When drawing a background digitally in a piece with characters in it, do you draw the background behind the characters too?
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Yes, I (almost) always refine those parts with a level of detail similar to the actual visible parts.
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No, I (usually) don't, or I use only a very rough level of detail.
29%
It varies, depending on the drawing.
40%
I don't draw digitally/at all/I use only one layer, or I don't add background scenes to my work.
5%
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Published: November 22, 2018
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I used to. I remember having done a beautiful background, even when the character was removed. As of now, well... My backgrounds are never that interesting so I just do the whole background anyway since it's fast to do. If there are things not right with the background behind the characters however I won't change them. I remember recently doing only a part of the object since the rest couldn't be seen, and I couldn't bother doing sticks with Shift anymore so I stopped.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
That's fair! I don't bother doing the stuff behind the background anymore, either.
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SekiiRei Digital Artist
Oh god never, that's such a waste of effort LOL. No one's ever gonna see it and I'm lazy, so nope xD

the only time there'd ever be anything behind the characters in my works is if I did the background as practice, and decided to add some characters in later 
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, same! I'm too lazy to do work that won't show up :XD:
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HummingmouseyHobbyist Digital Artist
HMMMMMM usually not to be honest, haha! Behind my characters, there is usually a mess of unrendered blobs of colours and lighting. But for animation i usually do, ye c:
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Same,,,,,,, it's a mess behind the characters.
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RoxalewHobbyist Digital Artist
It varies :D sometimes its easier to draw the background on a separate layer if your unsure what characters to add so you can remove them or replace them. Though if your have everything all-ready planned out then they just all go together and are colored in one layer.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that makes sense! :)
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RoxalewHobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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PoonieFoxProfessional Traditional Artist
I always make them as a whole, so i have the freedom to move the character around if i wish to xD
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
That is clever, yea! :la:
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imakocoaStudent Filmographer
Sometimes !! for particularly complex pieces where the character is far enough from all the background elements that their shadows/etc dont show up, like in jug over hare i often draw the characters completely seperately so it’s easier to make sure all my perspective lines and stuff in the background are right, and i usually end up fully rendering it too so that the lighting can be right too xD (although i often start off with the parts behind the characters, so i can get my Technique right before it actually counts lol)
but other than that, no! i draw characters and backgrounds on the same layers, just so it’s easier to blend them into the enviroments and there isnt really any way to take the characters away TO draw below them x3
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I get that! That does make sense :la:
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BloodRedKitHobbyist General Artist
i rarely  do backgrounds and my skill level leaves them with little detail as a whole

Also, MOST times when i do backgrounds, i do the background first, but usually backgrounds are done for ARPG stuff like activity rolls where its kinda just a general thing

i do take into consideration a "whole" background in my thought process when doing backgrounds on my traditional works as well, but obviously it is never fully drawn
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that makes sense! I do them last (or well, shading after the background) although I will usually sketch them in with the characters.
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flyteckHobbyist General Artist
It depends - since I write a comic, I'll fully block backgrounds I know I'll be re-using so I don't have chunks missing (I re-shade each time though; I just reuse lines + colours). But for one off pieces I never do; not worth it.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
That makes sense, yes! In my case it usually isn't worth it either :XD:
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TheElvenJediHobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to generally block the colours of the ground/sky/trees etc in, but other than that I won't waste my time throwing an excessive amount of detail into it if you're not gonna see it anyways (cause its behind the character haha :dummy: )

I always put full detail into the bits you CAN see tho :) 
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, same, I don't really detail the parts behind either, because I'm just, what's the pOINT,
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TheElvenJediHobbyist Digital Artist
IKR, why waste the time and energy when its HiDDEN ANyWAys xD


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Wolfhowler9880Hobbyist Digital Artist
almost always ill neglect the part of the background covered by the character, sometimes if im really in a rush or just not feeling it then i just dont draw the background behind the character at all xD
Fghdhfghd by Wolfhowler9880  
it just feels like so much work that you waste when you take the time to render the entire background and then cover half of it with a character, but at the same time it helps the background flow better and if you need to move the character you dont need to do a a million touch ups, sO I DUNNO
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
YEA THAT'S WHAT MY PIECES LOOK LIKE WITHOUT A CHARACTER TOO HIUGYFTDFGUJKH
I rarely move the character, and I will usually sketch the whole background, but then when it comes to rendering it's a lot of time hhhhhh
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AwesomeFoxgirl02 Artisan Crafter
I always drawing the background with some forest and flowers and trees and river and animals and birds 💖.
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SpitfiresOnIceHobbyist Digital Artist
I see ^^
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