Drawing Comics with Adobe Flash-Backgrounds

I love drawing backgrounds, it’s somewhat self indulgent to fiddle with your backgrounds, but drawing New York City is just fun. partially NYC just looks the way a comic book city is supposed to look, water towers tons of people of all sorts, buildings from all time period it makes me feel young again. There’s nothing like drawing Union Square where looking downtown the main building is the New School at 14th and university, looking uptown is the view from the rooftop of Parsons Fine Arts Department. Anything that creates that feel of being a kid and sitting around discussing “profound” ideas about art can only make me happy.

Here’s the New School in the background.

Comic panel with background of Union Square and the new School

And you’ll notice in the background again the same drawing, scaled alittle differently and with a different value. And no people walking around, since the panel is to small to have any distractions in it.

Comic panel with background of Union Square and the new School

And here’s the actual drawing done as it’s own Movie Clip in Flash, since it’s a Movie Clip I can re-use it, re-size it and set the value of it to change in any way I want. Flash because it’s built with objects, move the drawing sometime from being about the making all the shapes work together to collaging your own drawings together. It makes it more fun to draw backgrounds and then put the people on another layer so you can have them in or out depending on the scene and time.

Comic panel with background of Union Square and the new School

And just some playing with the brightness.

Comic panel with background of Union Square and the new School