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How to: Visual Novel Interior by Auro-Cyanide How to: Visual Novel Interior by Auro-Cyanide
Update 24/11/2012: Please see my new Background Guide where I do a much better job at explaining perspective :) [link]

Update 23/8/2012: I'm really going to try to do an updated version of this and tie in the new things I've learnt. And do a better job at perspective. And everything else. I'm very grateful to everyone who has commented and faved, so I feel like I owe it to everyone to make a better version ^_^

In the mean time check out this awesome tutorial by someone who is far better at perspective than me :la: [link]

WARNING: Huge file ahead

Anyway, I decided to do a tutorial for how I did a Visual Novel background because I had a couple people ask me and there are very few visual novel tutorials out there.

I hope it will be kind of useful, though I am still very much learning how to do backgrounds and I am pretty much painting it how I paint everything... anyway, hope you like it ^^'

Edit: Thank you very much for your support everyone! I never though I would get a DD, especially not on this, but I am very happy, if a little overwhelmed. So thank you. I am very, very happy that I am being helpful -^^- I need to fix the couple spelling mistakes that are in it though (fo' shame). Wasn't expecting a couple thousand people to look at it though. I will go through and answer everyone's lovely comments soon.

DISCLAIMER: This is a how to/walkthrough, not really a tutorial. It is about my personal process on how I got to a specific point. It is not the only way to do stuff and I am very much still learning. I made this just to show a couple people from the visual novel community how I made this background because they asked. I am always pleased that people can find it useful and can take something from it. However there are also much better and more comprehensive tutorials out there by people who know much more then I do (especially about perspective). I recommend fox-orian's tutorials which I have been trying to follow. Somewhat unsuccessfully ^^'
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Suggester's words: How to: Visual Novel Interior by *Auro-Cyanide is a really great and detailed interior background tutorial. It covers everything from perspective to shading! This will help even the most advanced artists. This is a great addition to the artistic community. ( Suggested by Vampy-note and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Windia-NataHime Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is so very very so much useful!!
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TiltedCube Featured By Owner Edited Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks :D this is very helpful for my planning practice make some backgrounds!
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PsixiTheRaven Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very helpful! ;.; I could never get the hang of drawing backgrounds . . .
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Scyllarhia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful, thank you. =)
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Really interesting :) 
Great to create all type of reusable backgrounds !
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CapturedGiggles Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013   Digital Artist
This is great! I've been wanting to try drawing a background for some time now and this How - to really gives me a starting point to work off of. I love how you've simplified everything in your steps and even given examples too.
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MMDAnimatio357 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh... now I know who created the game "Sleepless Night" ....
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I did not make it :) I made the background open source and the creator used it. I do know them though, they often translate our games into German.
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Hukiolukio Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I drew a background lineart before it got to coloring... And then I just went blank... I'm never gonna be able to color it x-x
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, maybe you could try finding a photo or drawing whose colour scheme you like and get inspiration from that? Or maybe just try copying what is around you, like your room or back garden :D
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Hukiolukio Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nuh, I drew a background.. But.. I'm... Bad at coloring.... I'm only good at shadings..... >-> And my door looks hideous 3: AND AWH MY CAT JUST SAT ON THE PAPER D:< I should never leave papers just laying on my desk while my cat is in my room =o=
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turbulance-vodka Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaaaaaa!!! Incredible! Many thanks to you!! I hope you are healthy for eternity :D
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RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible thanks!
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RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
it's the background from Sleepless Night! I loved that visual novel game :D
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the creator of Sleepless Night, I'm sure they would be happy to hear that :)
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IceburgDockOne Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Thank you for making this
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prime512 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is going to help so much with my visual novels. Thanks.
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :) I'm glad it helped you.
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NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You did. i plan to make some Fan Graphic Novels. and when that time comes, this tutorial will help me along the way.
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skimlines Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
You actually chose the vanishing point according to how tall you expect the viewer to be when they enter the room, not "what looks good".
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also didn't say that. I said I chose an angle that looked good. I said the vanishing point reflected the height and angle that the room is viewed at. The horizontal line actually reflects the plane of focus of the viewer and can be unrelated to their height, such as it they were looking up or down, or if they were crouching or standing on top of something. It just depends on where they are looking :)
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very old guide. In the comments you can see the link to the newer one with a more correct view on perspective. I keep this one around because a lot of people still enjoyed it and I went into more detail about adjustment layers :)
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SaphireJames Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
This should be a big help to me and a few friends, thanks for posting!
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Shio-bookmark Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
THANK YOU for showing me how to do viewpoints.
I could never figure out how that worked.
Until today.
This isn't just useful for visual novels, it's useful for damn near everything so THANK YOU for solving the mystery!
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will probably be doing an updated version soon doing a new background. My grasp on perspective was extremely shaky when I made this. Now it's... marginally better XD
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Shio-bookmark Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Oh no just how you position the 'camera' and draw from there. That by itself was extremely helpful.
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow this is great. Thank you.
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Esdeer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great lesson!
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chuushi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is just what i need- - marry me :iconamgplz:
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Oh! I loved it! <3 Thanks!
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ThePhantomArts Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial/how-to! It was very helpful. I hope one day I can draw backgrounds as detailed as you did here. :D
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chronica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It helps me a lot! Thank you!
If I may ask you, how much time did you need to make a background like above, from sketch to an awesome one?
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I'm not entirely sure anymore. 8+ hours I think. I'm glad you like it, though there are much better people out there than me ^_^' Especially looking back after a while haha.
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EnzanBlues456 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG Thanks so much!! QuQ
:+fav:s
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Scurron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I think comments are redundant :happybounce:
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theEyZmaster Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
this was mighty impressive!
Thanks a bunch for the tuto^^
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Hoshikoori Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
this is really helpful :)
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tsubasacandy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you so much!! This is a huge help and background scenes can be so intimidating!
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Chaotic--Edge Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude that's like... crazy.. INSANELY good... Holy F*CK. XD That's beautiful dude, your attention to detail is stunning, especially lighting! The lighting is AWESOME. :D Fantastic work.
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Klio-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you much for the tutorial.:aww:
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Spicy-ramen Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I needed this information really, really badly! Thank you so much for making this!
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Dama130 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Very informative! Thank you!
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secretsolosoul Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how long does a background like this take to complete?
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too long :D
Actually,I'm not completely sure. It was quite a while, but I did make a lot of revisions and it was not something I had really done before so it was kind of a muddle. It was around 8 hours all up I think.
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secretsolosoul Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, thank you (:
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AdmirenKiwi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Im still confused on how to change your lineart color D:
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Auro-Cyanide Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which bit are you having trouble with? I can try and explain it in a more useful way :)
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AdmirenKiwi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
its ok now :dummy:
i finally get how, im just not very good at it yet xD
it was coloring the line thingy to a similar color of the object
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