characters actually in the scene from the getgo. I think part of why the middle looks iffy is because I had the character in there at some points and then hid it for this post, there are a couple places where I would have been drawing blind.

The shadow of the fence is a really good suggestion! Maybe I'll poke around with the contrast some more and give it a shot anyway.

Thanks for the feedback and encouragement!
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CoattailsOfJustice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Backgrounds are hard. And getting them to match the character is double so. OTL Keeping the character in whole you draw the background can be both a good and bad idea, since you know where you won't have to actually draw since it'll be covered but there's also always the chance you'll want to re-scale the character or move them a bit. Grass is also just super annoying anyway since it's so tedious and time consuming. OTL Remember to change up the length of the blades from the background to foreground and change the direction it bends in. The different colors you've got going on in there is a great start. c:
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Tirius99 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's a little too dark for the pose.  Though you could always add fantasy light elements to the background for additional light sources.  The biggest issue I have with this background is how the style was drawn doesn't fit well with your Rikka.  It's like yeah it's a different artist for the background.
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return-null Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, how dark it was was definitely going to be an issue. I would have probably had to darken the colors of the character and lighten/saturate the background. And any believable lighting in that scene would have to be more ambient than I am comfortable with at my skill level.

As far as "It's like yeah it's a different artist for the background." I can't say I really want to avoid that look, as that's pretty much the truth with any anime. I do probably need to learn how to draw softer backgrounds that blend in with the characters.
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