Dragons and Silk

High fantasy with some naked folk.
Bailiff Square
Bailiff Square
8th Jun 2020, 3:16 PM in Hungry Wolves
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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I had a seriously hard time with the backdrops in this page, because I knew what I wanted but I'm not good enough at backgrounds to get it.

I have to work on this stuff a bit more.
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Sheela
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Sheela
Curiously, I think this is one of your better backgrounds. πŸ˜€
But yeah, things like perspective can be a bitch, it's one of those things that you have to work on a whole life to master.

Also, surprised that the Wolf Knights drank the water and not all the booze first. πŸ˜‚
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I really hate my backgrounds. They take forever to draw, so they're very hard to practice in a timely manner... so they end up sucking forever.

And I might steal your joke.
Sheela
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Sheela
Feel free to steal it .. take it for a walk! 😁

Also, a friend of mine said, that while drawing backgrounds took a while, he also saw the most improvements while drawing them, compared to rest - So there may be light at the end of the tunnel yet. πŸ˜€
Also, I remember that at the beginning of this comic, you were talking about making it equally about the "small punch" and the "big punch" .. I'm sure that means that backgrounds will be needed for some of that !
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Yeah, it's just a lot of work and I don't have unlimited free time.
chrystal_dark
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chrystal_dark
Constructive criticism, I think panel three background, with the plaster missing off the corner, is actually confusing... It's not clear what is going in what direction until panel 4, and even then it's not obvious.

Mind you I doubt I could do any better...
(-)_(.) kadaka!
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(-)_(.) kadaka!
Yeah, I see it too. It's almost a split panel. Venne's shadow is like the previous panel so the wall looks flat behind her. But the brain extends the lines of the blocks to see a plane going through Venne, with Yrana looking closer at a half head higher which pushes Venne back into the wall.

So I'm guessing the plane of that shadow gets skewed at the same angle as the blocks so the shadow matches, with Venne moved forward (larger) so out of the plane, but at the same current scalp height with Yrana which seems to match the block skew.
ShoShone
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ShoShone
Mmm hmmm
Mmm hmmm



Yeah, nice shadow. ...

Hey, all I know is there's a consistent direction to the lighting and it works.
Rezby
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Rezby
It’s pretty obvious? Tia rounded a corner of a building and stopped to wave a greeting to the wolf knight as mouth mistress was still talking to Venne.
ShoShone
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ShoShone
I think it's the other way around. More like she was stopped by their unexpected presence and they made it a point to engage. Tia seemed a touch put off and turned away. Maybe she doesn't like them? Or finds them presumptuous and rude?
Damnatio
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Damnatio
I love your backgrounds, View.
Cuddle Lion
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Cuddle Lion
Ah, the plot... thins - as in watered down. get it? <rimshot>
Nah, I love the variety of perspectives on this page. Also, my old art teacher (from 8th grade) told us kids, "You know you are a good artist when you are never satisfied with your work. It's the guys who make hotel bedroom prints that are complacent."
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Eh, with my art, it'd have to be love hotels.
(-)_(.) kadaka!
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(-)_(.) kadaka!
Ah, art to inspire feats of greatness! Like you did with Cheer. "Oh Honey, if you could do that we'll need another hour!"
Dude Abides (Guest)
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Yeah, I hate doing perspective drawing, especially when vanishing points reside way out of the frame. Instead I learned Google Sketchup. It might take me a week to build a town/city in 3d, but after that, its just a matter of picking my camera angle, and then drawing the actors.
(-)_(.) kadaka!
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(-)_(.) kadaka!
Things are learned in different ways. I've had courses in mechanical drawing, aka drafting. I use blueprints. I notice lines, angles, surfaces. Backgrounds are largely mechanical drawings with added textures, hard objects, left brain stuff. Artistic drawing is presenting irregular shapes, soft objects, right brain stuff. So studying drafting should improve an artist's ability to do backgrounds.
That_One_Boi
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That_One_Boi
love the details of the corner in panel 3, the grooves in the building bricks are nice-
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Visually it was a good idea, but the composition needs work.
Lee M
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Lee M
What strikes me about this page is how the colouring on each panel is punctuated by little splashes of green. Works very well, I feel.
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It's on purpose! Teal-green is the color of Mouth.