Sunday, 26 January 2014

Background Exploration

I love it
This post is all about backgrounds. To get started I'll just show you a few real quick thumbnails splashes I started off with to get the gist of the location and the sort of area we're going for. I've even chucked in an initial design of our life drawing model to stand there and look pretty.

Traditional really wasn't going to work for us with this, it just didn't seem right as it wasn't cartoony enough for the type of animation. Then that left us with figuring out style that would work.
I've done some research on the type of backgrounds we want for our piece and got a lot of inspiration in 'Eliot the Kid' backgrounds which can be found at I like the looseness of the line work and how it isn't always consistent with the colour bocks.
Rather than going all in however, I thought it'd be a smarter move to just test out whether the technique and style worked for me and I did a few pages of props that could be in our backgrounds.
This would be for our life drawing room. Since they're usually very bland I used dulled colours and there isn't many props to work with, so I added an ugly statue. Let's be honest, they all have one. My main success with this is that the line work outside the colour would distract attention from the background which is exactly what we want with this. The more attention on the characters the better.
Our park props. I fiddled about with different shaped trees, I can easily mix and match the leaves with the bark so I have plenty to work with from this, though it never hurts to do more. I particularly like the lampost which I feel I got inspiration from the 2013 Disney's 'Mickey Mouse' shorts That program is some really beautiful stuff.
Lastly, these are some extra props. I did play around with the line work outside the colour for buildings but it doesn't have the same pretty effect it had for the props, it just look messy to me. It would be ok if there wasn't meant to be focus on them but we need a building to focus on for a few clips so we'll likely go with something similar to the building on the right; but with more detail.
I will say though, I had fun drawing the wrecking balls, I could do it all day. If that job existed, I would be all up on that.

Katy's website is still until she sorts a blog. Until then I will be poking her with a hot stick.
That's all for now.

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