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The Background Dilemma

I feel the dilemma that each one colorists have no matter their expertise is the background. When I used to be a newbie, I admired in awe how individuals can do a strong black background with out streaks. I looked for the perfect media to do a strong shade background. As my expertise grows, so is my want to do extra superior wanting background. I’ve to say the stress to realize an ideal background may be very actual. Even the choice to go away it clean is a choice that doesn’t come flippantly. So I’d like to indicate you a few of my background selections within the items that I accomplished these days and discuss a bit concerning the ideas behind the choices I made.

The final difficult

In the featured picture above, I added koi fishes as background with pebbles beneath. I’d say it’s the final word difficult background I’ve ever executed.

I watched a video by “Let’s make art” on YouTube on tips on how to paint koi fish with watercolor someday and I remembered this lovely illustration of Water Lily within the e book Daydreams by Hanna Karlzon. It’s a lightweight bulb second – in fact it makes excellent sense to have koi fishes in a lily pond. Watercolor doesn’t all the time work prefer it ought to with non-watercolour paper. Wet on moist approach to have wonderful colours mixing into one another doesn’t work effectively on coloring e book paper. Luckily Hanna’s books have top quality thick paper so not less than it could face up to an affordable diploma of wetness. I simply have to recollect to not over drench it. As you’ll be able to see the end result appears fairly good.

Painting Koi fish as a background by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

I beloved the fishes a lot that the background dilemma haunted me once more. This time it was how to not damage a background with one other background. I contemplated simply doing a deep darkish greenish/blueish shade to offer a way that it’s water however I bought formidable and determined to do pebbles. The pebbles needed to be type of blurry as a result of they have been below water. Hence I used coloured pencils with a really gentle contact.

Drawing pebbles as background for the Koi fish pond by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

Drawing pebbles as background for the Koi fish pond by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

I’m actually proud of the end result and positively proud that I took the chance of ruining my fishes. The approach I demonstrated on YouTube about creating rocks nonetheless applies in creating these tiny pebbles, I simply needed to go actually gentle and used coloured pencils solely to tone it down. Here’s the weblog about rocks.

Background first or after

Someone requested me if I’ve a method after I strategy a bit. The sincere reply is I normally have a imaginative and prescient of what I feel I would like the web page to appear like. What temper I wished it to convey. That determines plenty of issues resembling the colour palette, how I approached the background. When I checked out an illustration, generally I instantly know what I wish to do for the background like this piece in Imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes. I beloved the basic really feel of the string/brass devices and the background shade must be a deep wealthy brown. So for this piece, I accomplished the background first. I’ve to confess that doing the background first one way or the other offers me aid like whew now that’s out of the best way.

The Musical Conch from Imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes, colored by Betty Hung, colorart.ca

The Musical Conch from Imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes, colored by Betty Hung, colorart.ca

There are instances that I don’t know what I wished to do with the background earlier than I accomplished the principle “characters. This is normally a bit that I chosen as a result of I like the drawing a lot. Here’s a few examples to indicate the earlier than and after background look. Usually when this occurred, I used to be frightened of doing a foul background and wasted all my efforts with the principle.


Collage of before and after background coloring by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

Collage of before and after background coloring by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

No background

There have been some circumstances that I saved wanting on the piece after I completed coloring the illustration and I couldn’t consider a background that may improve the piece. I even felt fairly strongly background would distract the great thing about the piece. I would like you to understand it’s completely fantastic to go away a white background.

A special strategy

In the piece under that I haven’t completed but, I averted the query of background first or final by doing each every part concurrently. See how I accomplished the work from left to proper?

How to color both background and foreground at the same time by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

How to color both background and foreground at the same time by Betty Hung - colorart.ca   How to color background and foreground together by Betty Hung - colorart.caHow to color background and foreground together by Betty Hung - colorart.ca

Now significantly, not every bit is appropriate for this strategy. If you’ve gotten plenty of empty area for a background, you’ll be able to’t cut up it up utilizing this methodology. This is a enjoyable method of coloring however solely appropriate for pages the place you’ve gotten plenty of various things happening and the background coloring methodology you want is repeatable simply.

Happy Coloring

I’d love to listen to your background tales/experiences. I feel colorists have a love/hate relationship with backgrounds. The most vital factor is to maintain experimenting, dare to attempt one thing you haven’t tried earlier than. A pure black background can get boring after some time. Mind you, I completely respect black background, it’s not simple to have a superbly coloured black background. Above all, have enjoyable my fellow colorists.









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