What about it? Our art is story driven. Sometimes we do themes instead but there is a narrative. We come up with backstories, either made up or existing lore.
why? A painting is more interesting when characters have something to do. Draw verbs. Environments are more immersive when there's story behind it. Gives life. Know where to go with designs. Gives reason for things in a painting to be there. Connect with character when they aren't just standing there. Gives more meaning to painting beyond pretty picture.
audience engagement; What are your favorite stories in art?