Background Paintings in Animation

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Background paintings are an art form that is growing in popularity. It involves the artist creating a painting in a new or unique subject that is then placed on a flat surface. The subject is then painted in such a way as to highlight and bring out the color and life in the original subject. In most cases, the subject is drawn in a rough sketch before the final background painting is made.

In earlier times, artists used rough sketches, charcoal drawings, and even pencil lines. Today, artists use many different techniques. One of the latest techniques is called washes. The technique was developed about twenty years ago. The technique makes use of several different kinds of washes, and allows for quick adjustments in colors to give backgrounds an array of hues.

An Overview

Many production background artists use the washes technique. This method is not exclusive to background paintings but is used by most professional artists who create any type of visual art. In the past, this kind of technique was very difficult to execute because it required extremely good coloring skills. However, computer technology has made washes easier to use, and more affordable to most artists.

Another technique being used to create backgrounds is called drybrush. The process is quite simple. In this technique, a series of brushstrokes are used to create the outline of the subject on the canvas. After the outline has been created, several washes are applied to the outline, which makes the image appear to have been painted with brushstrokes. These paintings are often called “brushstrokes” because of the way the strokes are made.

Ron Barbagallo is a famous example of a cartoonist who created his own unique style of background paintings using this technique. His creations are highly realistic and beautiful. He began studying art when he was twenty-two years old and continued to follow his dream until he became an acclaimed artist. His work is often shown in film schools and galleries.

Background Paintings in Animation

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One technique that is used by many professional artists as well as freelance artists is called drybrush. This is a technique that requires no special training. Instead, the artist just needs to have a soft touch. This is great for those who like to do their own illustrations rather than buy pre-made backgrounds or paintings from the market.

Ron Barbagallo’s work is not only breathtaking but educational as well. He created the cartoon character Foofa, who appears in the “Foofa the Opera.” Although it takes years for Ron Barbagallo to complete one drawing, when he does it is filled with life and emotion. Some of the images produced are so realistic that they have been used in some of the world’s best animated films. Ron Barbagallo specializes in cartoon-related paintings and illustrations, most of which are found on websites such as Deviant Art, MySpace and Yahoo!

To learn more about these wonderful artists, check out the “Master Production Number.” This detail description contains information about the background creation, including the amount of space available, and other details such as where the final piece will be placed on the canvas and how many layers of colored pencil were used in the process. The samples shown include one of Foofa’s ears and his tail. All of the drawings were created in three-inch by three-inch dimensions. Ron Barbagallo is a highly skilled and talented artist with an uncanny ability to create realistic grass scenes, along with amazing animal skin renditions and meticulously rendered water effects.

Of all of the different types of Disney characters, nothing captures the imagination quite like Snow White and the seven dwarfs. The beauty of this style of background creation is that it can be created from either a photograph or a computer-generated image. For the Snow White background, a scanned photo of the maiden was enough for the artist. To obtain the detail needed in the painting, the artist would simply need to add highlights and remove red eye and shadows with the use of a black brush. After the background was completed, the actual picture of Snow White was simply enhanced until it was in proper contrast with the background.

In the End

Beyond basic pencil art washes, there are also more complex methods used by artists today. The technique known as “matte painting” involves the use of multiple layers of coloured washes applied to a smooth surface. The use of this technique requires advanced skill with the use of a brush. With years of experience, some artists can create a masterpiece out of almost anything that will stand up on a wall. Although this type of background painting may require the artist to work with more tools than most backgrounds, the end results often prove to be very appealing. There are many examples of matte painting that can be found in books devoted to the history of animation.

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