An eyeopener - for me - from Scott McCloud's "Making comics" : you can have complex backgrounds and simple characters. (He uses "Bone" as a reference, if I remember correctly.)

So I stopped worrying about keeping foreground and background in the same style, and
discovered that a detailed background once in a while helps to establish things better in my head.

@yncke words to live by

Draw by

Often times I find myself spending about twice as much time working on the backgrounds of a strip and I often find that it looks pretty good, even if the line art for my characters boils down to literally a circle, oval, and four sticks

Just something about that juxtaposition between the simple and the relatively complex just... works.

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