"The tools that characterize a person’s time and place in technological history are the ones that a person actually uses, the technologies relied upon so heavily that they can feel like an extension of oneself."
This one is quick and not good, but I'm getting better with using Holbein's Acryla Gouache paint. The technique is actually really similar to using a full palette frottis ebauche in oil painting.
From what I've seen from Studio Ghibli, they start their backgrounds loosely with large brushes and then they finish the detail. Working broad to narrow has roots in every form of painting.
Anyone interested in background painting for animation should check out this video:
I'm setting a goal for 2016 to work as honestly and sincerely as I can. To never accept a truth that I have not realized. For me, this is what makes a good work of art. When something goes well, it's simply realizing a truth about nature, regardless of how much 'technique' is involved. I'm simply going to try and learn as much as I can for 2016.