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When you do a drawing/painting/visual art, do you plan the backgrounds/environment WITH the character or make the BG/enviro last minute? 

70 deviants said I plan the whole drawing usually first or get a rough idea.
26 deviants said I never plan anything, everything is spontaneous.
14 deviants said I plan only the character, BG's aren't needed/not important so I make it up last minute
14 deviants said I don't draw BG's / enviros. Too hard or I'm lazy or don't want to.
5 deviants said other?

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kaseylsnow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sometimes both? If I know I'm making a full-blown illustration I map it all out thumbnail style beforehand. But sometimes doodles go crazy and I end up doing more than I originally planned, thus slapped-on b/g.
Stygma Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I roughly sketch the character and the main focuses of the background, especially the parts interacting with the character. I need to know early where will be my source(s) of light. After that, I focus on the character then the background.
LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm usually too lazy for backgrounds, but if I make one, I plan it layer by layer - first I draw the character and sketch what is in front of the character, I ink that, then I erase the first sketches and sketch what's behind the character.
KAL0PSIA Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
I plan them at the same time so I can create a composition which works with the character
Miukitty Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I plan the background before the character?? I generally paint the bg first and then think of how the character can naturally fit into the scene
Galvan1c-Miscr3ation Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If I do a full composition, then yes, I have an idea of how I want the background to look.  Sometimes when I'm drawing it things get tweaked (usually do to my incapacity to draw whatever I wanted it to look like lol).  

Other times I just add pretty things to a picture I drew that I did not intend to have a background just to make it look more complete.  
TheTinfoilRat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Uhh, all of the above? XD It depends, there are pictures I've done where I had an idea for the background from the get-go. And there are also times when I just don't plan anything. XD I guess if it has a background, it's more common that I put it in at the end. Ultimately though I do draw just characters with no background the most, so I suppose I'll go with that.
M-Lee08 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It all depends how important the background is. If it is intrigal part then yes I will. If it's going to be a solid or pattern I will just wing it and see what feels right.
GlyphBellchime Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It may depend. I sometime want the character to be in really big focus. If not, then I kinds slap-shod a background together.
Kaymaro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if drawing gonna has a bg I sketch it with character.
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