How to Draw and Color Backgrounds
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How to Draw and Color Backgrounds

Drawing and color amazing backgrounds for your comics, concept art, and more.
4.7 (90 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,797 students enrolled
Created by Neil Fontaine
Last updated 1/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Draw backgrounds that have correct perspective and light and shadow.
  • Paint backgrounds with proper colors and tone.
  • Draw awesome backgrounds for their comics
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Requirements
  • You need to know the basics of drawing.
  • You will need to download the free Google Sketchup
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.

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
51 Lectures
06:13:44
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Let's get started
1 Lecture 01:51
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Concepts that will help you draw better backgrounds.
5 Lectures 23:44
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Composition
20 Lectures 01:32:58

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


Preview 14:43

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
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Perspective
2 Lectures 16:58
Perspective in a nutshell
15:50

Exercise for perspective
01:08
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Drawing a sci-fi background
20 Lectures 03:34:18
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
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Google Sketchup overview
2 Lectures 21:26
How to use Google Sketchup for backgrounds
19:57

Exercise for Google Sketchup
01:29
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 02:29
Conclusion: Thank you for taking my course
02:29
About the Instructor
Neil Fontaine
4.5 Average rating
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23,803 Students
13 Courses
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