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Gina Trujillo (Tru-he-yo)
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StormyMcDaniel5242 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Hi, I have a question to ask you. Have you had to draw a background crowd?

Im working on some now and not sure how to do it with out taking away from the main characters.

Let me kno if you have some helpful tips.

Thank_Blue McDaniel
resuki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a number of ways to do it, depending on the level of stylization your image will allow.

One method is to straight up silhouette the crowd, making the characters really stand out against them. (Top right panel.) Super fast, too.
Na-Rune-Tok - Page 028 - Jazz Hands by resuki

You can also use a method where everyone who is not a main character in the image is less detailed, either without facial features, or turned away from the viewer. This example by Manamaraya comes to mind:
Don't Get Lost by Manamaraya

You can see the above artist has also used color to draw the eye to the main character, giving the others a general wash. The people in the far back are also nearly silhouettes themselves.

And a final method I can think of, but can't find a good visual reference for, is to use line variation to make your main characters stand out. Ink their outer lines thicker than the rest of the crowd around them (only the outer lines). That will really make them pop. And/or don't ink the lines of the people around them all the way to touching their lines, leaving a white 'halo' around the main characters. It will be fairly subtle, but will make them pop off the page more.

Hope that helps. :)
StormyMcDaniel5242 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Thank you all the different ways of did help. :) I ended l using were the main character has a little room around here and the ppl walking around her are slitly darker then then the main character. Showing her important.

And the other reason why this all came up was my editor told me that I was putting too much details into the non important characters.

Thanks for the help and feed back

Have a good day
Blue McDaniel
Droakir Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
How's it going?

It's been fun having you guys next to us at ACE this year! :D
resuki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That was fun! I'm glad we got to meet, even if we were both busy. :)
Droakir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Also - thanks for the watch!
Droakir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely! I hope you guys did well at the show - as for us, it was our first time with our own table at one of these conventions (I've shared a table with a bunch of other folks before, but never had my own), so it was a pretty crazy experience overall. A good experience, but a crazy one. :D
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