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    BACKGROUND ARTISTS! I have questions!

    Hi everyone,

    I'm taking a background/layout design class right now.

    When you create the background, how do you determine the timing of how long a character is walking from one spot to another on a bg? Some walk cycles are fast and some are slow so I don't understand that.

    What is the difference between a layout and background? Are there background artist that just do backgrounds and layout artists that just do layouts or do they both mix into one job?

    How do you call a background. I saw some background art and on the bottom it says what will happen in the shot. Sort of like a storyboard.
    Like it said.... 7Field, Interior shot, Hallway, blah blah Time 02 seconds and O.S. and all that stuff. Is there a specific order to all that stuff? What do you need to write on the bottom of your layout or background?

    What makes a background good? How detailed backgrounds keep the viewer's attention onto the character or the path your eye is suppose to travel?

    How do you get a job as a background artist?

    Haha... Sorry... I know that was like a billion questions but I am very interested. It looks very fun. How much does a background artist get paid?


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    I think you would do better if you posted in an animation forum. This forum is for concept art. We have some great matte painters and environmental aritst, but your questions seem specific to traditional animation layout and background.

    I see your taking a background class. You do have a lot of questions, but I think your instructor should be able to answer most of them.

    Layout and background have different meanings depending on what form of animation you are working in. In a computer animation company a layout person blocks out sets and camera work to hand over the the animation department. In television animation, most of the work is shipped overseas. The character layout department roughs in poses to give to animators in another country to follow. The background artists on a show follow storyboards to draw out backgrounds for character layout and that will be painted by a background painter. There really isn't any traditional feature animation in production right now, so unfortunately there isn't work there.

    In CG the layout department is a lot like cinematography. In television there arent' as many background artist positions as there are for an animators or layout. The jobs are fewer and harder to get, but the pay is better. I hope that helps a little bit.

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    If you post this question in the animation forum of awn you would get it answered quickly ----> awn forum

    Btw: 7 field is a term used for animators to determine how big their workspace /drawing space is. They use a field guide , like a piece of plastic sheet that's subdivided into different fields, from 1 to 12.
    Hope that helped a bit

    Ciao

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    And they're goddamn expensive.

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