stonelions said: ok, first: your backgrounds are NEVER poo, they are lovely, just… to get that out of the way. aaaand I think I have discovered from my own poopy bg work that even a junky one seems to help ground a character?
mistahgrundy said: really? Dang, I think your backgrounds are pretty swell.
spacekayce said: I think your backgrounds are really lovely! I think they would definitely add to each picture, but I would still buy it even without them. Or maybe you could try for more simplified backgrounds…? :c I’m sorry you’re upset!
rassafraggin said: The backgrounds for those prints were darn classy and polished and enhanced the context of the characters, who are the centerpieces and the selling point. Even if you change it up this year BG-wise, I cannot see that affecting sales on its own.
You guys are all being quite kind to someone who was acting like a major brat, and I appreciate that. It’s really, really hard for me to accept that people like my background work because it’s impossible for me to find things that I like about it, BUT I trust your opinions! In fact, I trust your expertise, really. You guys all know what you are doing (see below, also) and that is why I want to do the right thing and not mess up something that is working.
gravitationaltimothy said: Yeah I think in general backgrounds usually just add a lot to a competition, I don’t know if it would make or break THIS project though. If you’re worried, was about hints of background, like some Calliou bullshit
soozarts said: I wouldn’t take the responses to mean that they wouldn’t buy simplified BG calendars, tho. Is there a way you can do a happy medium of simplified but still neat-looking BGs? (PS your characters own and are the reason I started following you. :D )
I have been considering - and maybe I should sketch it up so people can see it - using the drink itself as an active background prop. Example, if I have a girl using a little step-ladder to climb the drink and grab a garnish off the top, or one of them side-stepping the ice-cube-y contents of a spilled over glass, or sitting precariously on the rim. Something like that? Then I can do different table finishes for the floor, and really invest in the figure work and making the drinks themselves look good, since they ARE the background.
It’s at least a thought! Maybe visual aid would work better to show it, and then see what people think. I’ve really been racking my brain for a compromised solution.