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Tutorial 12 Staging Background by shermcohen Tutorial 12 Staging Background by shermcohen
#12 in a series of 12 tutorial sheets created for the SpongeBob crew in 2005 (4th season) Staging backgrounds for depth and Composition
Previous tutorials at:
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PotatoFairy93 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find this tip to be really helpful. 

Now I won't be drawing like Squidward. 
PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, thanks for the tip!
GaRuMaDesign Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great notes keep them coming
Basilda Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thankyou for that, its very useful!
misiaclive Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much for these!
sweetangel1927 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Thanks ^^ But you know, as helpful as these little pages are, they seem more like "Tips and Tricks" than tutorials x) But they're still fantastic nonetheless, so thank you.
OrcishGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
It's fascinating to see these tutorials. Thanks for sharing this stuff!
KREAORCHEDDAR Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Extremely Helpful Stuff Here.
Trustthapo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to go through your gallery and collect this entire series. I think that a MAJOR problem with new flash-based cartoons on Cartoon Network- Teletoons like Total Drama Island, Johnny Test, etc.- is the lack of flow. The scenes and characters are stiff as a board. Though they are very stylized, there's no movement!
Thank you for providing us with this beautiful set of tutorials. I will certainly use them in the future. :la:
AliceBarnousky Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not a problem with Flash in and of itself. Digital art, and especially vector-based ones like Flash, make it easier to reuse models or to edit just a piece of the model at a time. So instead of making original and expressive poses, they'll reuse the character's standing pose and move the arms and mouth a little. It's the new type of limited animation.

But man, used to its fullest potential, Flash can make some beautiful things. Check out Disney's Wander Over Yonder if you haven't already. Varied and fluid character animations, and amazing scenery.
Trustthapo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I can see what you mean. It just feels as though Flash models move a lot stiffer than even low-budget anime characters have a tendency to do.
Also, I made this comment... forever and a day ago :'D oops! I've grown a lot more as somebody that appreciates animation and thankfully have passed through the majority of my "grumpy-about-anything-that-isn't-traditional-animation" phase. I've actually been meaning to check out some of Wander because of how well done it appears to be! That and it's adorable.
There was also a music video done for Mystery Skulls called Ghost that makes fantastic use of Flash, done by a small group of artists that have been posting heaps on tumblr about the processes involved in producing the video, so that's opened my eyes a ton more on the subject. mysterybensmysteryblog.tumblr.… has an insane amount of content relating to animating in Flash and how the video was made, it's just humbling for somebody like myself that has A) never touched Flash and B) may very well never make sense of what he's going on about.
I barely touch deviantart anymore so I apologize if my reply seems a bit dis-shelved or ramble-y ;_;
bonessel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thatdeadcat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist
This is all helpful! Thank you for your tutorials!
MadiMcCormick Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really hoping to use these with my senior project...I want to major in cartooning.

These are also very entertaining!! I love Spongebob, especially when my cousin says "Barnacles".
shermcohen Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's great…I'm glad you find them helpful :)
MadiMcCormick Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are. (: Thank you for posting them!
gonzalexx1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
shermcohen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you sir!
hilawo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
VoxRobotics Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really have a habit of making backgrounds (and characters in general :\) Really flat. Looking at this gives me an idea of simple stuff I can do to make it better! I'm going to be starting a comic soon, so I've been looking all over DA for tutorials on backgrounds and inking and persepctive and anything that'll help me make my comic better. I have to say this is one of the easier tutorials to understand. :D (and heck, anything with Spongebob is awesome XD)
shermcohen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Hi My5Cookies...thanks -- it really makes me ahppy to hear that! If I can make drawing backgrounds a little easier, then that's the greatest news in the world to me ^_^
Helpimafishfreddi Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
I wonder what that was...............
Selvo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Just took the time to read through all 12 of these. Line of action and some of the angles are going to be a bit tough to master, but these are really helpful! Thanks so much!
shermcohen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, selvo...those principles aren't hard to master... all you can do is just keep them in mind as you draw. Besides, the point is to master the principles... the point is for your to keep getting better!
DonLoco-un-Poco Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Nicely done, pretty simple and effective, gotta check the other ones sooner or later!
Keep it up, take care! ;)
hairology Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I have used backgrounds very little in any of my work...time for a change
shermcohen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Great! Backgrounds are not so scary once you have a sort of pattern to follow. Have fun!
NatalieTheAntihero Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really had to chuckle at the part "What's this?", because that was exactly what I thought when I saw that panel next to it. :giggle: It sure is hard to draw perspectives that even show the ceiling sometimes, but I practice drawing rooms like these whenever I can offline. :nod: Good work. Simpler than the previous sheet but still useful. :D :+fav:
RikuZegram Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Lol I'm still practicing just with characters, but this I'm sure will be helpful once I get to that point ;)
Zimeta Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fun stuff! It really does make the whole image look better if the composition of the background is just as interesting as the characters in the foreground. :)
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