Creating Concept Art Inspired Backgrounds with Lineart
Hello! I'm trying to work on the storyboards for a fantasy comic, and I'm having trouble with the backgrounds. Most of the works I'm looking at for inspiration, and that carry the kind of mood I'm looking for, are all concept art and digital paintings. One of the opening page spreads I'm working on is a view of the main protagonist looking over a valley, and in the distance is a mountain range with a pair of face statues carved in the side, sort of forming a gateway of sorts. I'm trying to keep the entire work in a per say "manga style", but I want it to diverge from that as well to give it some personality and uniqueness. All in all, it's really hard to get the look I'm going for with lineart. Does anyone have any advice on how I might achieve this?
And apologies if this seems like a really vague question. I'm not entirely sure what questions I should be asking so I just kind of puked my thoughts into a thread. Haha.
Honestly, that's what I've been trying to do... I just can't find a lot of environmental drawings out there. Most of them are either concept art/paintings, or if they're lineart they're more along of the lines of structures and cities than actual landscapes.
So far my solution is going through environments that I feel best represent the mood I'm going for (I spent an hour or two taking screenshots in Darksiders II) and studying the shapes and figuring out how to apply it. But I'm still starting from a blank slate, and it would be awesome if I could find somewhere that really deals with this subject.
Study more manga and ink illustration. If you're going to be working in a medium, become familiar with the best work that has been done in that medium. For fantasy you'll be looking at the old fairytale and adventure story illustrators like Willy Pogany, Joseph Clement Coll, Aubrey Beardsley and John R. Neill. Booth is nice too.