StrateryB wrote:Unfortunately I'm rather (scratch that, ultra) picky and I dislike tracing or using pre-made backgrounds. To someone as prideful as me, it just feels like cheating. I mean hey, my art may suck but at least I'm trying and not selling short. When other people use pre-drawn backgrounds or trace objects from photos, I understand, I just would never do it myself.
I totally understand. I wrestled with the idea of tracing backgrounds for a while. It felt so cheater to me. But so does having assistants. I mean, Looking at comic books, there are a dozen people that work on it (for major companies). Pencilier, Inker, Colourer.... And each one of those adds it's own personal touch. So if the penciler did everything it would look different than when 3 different people did each. On a similar note, Japanese comic artists have assistants who draw backgrounds for them. Sometimes they trace, other times they can do it on their own, but yet these backgrounds are always credited to the creator, not the help.
If you watch a mangaka's art when they change assistants (or magazines) you will see the change in the comic's art as well. This is extremely noticeable in D.Gray-Man, she most likely only has one or two now that help her half as much as before. So it doesn't look the same as when it was in WSJ as it does now in JSQ.
I'm getting a bit off topic, though, as cheating as it felt when I first tired it, last night I spent the length of Pulp Fiction and two family guy episodes working on tracing the parliament building. It was not as easy as it sounds. It was actually harder, but gave me a great chance to work on a picture I doubt I could've pulled off myself. You can't draw every line, it would be too busy so I had to pick and choose, I added things and removed things, and by the end, even though I had a photo for tracing it feels more of it is mine than not, now.
Anyways, thats just my insight. Although I do understand the pride thing. I am afraid to show my drawn page with a traced background and have someone go "OMIGOSH that BG is so good" and ignore the rest of the page. I use to have that happen when I used tones; when I first started using those I felt like I was cheating as well. Lol.