Hi! Thanks! And yes, I have tips. First of all (and I’m not saying you do this) but backgrounds are never going to be fun if you try drawing them AFTER you’ve already drawn your characters. It’s really the FIRST thing you need to consider because it’s like 70-90% of your entire composition!
Second - if you like drawing characters, look at the background as if it’s a character! Everything in there can help tell the story of your characters. What kind of environments would your characters inhabit? What sort of props would they surround themselves with? If they’re in a building, what is the style of the architecture? Also, you can draw environments just as dynamically as you draw characters - with motion, emotion, personality, all of that! The background is also one of your biggest tools for directing the viewer’s eye in your composition - it can point them exactly where they need to look!
Third - the same as you would when you’re drawing a character, don’t rely on stereotypes or icons! Not every tree is an oak tree. There are so many types of trees. But you have to look for them, and study them. Be as specific as you possibly can with everything in the environment, otherwise it will look boring and generic.
Most importantly, keep drawing and challenging yourself to try new things! Good luck!
Hi! I have one big tip which is that college is not the end of your education! In fact it’s just the beginning. I didn’t feel like I really started learning until after I got out of college. Use the time in college to soak in everything you can. You might realize later that something a teacher told you was completely wrong, or it might take you a long time to realize how right they were. But it’s all an experience, and you’ll never have another 2-4 year period of your life where you can just work on improving yourself and focus on personal projects & films. Just practice, experience life, and take everything with a grain of salt! One person’s method doesn’t always work for another person. But you sorta have to try everything out in order to know what does work for you! And it takes a lot of time and patience to do that.
Most importantly - don’t ever give up! Good luck!
Also there has been a huge amount of awesome love and support from everywhere so thank you all so much for that!! PPG 4EVER XOXOXO
I know some people out there are upset by the look of the new PPG Special, and that is totally cool with me! But I will say that nothing in this one-off special is ever going to change the original show that you know and love! Also - PPG is one of my biggest animation influences (along with Dexter’s Lab and Samurai Jack) and made me want to become a professional animation person. You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger Powerpuff Girls fan than myself. Working on this special was a dream come true for me as well as for the other artists who worked on it. But as much as we love the original show, none of us could see the point in doing the exact same thing again. There are six beautiful seasons AND a movie AND an anniversary special which were done in that style. So why not try something new? It’s just a single episode, and it’s our own personal love letter to the Powerpuff Girls. So love it or hate it, it was made with nothing but good intentions and peace and love and no one will force you to accept this version of the girls if you don’t want to.
And now I’ve gotta pick up my axe and get back to work! *chop chop chop*