Including a Background

An effective background will draw the viewer’s eye to your subject and play a role in setting a mood. A background should always complement a drawing; it should never overwhelm the subject. Generally a light, neutral setting will enhance a subject with dark hair or skin, and a dark background will set off a subject with light hair or skin.

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SIMPLIFYING A BACKGROUND When working from a photo reference that features an unflattering background, you can easily change it. Simplify a background by removing any extraneous elements or altering the overall values.

STEP 1 With an HB pencil, I sketch in the basic head shape and ...

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