Background Painter

What does a Background Painter do? 

A Painter references the painted location designs that were provided by the Colour Designer and adds the proper colour to the linework backgrounds completed by the layout department.  

What type of person could be a good Background Painter? 

A Background Painter (or BG Painter) needs to understand colour, lighting and composition, have a good eye for detail and be versatile; changing projects often means changing styles. 

How do I become a Background Painter? 

Learn photoshop and take some online courses on how to digitally paint. Download some line work from series that you like and find a still frame of that series of the same location…and paint it. Experiment with lighting and shadows and learn to create a mood with colour.

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