Hey ya'lls, I've been working on an animated web series and this is my first real stab at animation since college Flash projects. I'm using mostly the Adobe suite. Illustrator, After Effects, anyway, my main issue is dealing with backgrounds. I've spent so much time drawing and re-drawing or throwing out background designs because they just look dumb. I've been watching a lot of old Simpson episodes recently, and I noticed everything is mostly filled in with a solid color, and yet it looks so good to me. Here is a clip for example: https://youtu.be/PMPG0pOmRB8. Is there a way to make my background not look so computer-y other than drawing it by hand and using a scanned color copy as the background? I don't know why I keep letting the backgrounds hold me back. I'm just never satisfied. Here's a clip of what I'm working with now: https://youtu.be/wlUCr3sVdXI . If anyone has any useful tips on background art, I'd love to hear it. Feel like it's hardly ever a part of the animation conversation.