That is the purpose of backgrounding, to lay out the terrain for your action. Backgrounds don't necessarily form beautifully composed pictures. They're "working pictures," they have a job to do and being pretty is not always one of them.
Here I've arranged my blue pencil elements to form my composite rough:
You'll note that everything appears transparent and obviously leaving it this way would be too confusing to paint. So we erase those parts from each layer we don't need, giving us this:
So now we paint. Stay tuned.