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Cool Cars / Cartooning by Jack Keely

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Location, Location

As in real estate, location is everything when it comes to cartooning. Back grounds tell a story and set the stage for the action. Remember to keep your backgrounds fairly simple—include just enough detail to make it clear where the action is taking place. Back-grounds should accent the action, not overshadow the star of the scene.

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Photo © Wesley Allison

USING PHOTO REFERENCESPhoto references can be helpful, but don’t feel obliged to duplicate every detail. For example, in the illustration below I omitted elements such as the lamppost and the truck to the far left, as well as the details on the right side of the building. I ...

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