How to Draw and Color Backgrounds

Drawing and color amazing backgrounds for your comics, concept art, and more.
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  • Lectures 51
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Welcome to How to Draw and Paint Backgrounds. I'm excited you're taking this course because you're a creative artist that wants awesome looking backgrounds. You're the reason I created this course and because many of my students requested it.

Beginner and established artists requested it.

If you're a beginner, you will learn step-by-step to draw and paint awesome backgrounds.

Even if you are already proud of your backgrounds, you will learn to draw and paint them on a whole new level.

You can do this. I know how I used to feel, like I would never draw or paint good backgrounds, landscapes, interiors, etc, but once I learned a few key points, I started to draw good backgrounds.

Here are a few of those key points that you will learn in this course.

  • Making perspective easy.
  • Composition:
  • Learning how to use the basics of Google Sketchup that will give you a jump start in drawing and painting backgrounds. It's almost like cheating, but great artists like the guy who draws for Dare Devil comics uses it.
  • How to use form in backgrounds.

So who is this guy, you might be thinking.

I am a top art instructor here at Udemy with over 10,000 students and a bestselling author on Amazon for “How to Draw Awesome Figures.”

So, hey, follow along with me by enrolling in the course and learn to draw and paint backgrounds like you never have before.

What are the requirements?

  • You need to know the basics of drawing.
  • You will need to download the free Google Sketchup

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw backgrounds that have correct perspective and light and shadow.
  • Paint backgrounds with proper colors and tone.
  • Draw awesome backgrounds for their comics

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone that wishes to draw amazing backgrounds for their art, such as comics, storyboards, paintings, illustrations, etc.
  • This course is not for those that already draw and paint amazing backgrounds.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Let's get started
Why you should take this course
Preview
01:51
Section 2: Concepts that will help you draw better backgrounds.
What is a background?
Preview
05:51
How to arrange objects
Preview
12:40
Exercise: Arranging objects
Preview
00:33
Set the mood by where we place the subject
Preview
03:59
Exercise: Set the mood
00:41
Section 3: Composition
14:43

These are not hard rules. They are more like guidelines.

  1. Having a center of interest
  2. Area
  3. Framing
  4. Spacing
  5. Value and Color
  6. The 70/30 rule
  7. Leading lines/Shapes. Patterns, symmetry
  8. Depth.
  9. Rule of thirds


Exercise: Which of the 9 rules can you spot?
00:30
Rule 1: Center of Interest
12:26
Exercise for center of interest
00:48
Rule 2: Area--How to Use Panels or your Canvas
04:05
Exercise for panels
01:08
Rule 3: Framing
06:38
Exercise for framing
01:00
Rule 4: Spacing
04:13
Exercise or spacing
00:55
Rule 5: Value and Colors
07:28
Exercise for value and colors
00:56
Rule 6: The 70/30 rule
05:37
Exercise for the 70/30 rule
01:14
Rule 7: Leading Lines
11:44
Exercise for leading lines
01:07
Rule 8: Depth--Overlapping--Creating the illusion of 3D
11:39
Exercise for adding depth
01:35
Rule 9: Rule of thirds
03:54
Exercise for rule of thirds
01:18
Section 4: Perspective
Perspective in a nutshell
15:50
Exercise for perspective
01:08
Section 5: Drawing a sci-fi background
Sketching the background
08:09
Fixing the perspective of our sketch
14:18
Adding details to our sketch
14:01
How to Ink your backgrounds
18:01
How to value paint backgrounds
19:36
Adding basic colors to the background
11:14
How to draw building lights and details
19:30
How to color signs and glass for buildings
07:51
Adding the rest of the city lights to the background buildings
13:10
Coloring details for the flying train and tunnel
19:09
Coloring the buildings with the key light
08:30
Adding lights and signs
19:56
Coloring the ground: how to paint lights and rainy ground
10:49
Coloring the trees
02:56
Coloring the subway guy
05:39
Coloring Robot Girl
04:51
Coloring the main character
02:43
Coloring the taxi
08:28
Adding finishing touches
03:39
Exercise for sci-fi background
01:48
Section 6: Google Sketchup overview
How to use Google Sketchup for backgrounds
19:57
Exercise for Google Sketchup
01:29
Section 7: Conclusion
Conclusion: Thank you for taking my course
02:29

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Instructor Biography

Neil Fontaine, Art Instructor-Comic Artist-writer

I'm a best selling author on Amazon for "How to Draw Awesome Figures."

I studied art at different schools, one of them being a community college in San Jose, Ca. Over the years, subjects in art finally clicked. I teach these subjects in ways that make it easy to grasp. It's hard to brag about myself, but students have written me emails saying how they have learned more from me than they did in art schools, art schools such as Academy of Arts in San Franscico. That blew my mind because it's supposed to be a great school.

I'm also a writer that has sold novels. http://masteredit.info

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