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OKAY, so this is me going out on a limb , but i have a piece i need to complete for a final class project. Im doin a japanese geisha theme. I always have trouble with backgrounds.. and i DID have a thumbnail but i totally scraped it .. so im winging it now.
here are some pics of what im doing. anyone wanna help?
maybe ref pics? idk.
Last edited by desireeluv; December 6th, 2007 at 11:16 PM. Reason: meh?
The best thing to do in this situation, where a setting has not been concieved right from the start is to simply imagine the figure/figures in front of a wall. In this case a screen I guess. The wall/screen has to be imagined in a definite spacial situation relative to the figure, say, 10 feet away and recieving the same light. Keep it simple and pretty flat - maybe add a design on the wall as a handy way to balance things up if you need to.
From Gegarin's point of view
keeping it as simple as possible is always a gd bet, the last thing you want to do is make it look cluttered. the screen ideas good. but its a nice piece.
Ha! My first idea was a screen, too. It's so Japanese-y.
So it would be a slightly off-square shape (or several) and you could very lightly paint in a Japanese design. Something that echoes the print on the kneeling figure would be nice.
That, or big black blobs of ink for a background. But if I'm gonna do that, I always do it first, because of the risk of blowing the whole thing. Welcome to the I Suck at Backgrounds Club, by the way.
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
HAHA yea i think I OWN the "I Suck at Backgrounds" Club.. not to mention the .. "I hate drawing feet" Club.. and the "There the hell is your perspective" Club.
Anyways Thanks guys for your advice will def keep you all updated...
heres an update.. any suggestions?
Make sure to either make your figures more defined or background darker because right now they blend together far too much...but I'm sure your still in the process
Is that a cigarette butt I see in your water cup!!!!
It looks like it is coming on well. Difficult to see how its all hanging together because of you photographing it in two sections along with the pencils etc - but it does give an idea of scale. The screen is being handled really well and I like the way you are using its dark brown bars to connect things together. Be careful not to overdo it but use it where it really counts. Interested to see this when you are done.
From Gegarin's point of view
looks awesome =) looking forward to seeing the end result, good luck!
btw... am i the only one in the "i-hate-drawing-hands-club" here? O_O
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Your figures are looking awesome!
In the first picture in your update, the standing one's shoulder is just touching one of the bars in the background, making a tangent. D:
Whatever else you decide to do with the background, don't let it take away from the lovely figures.
Interesting scene good anatomy and good setup overall although I do wanna see it comepetely done. Cripes, this is great!
i think you did well with that scene youve drawn all the women rly nicely.
and it seems im a member of most of the same clubs you are lol especialy the feet lol.