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Visual Novel Background Tutorial by SKY-Morishita Visual Novel Background Tutorial by SKY-Morishita
Hopefully this tutorial will be helpful to others. Deji really helped break things down for me to understand visual novel background creating. I did this really early in the morning so I hope it's readable. I'm so sleepy right now I can't really gather my thoughts correctly ^^;
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Lapin-de-Fou Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the tips, very helpful~!! =D
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TiltedCube Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow, thanks :D (Big Grin)

this is very helpful for my planning practice make some backgrounds!
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Glad it could help :D
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klawzie Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super useful! Thanks for putting it together!
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Kuroonehalf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
This is something that drives me nuts, and it happens in literally like 90% of all visual novels, even from big studios with large portfolios.* What puzzles me is that this is perspective 101 stuff (literally explained in the first 10 pages of my perspective for artists book that I picked up a long ass time ago).

Props to you for learning how to do it right. :>

* I suspect it happens cause the illustrators don't usually step into BG work and vice versa, and communication is minimal. Fun fact, if you go back and look at Clannad from Key, they had backgrounds done right. Then, in their subsequent 8 visual novels, they did it wrong.
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Mely9Matzir Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thank you ñ__ñ
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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chocobikies Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
omg i dont get it at all OTL
gives up on bgs <-- lazy
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TheLittlePinkRabbit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Thaaaaank you o// I want to create a VN , but I really new in all this and you helped a lot XD
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very happy that I could help <3 I'll try to think up of another tutorial idea for visual novels in the future (hopefully ^^;)
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AnimeNo1Fan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very very VERY much for the GREAT tutorial! 
it really helped me out ALOT! *^*
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awww <3 You're very welcome, I'm glad that it could be of some help to you!
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CapturedGiggles Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Digital Artist
Ahhh.. this is so helpful with perspective! It's great!
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you <3
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Didules Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for this tutorials! (Even though I now have to redo entirely my first BG ahaha! It's for a good cause!)
I wish you good luck with Autumn's journey 's backgrounds (doesn't seem easy at all!)
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome =D Doing these backgrounds have been a lot of fun and such a great learning experience for me. I hope that I can get this same opportunity in the future as well. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I'll do my best to help ^^
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Didules Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, you're so nice! Thanks a lot again m(_ _)m
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mangakadubkat Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial.

I can relate to the zzzzz part of this sooo well.

It's my cousin's 15th birthday tomorrow and I was stressing out about his present (I only found out a few hours ago that it was his bday tomorrow). I live in a different country from him and don't know much about what he's interested in because I haven't seen him in ages so I just decided to paint a picture of him, my sister and myself together in paint tool sai. I just finished the line art (it's 1:51 am so it's been around 4 hours of straight work). On top of that I had an english essay to finish for school (finished it around 9:30 but I still have to spice it up in Word. Add some fancy font to it and yeah...) And I've got school tomorrow. Lucky we start school late! I'm used to starting around 7:30 or 8am but here for some reason we start at 9am which is a huge relief.

Anyways your art really inspires me. You're really tallented!
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lolabunny613 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!!
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome =D
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tooaya Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial, thank you and deji, this should help me a bunch in the future, I've always had trouble figuring out the BG proportions in relation to the characters haha.
 
Personally though, I like the layout of the first BG better.  I know the obvious issue is the building heights, but I feel, while correct in proportion, the "camera" is placed too high up.  It'll probably look better with the dialogue box attached to the bottom, but at the moment, the bare BG looks quite imbalanced, with the bottom side too empty compared to the top, where everything's cramped together. This is probably not a big issue for a smaller game, but if you want to have a BG gallery showcasing original BGs, it's something to take into consideration.

Just my two cents, feel free to ignore =v=
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm happy to know that the tutorial was helpful ^^
Also Thank you for your advice, I see what you mean about the lower half being more empty then the top half. I think that maybe if I cut off some of the ground and pulled more of the sky in above then that might have helped fixed that imbalance. I made sure to avoid that little imbalance with the other backgrounds. I'm starting to learn that there are a lot of different key factors to take into consideration when working on backgrounds ^^; but I appreciate any and every pointer and two cents that I'm given when it comes to improving my background drawing work. ^_^v
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Kotori-rin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this! Faving and saving, for future references!
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for saying that! I'm glad you found it helpful!
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akatsukipikka Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student
This is very helpful and very well explained. I'm glad you felt like sharing with us what you learnt ! >w<

Just a curiosity: wouldn't it have been easier for you to just fix the small-looking-building and then just make the characters smaller instead of redoing the whole background ? I'm just talking in terms of amount of work. You sure had to work harder to redo everything. 
Anyway, I have to admit both versions look great and the layout of the background is very nice. I don't know if I would have noticed they weren't proportioned..oh well. 
As a final note , you're drawing and colouring style is very lovely , I really like it, it makes everything look prettier. :3
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SKY-Morishita Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought that as well but when I used the perspective lines that I had placed for the image and created my hanging mock person from the horizon line the proportions didn't match up. The closer the buildings are to the from of the picture the bigger they will become and the further away, the smaller they will. For the old picture I didn't keep that in mind and everything is at the wrong size and proportions but no worries, I didn't mind doing the work at all, since it was a mistake that I created and I really wanted to learn as much as I could so that my images turn out the best that they can. Thank you for asking me that question though because it's definitely something that I was confused about when I first started using the mock up characters and I tried that out first before finally finding the correct way of drawing the visual novel background.
That's so sweet of you to say that about my background though! <3 Thank you so much!
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akatsukipikka Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student
Thank you for replying. I see your point there. 
I have to agree with you , I probably would have done the same seeing the circumstances. I guess sometimes it's almost easier to redo everything once you know what you want to fix. 
I really mean it, it has a very nice feeling and nothing seems overlooked. :3
No problem, keep up with the good work, I'm looking forward to seeing more works from you ! Watched !<3
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