illustration is art

Background Texture


This is the texture I made to put behind Seri in my last post. The trick to making good background textures is not to make them the main feature. When I construct a texture behind the character, I’m constantly damping the texture down, and concentrating on the character, making sure the texture doesn’t overwhelm her. I’m not making the texture for it’s own sake. When I’m finished, if I like the texture, I delete the character and save the texture to my ever-growing folders of fabulous textures, which make it easier and easier to create new ones… I seldom re-use exactly the same texture. Anyway, sometimes, as with this one, when I remove the main subject, I realise that the texture, itself, is a gorgeous landscape! Usually they’re just that little bit too bland to stand alone, but I think this one does (:


4 responses

  1. This is an absolutely gorgeous texture. Yes, it definitely does stand on its own.

    June 22, 2017 at 7:32 pm

  2. I love it. I’ve lived in the desert for 11 years now. I used to live in San Francisco (for over 15). This background reminds me of foggy days in the Presidio. Lovely job.

    July 10, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    • Cool… all the foreground foliage is from photo’s taken in beach dunes, which probably adds to the desert-like aspect (:

      July 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm

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