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    Where should I get started with background drawing?

    Hello everyone,

    I'll start by saying I'm not entirely happy with where I am as an artist right now. That's not to put myself down, just own honest self-reflection. Up until recently I've been pretty aimless with my work, but I want to get into the animation field for background art / concept development. What I'm looking for are opinions of my work other than my own and some advice on how I should approach studying backgrounds from here on.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Lovely portfolio! If these are examples of your current work, could you show some examples of the type of background art you want to do? This could clarify what is missing and what could be improved on

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    Thank you very much,

    The artists I'm looking at the most right now have to be Makoto Shinkai, Simon Stalenhag, and Eyvind Earle. I admire their work for different reasons, and want to incorporate them into my own. Without going on for too long, I want to emulate Shinkai and Earle's attention to detail and Stalenhag's sense of mood / atmosphere.

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    I suggest you start picking an avatar that doesn't hurt my eyes.
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    These are some good artists to look up to. Where have you been looking for work in animation? Because I work in animation and I can tell your portfolio is good enough to find work for animation in television. Get hired first and work towards your goals slowly. You will gain more confidence and art ability if you work in animation for a period of time as long as you are in a good studio.

    Good luck

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    Respectfully, I'm not asking for advice on my avatar. I'm at least glad my work didn't hurt your eyes!

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    I feel like the places I've been looking at are too far over my head, since I don't have a degree in Illustration at the moment. The dream would be someplace like Disney or Pixar. I honestly don't know of many smaller studios in NYC, but I haven't looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyt View Post
    Thank you very much,

    The artists I'm looking at the most right now have to be Makoto Shinkai, Simon Stalenhag, and Eyvind Earle. I admire their work for different reasons, and want to incorporate them into my own. Without going on for too long, I want to emulate Shinkai and Earle's attention to detail and Stalenhag's sense of mood / atmosphere.

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    I think you have to work towards these goals slowly but before you know it you'll be seeing some good improvement! I think to start you should sit down and compare your art too the artists you admire. Look at them closely and start doing some studies that try to mix the strengths of your work with the details and skills you want from theirs.

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    - Your excellent colour with the detail of Earle's and and Stalenhag's interesting plant life.
    - Your simplistic style/shading with Shinkai's perception of depth and angles/buildings.

    Of course you can also do some direct studies with their work but finding some interesting middle ground would really help with letting your strengths and their strengths combine into the more complex style that you're looking while still having your art feel like yours.

    Goodluck !!

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    I haven't done too many exact copies of anyone outside of Earle yet. Stalenhag and Shinkai are relatively new influences, but I've always really loved the decorative aspect of Earle's work. Especially outside of his work with Disney.

    This started out as an attempt to make an exact copy, but I never followed through with it. It looked so daunting at the time, and scared me off before I finished. Doing this helped me see how he arranged his shapes before going into the details incrementally.

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    That's a great start, keep at it! The harder it is, the more you will learn

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