Ugh. Backgrounds. It’s always been something I’ve considered a weakness in my work and because of that, I tend to favour illustrations that don’t focus too much on the environment.

Does the scene look boring? Add a diagonal shadow and it’s way more dynamic.

But that changes this year. Since I’ve recovered from my Christmas pneumonia, I can now say that one of my New Years resolutions will be to get better at backgrounds and to actually take a good look at how to not only improve but to also change my attitude towards them.