Beach - Anime style backgrounds TUTORIAL AND PROCESS


Hi everyone! This is my first ever Clip Studio tips tutorial so I will be showing you the process of one of my background ilustrations. Hope you like it!

Sky and clouds

Fill your canvas in sky color, I used mid blue as I want it to be a bright mid day sky.

Set up 3 different layers namely, sky, sea and land

Make a sky like gradient on the sky layer using the soft airbrush

Add another layer above the sky layer and paint some cloud shapes. Use a darker color than white so it will be easier to bring out the highlights later. You could use a lasso tool for this too.

Now paint over the cloud layer for details, to make it look like clouds. Use a brighter color but avoid using pure white at this stage. I used a custom cloud brush for this, but a watercolor brush could work as well. I highly recommend using reference images for this.

Next step is to blend it out with the blend tool. Adjust the size and hardness of the brush according to your preference.

Now add more highlights using a round brush and the blend tool

Adjust tone curve levels to make it bluer or brighter according to your preference, and blend some parts using the "running color on fiber" tool

The ocean

Now make a layer over the sea layer and clip it. Paint over a sea like gradient using the soft airbrush.

Now go free on the details using a darker color and grey for the waves. Blend them out a little and add highlights in white for the waves here and there.

Adjust tone curve levels to fit your preference


On a new layer paint a rock like structure using the lasso tool

Next get creative with it, add details and use tone curves to match your prefence. Use reference images if possible. Add more details after combining to the land layer.

Next sketch out a lifeguard tower on a new layer or create a new folder for it. I used a reference image for this.

Next get creative, I used mostly the polyline tool for filling in the colors and lines for details.
Add a multiply layer on top for futher shading and shadows. I highly recommend using references to figure out the light and shadows. Use tone curves to edit to your preference.

Add minor details and shadows to the sand with a texture or watercolor brush

Create a new layer, go to filter>render>perlin noise. Adjust noise levels to below 1.5 or to your preference.

Change the layer to soft light and adjust opacity according to your preference.

Use correction layers for tone curve adjustment and color balance adjustments till you're satisfied. AND YOU'RE DONE!

I uploaded the timelapse to my youtube channel. Check it out if you'd like to :D

Thank you for reading!
I hope to make better tips and tutorials in the future.

Check out my Instagram and ArtStation accounts to view my other illustrations - @mafuillust
Give it a follow if you like my art XD

Have a great day!



New Official Articles