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Any tips for doing a flat backdrop for a display piece? Should I paint something by hand (no skill), print and glue a stock image, or print a stock image and paint over it? No clue what I'm doing so any help would be good.

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If it is for a competition, I would say a reference picture and freehand. If it is for yourself, do whatever you like. :B):

 

I know James Wappel and a few other artists lay out their idea with a rough pencil sketch, and then start refining from there.

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45 minutes ago, Al Capwn said:

If it is for a competition, I would say a reference picture and freehand. If it is for yourself, do whatever you like. :B):

 

I know James Wappel and a few other artists lay out their idea with a rough pencil sketch, and then start refining from there.

It's for Reapercon. 

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My guess is Reapercon is going to have a lot of freehand capable talent, but if you just want to enter to show off, which is a lot of fun, here is an article I did which may help. 

 

It talks about my failure at freehand, producing a decal on plain paper, my journey along the way, and what I might do differently now.

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20101217210040/http://hacklopedia.com/miniatures/heroes/paladin.shtml

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If your drawing accuracy leaves a little bit to be desired, you can use your computer and just about any image editing program to create a "colouring-in" template for yourself, using the Edge Detect filter.

 

2019-06-27-MossyForestEdgeDetect.jpg

 

I've detailed the whole process in a post on one of my blogs at http://fitz-publicdisplays.blogspot.com/2019/06/colouring-in-with-aid-of-computer.html

I've used Krita for my examples, because

  1. It's free, and
  2. It's really good.
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Or check out backdrops from hanger 18 or any of the model railroad backdrops.

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