Please do not copy this background. As I say in the video, use this as a guide to paint your OWN backgrounds. If you copy artwork for practice, do not post it online. Thanks!

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hi friends this is little sketches today is the video that you've been asking and asking me for a background painting tutorial I am a professional background painter at Disney I paint backgrounds 40 hours a week on the show tangle the series so drawing a painting backgrounds on my off time it's not exactly my priority but you guys asked nicely so here we are I'm gonna go over some tips for artists who are starting out designing and painting environments you don't have to do all these things I don't do all these things anymore this is just a jumping-off point so use it however you want I am drawing I'm Photoshop CC with a Wacom Cintiq 22 HD enjoy first I looked up references Google whatever kind of environment you drawing using references or drawing environments from life is a great way to learn so here I googled some Island references and I put them on my Photoshop canvas I like putting my references directly onto my canvas so I can work in full screen mode and still have them in sight don't worry about making your layout look just like your references just use them as inspiration and draw whatever you want you decide what you want your focal point to be this could be a character in your background or just something interesting in your background if you want to design your composition around your focal point you could try the rule of thirds which just means mentally dividing up your image using two horizontal lines and two vertical lines so as you can see here I use guidelines on Photoshop to do this to make guidelines like this hit command R to view rulers on the top and the side of your Photoshop window put your cursor over one of the rulers click and then drag a guide onto your canvas then position the important elements in your scene along those lines or at the points where they meet I was just doodling here so I wasn't worried too much about my composition but I wanted my character to be looking toward where the two mountains meet on the horizon next I drew some cleaner lines just so I could really tell where my background was going as I was drawing I decided on my light source I knew I wanted some strong shadows and I wanted the dog to be hit with a Sun beam on one side so I decided my light source with the strong sunlight coming from the right you can also cheat with light sources if you want certain parts to stand out just have fun with it you don't have to follow certain rules in order to paint backgrounds this next step is optional tonal painting in black and white this is great for separating your background middle ground and foreground elements and showing how your light source will work in the layout so I drew this onto my canvas then I took a screenshot of my black and white total painting and I put it to the side of my canvas for reference next I make a color key this is when you finally get to start working in color I copy the layout and make it into a small key to the side of my canvas and then I throw color around on it decide what I want to do with my painting I keep it really messy and also small because I want to know that my color composition will look good from far away then you can start painting your actual background while keeping your color key in your tonal key to the side for reference I paint back to front so I start with the furthest back color in the background this background my furthest back color is the sky though I start with the sky painting the clouds make your background elements fade into the backgrounds if you want to create distance in your painting I painted my back mountains more blue so they appear to be further away as you can see I use the pen tool a lot while I'm painting if this is something you're interested in I made a pen tool tutorial and I will link that down below and now you have everything you need to finish painting your background paint each element that you've drawn in your layout use your color key and tonal key as references and remember your light source [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] and there you go I hope that was helpful the best way by far to get better at drawing and painting backgrounds is just to force yourself to start doing them if you enjoyed this video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more videos if you watch this far into the video comment Mable's behold down below hey


  1. Mabel's bee whole
    Thanks for giving us your time. I am 100% newbie as in I have not tried my first digatail pic. Still oil painting and studying this John B

  2. Omg it is amazing! Thank you! By the way how to learn how to paint backgrounds like this?…even if i have been painting still life a lot?

  3. Hi Laura. Around 19 minutes you. Add light green to the palm tree. It doesn’t look selected and yet you’re able to brush over it only coloring the leaves. Would you explain how you did that? Thanks for the great video.

  4. I suck at art, but used to love drawing and painting for fun in highschool. Your videos are so relaxing and inspiring!! I need to get back into doing something creative. Thank you for your videos <3

  5. Okay, I know how hard and time consuming photoshop is. This is one of the best videos I have ever watched. You are seriously so talented, I’m so impressed and inspired!

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