What’s the big deal about Backgrounds?
It’s not just your characters that can have personality and moods — your backgrounds do too! Are your backgrounds bringing out the best in your work, or are they missed opportunities?
They matter to everyone
This isn’t just for long-form comics either — It can be key for a comedic strip.
In honor of Spaceman Spiff, let’s dedicate this first contest to…
Draw a setting that makes you think of Adventure! Exploration, daring escapades, narrow escapes, piles of treasure, outlandish threats — what kind of place can you imagine? Show us, and send it in!
I’ll be judging on imagination, creativity, and the person that best captures the theme. Not “what’s the prettiest, most perfect drawing.” So go wild, have fun, and try new things!! The reward goes to the risk takers. Or, should I say, THE BEST ADVENTURER!
The creator of the winning entry will be sent a copy of one of my top recommended books for learning perspective!
The Due Date
Send your entries in to THIS ADDRESS with the subject WA CONTEST by Wednesday, August 22nd! Winners will be posted August 24th.
Need some help?
You can use the same perspective grid I did! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BIG (~7MB) .PSD FILE! I’ve found laying out a grid really helps me with making backgrounds.
I know that using a grid can sometimes be intimidating. I recommend starting with a simple drawing, and working from there. Experiment with distant backgrounds, mid-ground, and foreground. You can see my steps in the animation below: