Anime backgrounds are vast since anime takes place in nearly any conceivable location. Always start a background by determining the horizon line. The horizon line is used in fine art to establish the perspective view and is important when drawing realistically and in anime. A perspective view can be eye-level, bird's eye or a worm's view. Details are also important when drawing backgrounds, even though your viewers might take it for granted they would notice missing details.
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Determine your perspective and horizon line. The horizon line is the height of your eyes. For example, drawing a horizon line across the centre of the page will create an eye level view; your viewers will be looking straight at the background. Drawing the horizon line at the bottom of the page will create a worm's eye view; your viewers will be looking up at the background. Drawing the horizon line at the top of the page will create a bird's eye view; your viewers will be looking down at the background.
Create outlines of the shapes you wish to draw. Such as squares for buildings, parallel lines for tree trunks, circles for bushes, parallel lines to for roads and ovals for rocks. It is helpful to have an image available of what you are creating. It doesn't have to be one image you can have multiple images and take the background shapes that you need.
Add details to your shapes such as leaves for trees, bricks for buildings and texture for roads. This is tedious work but by taking your time and adding as much detail as possible the more realistic your anime background will be.
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