5 Work­ing the back­ground

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The back­ground can also help give more im­pact to the por­trait. I don’t like to over­load it with de­tails, pre­fer­ring in­stead to leave it rel­a­tively plain to avoid any un­nec­es­sary vis­ual dis­trac­tions. I usu­ally add sub­tle tex­ture and a gra­di­ent to avoid a flat, life­less look. An­other al­ter­na­tive is to add blurred el­e­ments, such as a for­est or a build­ing, to give the char­ac­ter con­text and hint at their story.

An out­landish hair style helps to el­e­vate my char­ac­ter’s im­por­tance. Gold war paint on the face helps to il­lu­mi­nate my char­ac­ter’s dark skin.

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