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CD design background tutorial by mayshing CD design background tutorial by mayshing
Sample background used in tutorial was done for: 6:10

The tutorial I promised :iconcaliforniaclipper:

Finally got to it, she asked more about the process of design so that's what I did.

I did not tap into the method, but more of the basic concept, and tools you can use to help yourself with.


Every illustrator uses references, heavily.

We don't whip things out of nothing.


Other useful tutorials, sites mentioned:

:star: Perspective: [link]

:star: Colors: [link]

:star: Stock photos: [link]

:star: When to check your perspective:

:bulletred: Speedpainting: [link]

:bulletred: Speedpainting2: [link]
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:iconfrappe7:
Frappe7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
wow great tips! I've been thinking about practicing this, i suck at BGs DX
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yooci Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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Niori Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! THe forest of mushrooms. OwO It was amazing to see that in A Letter to Father.
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mharkz187 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Thanks, your the beast....lol
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sashas Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really very helpful. I used the perspective tool a while back, since I saw you posted it in your journal, but I haven't used sketch up yet. Also, I really enjoyed the videos you posted on your blog about the colored shadows; I'm reading a Theory of Colours by Goethe, and I see a lot of overlap.

Thanks for being so helpful,
Sasha
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
sketch up is a 3D program that's a freeware, its meant to be easy to learn. :)
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:iconsashas:
sashas Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I've used blender 3d so I don't think it will be too hard. I just to have to sit down and learn to use it.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
if u used blender you don't need sketch up, but sketch up can do things fairly fast, and u can download free models to work from on your layout. it helps.
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sashas Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
From what I've seen, sketch up looks a lot faster, especially for architectural models. Because of the lack of tools, it seems streamlined. I'll probably continue to use blender for organic models. I think I'll check out the free models you mentioned. Thanks.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
once u download sketch up, you can use one of their buttons to just download the free models directly into sketch up, turn it to the angle you desire and export as tiff. That helps a lot when you need references.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:hug: ur welcome.
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:iconwandarocket:
WandaRocket Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing :D
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:iconmrcontroversial:
mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very inspiring and an incredible read. Thanks for setting this up! :)
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:iconcaliforniaclipper:
CaliforniaClipper Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How neat, you did it!

Looks like I'm not the only artist who wanted to see this, either. =)
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
hope it helps. :P
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:iconbobredding:
BobRedding Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Thank you for this brilliance. .
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amyanimalover Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Filmographer
You are, by far, the most HELPFUL deviantwatch'd person I've ever stalked upon~ Never thought of using premade guides, so thanks for the tip!
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
your welcome. I am glad to hear that. XD
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AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really useful. I've always had problems with backgrounds >.< Thanks~~ :iconinloveplz:
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Lone-n-Bitter-Ro Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Crap I never thought of doing that. Before I was only really good at characters but at best could only do simple cityscapes(though laziness also plays a role lmao) Thanks for the tut May! XD
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Pennyadodumuss Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could be useful.
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FantasyGirl105 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Wow, the picture at the end looks so cool! I'm a fantasy person. So wait, you draw the picture then scan it to the computer then u edited it? X3
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
i can do bgs from computer directly or scan it, i usually prefer to do it on paper first then scan.
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FantasyGirl105 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
That's gotta be alot of work to scan the entire picture. =_=
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
not really... O.o well, when u scan animation that's another story.
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FantasyGirl105 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Oops, I meant that after you scan the picture you drew, you have to outline it. I saw my older brother do it. =P
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
i just put a basic color on top, color it to some point, then fade, blur the outline and merge down, and detail over it, i don't bother tracing it again.
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FantasyGirl105 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Oh, I see. XP
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Gold. Pure gold!
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Skyelark Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
;A; thanks again for another beautiful tutorial. Has anyone told you, you should get a booth at places like comicon? Or maybe teach classes for struggling art students?
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
i am sort of an art teacher at a private center... and i do panels at times in conventions, i hope to do more.
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Skyelark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Oh! That's really cool, I hope you can publish a book or something after your animation and stuff goes into mass production (I follow your E-depth comic and some of your comments with your art. Not a stalker, I swear :sweatdrop: ). Other "teachers" can't really articulate well enough to personify how to go about the techniques if you just don't "get it". Your stuff though, it's like the "art for newbies" manual though. =) Thank you for publishing what you have.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
yeah, for techniques, many books and resources share those very well, but if there's no right concept that's linking it up, the new comer may not "get it"
My teaching is just trying to bridge that gap if i can, sometimes its difficult,
I personally like it when it's easier to understand with visuals and comic.
I learned to swim by myself reading a comic. XD
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Skyelark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
I like following some of the works people post on here and the videos of their work-process. I can watch that sort of stuff over and over. It's kind of soul soothing. That's what I love about art.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:nod:
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Elleron77 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great help :D
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DarkHalo4321 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Lovely job. I really loved this background :D It looked like it would be fun to walk in :) I feel kind of smart now since I do take a lot of reference pictures with my camera. Even with my camera phone. Sometimes I feel awkward taking pictures while walking. haha but it's fun.
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carpenocturne Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Filmographer
Haha, my brother has that mushroom book. It is quite detailed.
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x-Ren-x Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I find this incredibly useful, as it takes an easy approach, and tells us things which may be simple but we tend to forget.
Thanks so much for sharing, I really needed some help on the subject!

Things like using references or the tools we have available at the moment are easily overlooked.
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010   General Artist
I'll be able to put this in practice later (especially the perceptive site) as this semester I have environments/characters and a perspective class. Great little tutorial! =D
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