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Old 06-01-2017, 04:58 PM
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I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

OK so I have like 4 unfinished paintings because of this, and I need advise desperately... it's like I get what looks like a good idea in my head, I sketch said Idea and then I paint it. It's all well and good until it's background time. I always end up with these messy, ugly mass of color behind... Please please any advice!! ( I also suck at painting liquids, as you can see)
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Old 06-15-2017, 11:50 AM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

all I'll say is you shouldn't treat the background as an afterthought or it will look like one. You need to envisage people inside their world and interacting with it then they will look like they are a part of it.
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:41 AM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

I wouldn't say you suck at painting in fact you''ve done well, just a couple of things though.
Until it's background time?? you mean you paint in the background later?? That's arse about my friend, think of the background second, then the subject (you already know what that is, right?)
Your first thought should be of your subject and how it interacts with the background and especially the foreground. Your choice of color in the background reflects and says the light is on her left... Well done.
You only need to understand that the movement of the water, which you have also done well is not quite right.
The black lines (below the water line) of her top should be either not seen or very much blurred. Water refracts and distorts-hope you understand.
The heart just like the skull below are both out of place and don't belong there, both are distractions and say nothing at all.
The background of the young lady suits the mood of your subject and is not distracting at all. Stay away from backgrounds that distracts and makes the viewer look away from the subject.
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

I Like What You're Doing !!
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:35 PM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

Paint background first, then the main subject/object after it is dry..
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Old 06-29-2017, 01:25 AM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

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Paint background first, then the main subject/object after it is dry..

I completely agree! I have a terrible time with backgrounds and have found that doing the background first is much less stressful and lets me actually finish the artwork. I have a sad pile of old unfinished drawings and paintings with either a ruined background or ones with no background at all that I'm afraid of ruining.
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:27 PM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

I like it too. I would say also that background should go into your overall thinking. If the character (subject) is in front of something that will also be incorporated into the design. However, there is nothing wrong with "simple black curtain," so to say.
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Old 06-30-2017, 09:15 PM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

I think you could benefit from keeping some texture in! If i were you id try not blending the strokes towards the edges. Uust play around with not blending- it took me years to be comfortable with that
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:31 PM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

I like your backgrounds in the presented paintings. I agree with everyone else that the background colour should be part of the process of putting the painting together in your head before you begin. If it helps, maybe a small blocking in type painting in watercolor or acrylic (very loosely) to see what it would all look like in colour combinations? But I think apart from making the background a part of your process earlier, you are doing a pretty good job deciding what to do with it.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:58 AM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

And i dont see where it needs a background. I thought they were finished.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:31 AM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

Painting the background should be part of the overall process, not an afterthought. The painting of each area is a push and pull of how each relates to the other. I will say that I have had more success with backgrounds by lowering the chroma of the background color, making it more gray. This will help create atmosphere around your subject. Your primary focus is the face which should have the most chroma overall. Lowering the chroma pushes an area to lesser attention.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:42 PM
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Re: I seem to be unable to paint a decent background

By the way, I forgot to say also that if you are using water, the reflections are totally wrong. Your light would also reflect "up." Try it in real life and look at the various reflections. Art is observation and the recording of observations.
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