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Perspective! [artwork]

One of the most neglected, and yet simultaneously most important, aspects of comic art is drawing backgrounds. It doesn't matter quite as much in a comic strip, where a couple of talking heads floating in space has been the norm since Peanuts hit the papers, but in a comic book, you absolutely have to have a solid background in order to sell a scene.

This becomes doubly true if you're working on a fantasy story. It doesn't have to be realistic, necessarily, but it does have to look like your characters actually are somewhere. My new comic is a fantasy adventure, and the backgrounds are going to be vital to making it believable, so I figured some background and perspective practice is in order. The weather made getting out to draw some actual buildings a less-than-pleasing prospect, so I pulled out Barron's Perspective Drawing (Drawing Academy) and started going through the exercises in it.

Perspective exercises from 'Barron's Drawing Academy: Perspective Drawing'

Not too shabby in all. :) I guess that practice stuff pays off! The tricky part will be to keep doing good backgrounds when I'm putting characters in front of them, too...

-The Gneech

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dhlawrence
Oct. 3rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Looking good!
the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Thankee! :)

-TG
kelloggs2066
Oct. 3rd, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well done!

You know, I think drawing backgrouns is fun! :)
the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I agree. ;) I certainly know that when I put in the work to do the background, I'm generally more pleased with the results...

-TG
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the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
I think you may be overthinking my post. ;)

And thanks! :D

-TG
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suerankin
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
LOL! Agreed. And, yes, a fine job, Gneech.
the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Always fun to see improvement!

-TG
kyyanno
Oct. 3rd, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Few more doors either side of that long corridor, and there's plenty of opportunity for a scooby-doo moment :p

Nice work, I look forwards to more :)
the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
...except that foreground door is only something like 4' tall ... only Scooby could get in and out!

Thanks! :) Dunno how much of this stuff I'll post, but I enjoyed these.

-TG
dewhitton
Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
mmmm Tuskany.
the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
It makes me want garlic bread!

...but then again, almost everything makes me want garlic bread...

-TG
tchall
Oct. 4th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm, garlic bread!
dewhitton
Oct. 11th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
I meant to get back to you about this, but work got in the way.

When I was in Florence I was introduced to the "farmer's breakfast." It was a slab of soda bread with a clove of garlic rubbed all over. Sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper and fresh-pressed olive oil. I had to force myself to eat slowly, because I just wanted to stuff it in my face.

mmmmm
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the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Dankeschoen!

-TG
invisiblewolf
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
OMG...those are all really, really neat! I must commission you to do a landscape piece one of these days. :-)

-Spiritwolf.
the_gneech
Oct. 4th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
D'aww, gawrsh. Thanks! ^.^

I put Spiritwolf in the bridge one. ;)

-TG
tchall
Oct. 4th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Very well done! :)
rowyn
Oct. 4th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very nice! I espectally like the clifftop house one. :)
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