Big piece this week, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk a little about how I approach backgrounds! I basically go over the 3 main tips that I always keep in mind when I start painting backgrounds ^u^

Character in this piece belongs to the awesome, Verlidaine!



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Tools Used

I used a free digital art program called Medibang Paint Pro to do most of the drawing, and then exported the file to Photoshop CC to make the final colour adjustments. If you’re ever on the look out for a really awesome and easy to use digital art program I really highly recommend Medibang! It features a ton of awesome brushes and supports a lot of the basic features that digital artists need *u* I’ll have a link down below to their website!

Medibang Paint Pro:
Photoshop CC:
Recording software:
Wacom Mobile Studio Pro:



How long did this take?
It varies! If it’s a five minute long video, then between 3 to 4 hours. If its between 7-10 minutes, it was probably a bigger piece which can take anywhere between 10-15 hours.

Where did you get that fur textured brush?

Where did you get the flat brush?
That one’s from the Medibang cloud (click the little cloud shaped button with the arrow at the bottom of box with the list of brushes). There you will find all the additional brushes made by Medibang – plenty of gems to download and test out.

Where did you get all these brushes and textures from?
They’re from a mix of stuff! Some of them are made by other artists and you can easily find them just by typing in ‘medibang brushes’ or ‘firealpaca brushes’ into Google. Some are brushes that I made myself. Some are actually Photoshop brushes! You can import most Photoshop brushes into Medibang by downloading an ABR Viewer. Since most Photoshop brushes are in the .abr format, you can use the program to view all of them and convert them into .png files. Once you’ve done that just click and drag the brush image into the Medibang brush list and you’ll have a new brush to play with!

You can find most of the brushes I have just by doing a Google search. Please give this a try before asking me for specific brushes! I really don’t have the time to answer all the questions I get 🙂


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  1. i 've watched this video too many time to not write a comment, what a absolutely stunning piece of art

  2. this is a SUPER helpful video thank you so much! i am struggling with backgrounds >.<

  3. melted pancake Reply

    This is really great! I just started trying to draw backgrounds better, and this video really helped!

  4. daAfroFungus Reply

    I'm watching your painting in .25 speed to understand some more, thanks !

  5. Niladri Sekhar Biswas Reply

    hey new subscriber here…how did do that in 8:08???

  6. Can you elaborate more on how you find the certain mood? Like you do in 1:34. Do you just play around with general tones and then adjust the environment to the light you choose?

  7. Sunny Pittman Reply

    The main thing I learned is that I will never successfully draw a background 🙂 I am lower than Level 0

  8. Opprører / Reply

    I’m very good at drawing people, and humans

    but whats the point when I can’t draw backgrounds or enviroment for the humans I draw

  9. Riverfilly153 Reply

    This video met me right where I am, I draw everything out, and it makes my scenes feel shallow. I have a hard time finding good brushes as well. Then again, I use photoshop and traditional exclusively, so I don’t know what features procreate has.

  10. You are the third artist on YouTube who has helped me improve my art style and composition the most. And I’ve watched many, many artists here. Thank you ❤️

  11. Maria Eisel Reply

    When you're a traditional artist and get bewildered at all the fancy program illustrations, not knowing anything.
    Me: you're still figuring it out? Girl, I don't even know what you're doing and it looks absolutely amazing!
    But really the piece alone looks great and it seems so easy, how you handle the program alone, and change your sketch into such beautiful work.
    I have no clue about digital art, but I do hope to try and get into it one day, it looks fun because of all the things you can do in there. Basically creating magic for the eyes.

  12. ༒S I K L O R༒ Reply

    I’m thinking for starters, just sketch out the landscape and then paint over it in black and white color then later go over it with color?

  13. Mushrif Ahmed Reply

    You are soo insanely good!!! All the while you were painting this I was just in awe. This one piece of art shows how many things/techniques you have mastered. On top of that drawing something like this without reference, even more amazing!

  14. TheKrackenX42 Reply

    Now I do have OCD and I know it bothers no one except me, but (.-.) get rid if that task bar! For the love of all that is good and holy, just right click go to task bar settings and click the hide task bar. Nice video though!

  15. Kiriaki Antoniadou Reply

    Really love the rough brush it looks so useful! Did you make it or did you download it? i don't know how to make brushes and Im a beginner hehe. Also i love your art keep it up! <33

  16. Diane DeGray Reply

    I’ve been looking for how to make the background a bit faded to get the final art piece like you did in the beginning of the video cause I can’t figure it out. So maybe that would be helpful if you can explain how to do that?

  17. Where did you download all of those cool pens? Do you create those?

  18. Damn, i fricken love painting style art but its a really long and tedious process and i dont think i could ever learn that from my low attention span

  19. -Kakao- Katze Reply

    Title: background tips for beginners-

    Me: beginners?
    Lets have a look, maybe it will help me with the ske-

    Watches video

    Me: oh boy. Guess I'm not a beginner, I'm an absolute noob.

  20. Naknaduvan 5 Reply

    Could you make a video about how to draw ice or crystals correct

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