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How to Draw Backgrounds with Character by betsyillustration How to Draw Backgrounds with Character by betsyillustration

Download for Free off of Gumroad!


(Just put "$0".)

Or, you can get it from my Dropbox.

196 pages of backgrounds based on characters!

It's not as polished as I would have liked it to be, but when it was obvious that the information was all there and the only thing holding the ebook back was my ego of wanting to include "pretty art", I decided to release it as it is and let my ego take a backseat.

So what are you waiting for?

Go download it!

 :happybounce: 

Also, if you happen to draw some backgrounds after reading, leave a link in the comments so that I can see! :D 

P.S. It was :iconryui-chii: 's idea for the second "Try it!" drawing prompt on page 72, but I forgot to credit her! Noooo! Nuu 
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
O__O SRLY...?! This is the best guide EVER?! 
And it's free?! Are you joking!? Most books they sell on the topic don't contain this much information! And so spot on. No useless filler. Just pure Information.
This should be a DD. Heck, this should be a MOST READ for illustrative artists.
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist
I don't know if it's DD worthy, but I'm certainly glad it's helpful to you! :XD:
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
I suggested it, but sadly "Unfortunately offsite downloads can't be featured as daily deviations" :,) 
Aw. I didn't know about that rule, too bad. But your guide sure is DD worthy! It's a great resource and it's super awesome you made it!
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist
It's totally understandable why DevArt would need to keep the DD nominations to only on-site stuff. :nod:
I appreciate the attempt to suggest it, though! :hug:
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Erimill Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I've been needing! These are the things I've been stuck on for so long, and this explains it perfectly! Thank you so much for making this available for free to all! 
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist
So glad it's helpful to you! :D
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LuviAnimations Featured By Owner Edited Jun 13, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I haven't even gotten to the actual guide and I'm all ready learning. I'm currently on "Learn What You Need". The mood of the book is relaxing, calm, and encouraging, I've honestly never encountered  a tutorial this informative and open. Also good look with your music performance and art! X3
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist
I don't know if it's the most efficient way to learn, but it's certainly the way I like to learn. I was asking my mom the other day to teach me how to sew a long T-shirt (cause I'm tall, so unless I buy 3 sizes too big, my mid-drift shows any time I move), and she said something to the effect of "First let me teach you what alllll the different stitches are used for and how to make all the adjustments you need for any pattern ever!"

But... I just want to make a long T-shirt. o_o;

"Learn what you need!" XD

And thanks, this is the song I want to learn next: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Pt7M… :meow: 
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LuviAnimations Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
It's given me some great tips. Good Luck, with the shirt XD
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ringonoki Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
awesome! thanks!
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HSCornett Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I'm studying 2d animation, and the thing given me sweats is backgrounds. This.... this is a fantastic resource. I blasted all my social medias and art friends with it. Thank you so much :D 
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist
Thank you too! I appreciate people sharing it!
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:iconhscornett:
HSCornett Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing, and you are extra awesome for offering it for free. Thank you! (As a person who totally gets the 'can't let it go til it's perfect' thing)
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist
:highfive:
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:iconkamihanaki:
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This book is extraordinary! You've done a really great job explaining so many things simply, I'm blown away with the things I didn't realize I didn't understand until explained here! Thank you so, so much!
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist
So glad it helped! :dance:
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:iconmenollysagittaria:
MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As an aphantasiac, I find it hard to come up with backgrounds, so thanks for this!!
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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Senwe45 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've only just stumbled upon this, but wow thanks a lot!!! I've been looking for something like this for a while now!! ♥♥♥
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome! :)
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TwelveStoryMountain Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been looking forward to this book for ages! I'm so excited to have it! Thank you so much for all of the hard work you've put into this project and for being so generous as to give it away, you are a great teacher and I'm sure this is going to help so many people. I will try my best to make the most of it! :D :hug:
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist
:hug:
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dumpsterfiregypsy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for sharing this
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome :)
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dumpsterfiregypsy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
it is rare that someone shares so much for free these days so i like to take the time to thank them when i encounter it. :nod:
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superekda Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
wow thank you, you are kind.
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist
You're most welcome.
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NiqaDolohova Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :hug:
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist
You are most welcome!
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:iconmaddiebat:
MaddieBat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist
:highfive:
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manonfruitaap Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this huge file! O-O
I hope to learn a lot :love:
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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:iconzetaxen:
zetaxen Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For furi ?

Thank so much for this! 
You're awesome!

Added to my dropbox!!
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist
You're wolcome! :D
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:iconzetaxen:
zetaxen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was planning to make my own web comic looking for guides and tutorials, then I found you.
I'm going to check out other guides you make.

Anyways thank you.
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist
Good luck on your comic! I'd like to try to make a comic over the summer myself. :)
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zetaxen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that.
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HeathWalsh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
This is absolutely amazing!:wow: Thank you so much for being so extremely generous and providing such an astounding resource for free! I can't quite get over the detail and amount of work you must have put into this! Thank you!
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist
Yeah, it took like 18 months or something to make, but a lot of that was just cause I was busy with other stuff. Glad you like it!
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HeathWalsh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
That's amazing and this is amazing, and you are amazing!:w00t:

Really though, this is a wonderful resource, already feel like I have learned a ton that I never knew about before! (2 point vertical perspective:heart:)
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Wolflich Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FWIW the end of the taglines section recommends going to page 27 for something that presently begins on page 49. I'm guessing it grew a bit since then.
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betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist
Oh noooooo! :nuu:
I'll go change that and update gumroad and dropbox when I get the chance.
Thanks for letting me know. :dummy:
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ShadowWip Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you go dude. im always looking for new reference sources and backgrounds are not only the biggest thing i need to work on but the hardest to find good references on. thanks so much. you are awesome
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome. You're awesome too. I mean what good would my stuff be if no one cared about leveling up their background drawing skills. o__o
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Mayeru Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHAT
the thing i have always dreamed of, for free, is like...sjasldkajsdkl, thank you for this wonderful gift to the world.
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome! Enjoy!
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VortexSupernova Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Really... for free???? Awwww man, thanks for your resources!!! I might be better at drawing sceneries naw :la:
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:iconbetsyillustration:
betsyillustration Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome! I hope they're helpful!
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:iconimerei:
Imerei Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!

These tutorials mean a lot for those of us that just can't seem to figure out where to start. ^^;
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