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Photographic Background
A drawn work uses real world photography in their backgrounds.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-07-10 07:49:22 sponsor: MikuruFan (last reply: 2015-05-27 20:00:59)

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For a lot of artists, the amount of detail on characters is seemingly proportional to the amount of detail in the background. Assuming your artist loves his detail, but actually has to get the book out before the end of the month, some will actually use filters on actual photographs or prepared backgrounds. But these don't always mesh well, creating the paper equivalent of Conspicuous CG.

Occasionally that's replaced with abstract, quilt-like patterns, for artists who want to draw some kind of background so you don't feel as if you're reading a lightbulb but without messy points of perspective.

Naturally this comes off as a little less glaring if your story takes place at the actual real-life location used.

See also GIS Syndrome and Medium Blending. Roger Rabbit Effect occurs when the drawn and real world elements of the setting interact.


Visual Novels
  • Tsukihime used stock photos (with lots of Photoshop filters applied to most of them but still) for its backgrounds, while both the characters and the special CGI events were hand-drawn.

  • One story arc in Two Lumps was a retelling of the Thanksgiving story with 1600's Eben and Snooch added in. The backgrounds for most of the arc was photographs of historical paintings.

Western Animation
  • The Amazing World of Gumball uses photographs as backgrounds, with designed elements added here and there to help mesh them with the characters.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog could be the codifier for this, considering that one of the major points of the production was the use of photorealistic backgrounds throughout; John R. Dilworth said it was because he wanted to avoid the usual cartoony white clouds that look like cotton balls in a perpetual blue sky, he wanted the show to be grounded in realism, and have the settings look as if the viewers themselves were actually there with the characters.
  • Dot and the Kangaroo uses actual nature footage of Australia with the animated characters laid on top.
  • The Looney Tunes short "Porky's Pooch" uses photographic backgrounds.
  • Some of the fantasy sequences on Muppet Babies.
  • Sit Down, Shut Up used photographic still backgrounds for the entire thing.
  • In Twice Upon a Time, the world of Din is depicted in black-and-white live-action, so when the characters go there, they are filmed against black-and-white photos.
  • The Liverpool scenes on Yellow Submarine use high-contrast photographic prints as backgrounds.

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