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Tutorial for my student at :iconthe-classroom:

(Please ignore my uncreative presentation and ugly font >.> I was too lazy to make it all nice and pretty and just made it up front and to the point so bear with the ugliness XD)

This is a simple forest background tutorial that takes it to a rough stage, good for pieces you intend to very a large foreground focal point and you can get away with the background being simple and unpolished.

Anyway, this is just the basics of how I do backgrounds from start to finish. Hope it can be of some use to someone looking to learn rough trees and forests.

If you may have any questions at all, feel free to ask, I would be more than happy to help ^-^

Other types of this background


Tools - GIMP and a Bamboo Fun tablet

Art and tutorial (C) to me

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:iconhiaennyddei:
Hiaennyddei Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is awesome, and useful even when you're not drawing this kind of tree. Thank you ! I used it here random-house.deviantart.com/ar…
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KinninKiago Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconwhitewolfcub16:
WhiteWolfCub16 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used for this www.deviantart.com/art/Rune-fu… Thank you! I always struggle with backgrounds! :icondragonhug:
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:icontwin-cats:
Twin-Cats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kind of like this tutorial, it looks simpler then drawing every tree.
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:iconbc-paws:
BC-paws Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I copied this tutorial to draw my drawing, is that okay? c: Thanks! This tutorial is awesome
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, that's fine for this tutorial :)  Thank you!
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:iconitheguy:
Itheguy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Artist
What program did you use to make this?
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I used GIMP.
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:iconthephantomwolf:
ThePhantomWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
It's so pretty! ^^ maybe i'll start drawing backgrounds now
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! They really do help a picture and can be fun once you get the hang of it :la:
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:iconthephantomwolf:
ThePhantomWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
np and thank you too :D
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:iconbubblyblackbird:
BubblyBlackbird Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful and simple tutorial! It helped me to make this: [link] :)
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh thank you! I'll go look right now! You're very welcome :)
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:iconpixity-mish:
pixity-mish Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm definitely going to have to try this :) My backgrounds are usually non existent!
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EquinoxialSolstice Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting a great tutorial :heart:
I've been meaning to experiment with different background for a while and I finally managed to do at least one XD
[link] < here's what I did.
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks sooo much! I used this already now I just have to paint the person in the forest lol. :) I'll show you when I post it!
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
[link]
:squee:
I finished!
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:iconmizuasagi:
Mizuasagi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks cool! I can't wait to try it out XD
Thanks for making this :))
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:icongwennieblack:
GwennieBlack Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The final result is lovely and it seems pretty simple! I'm definitely trying it :3 Thanks, it's really useful! :D
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial - I'll take the simple layout over a very flashy tutorial that doesn't teach so well any day.

What you've created with this technique is just beautiful, and I hardly did it justice, but I gave it a shot for this: [link] in case you were interested :)

Thanks for sharing this.
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm going to look at it now!
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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FawnsMinuet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] Used! Thanks for making this awesome tutorial!
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FuyuuKuroNeko Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
are this can use for Photoshop or SAI? :)
I really love this tutorial
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, the same structure can apply to SAI :)
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:iconfuyuukuroneko:
FuyuuKuroNeko Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
glad to hear that :D
thank you..
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MissHaileyJean Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this, I've been frustrated trying to figure it out on my own :heart:
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Hope it helps!
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:iconmashimoshi:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
I will try this ^^ I rarely practice with photoshop so I take small baby steps.
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Best of luck!
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:iconmashimoshi:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
Thanks! Btw is it okay if I take this example you drew as a reference?
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Of course :) I would love to see when you're done too!
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:iconmashimoshi:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
Ok! But I won't post it here. I can link you to my tumblr later ^^
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmashimoshi:
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
This was an inspiring tutorial ^^ It was simple but in a good way.
Do you have more background tutorials?
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) No, I don't have any other background tutorials unfortunately. I might do a more in depth one eventually but I don't know when since they're really time consuming to put together. Perhaps one day :)
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StarstriderDA Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
So pretty! Thanks for the help! :3
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SaloGuardione Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Epic! So Helpfully!!
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Laura-Kinney Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
i love this and you are a great artist.

Also how does one do a city background?
I use GIMP and I can't find any city backgrounds step things on DA. I see lots of landscape tho.
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

I must admit, I've never attempted a city before, or industrial. It's rather daunting with all the perspectives and actually making the surfaces look like what they're supposed to be. My best advice is to look up references of cities and use those as a guide to help you. I did a quick search and this was the only good tutorial I could find [link] There really aren't that many. Hope it helps!
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Laura-Kinney Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
welcome

Hum..i can try, i like them with words, like yors.
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I do too, but it was the only one I could find unfortunately. I'm sure if you look off DA and google it, you can find some with text, or even videos with commentary. I'm sure there has to be some out there!
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:iconlaura-kinney:
Laura-Kinney Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Yea I ill try that but for now of to bed
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:iconjakit:
Jakit Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student General Artist
am defiantly gonna try this thanks :)
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:iconnatasasusa:
NatasaSusa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thank you for the tutorial, it was very helpful :) However I have to practice it a little more. I used it here: [link]
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:iconlissyclay:
lissyclay Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
do you have one for a beach?
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:iconwingedgenesis5:
WingedGenesis5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No, sorry I don't have one for a beach. I'm sure you can do a search and find a lot of good ones on beaches though :) Da's full of such wonderful tutorials.
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lissyclay Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay
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kagato007 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
This is so easy and effective so I keep practicing: [link] I hope you enjoy :)
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