Friday, November 23, 2007

the BG Style I'd Like To See

I would love to see the combination of Milt Gross's BG drawing style
with the painting style of Art and Monte




Look at these great colors! None of that pink purple and lime green stuff here.
Note the clever thinking of where to have strong contrast and where to have low contrast. Whatever has the strongest contrasts-like the house colors and values, draws attention to itself against the low contrasts of the grass wall and sky.

The house colors are all related too but the values are more contrasted than the relative colors. The colors all have orange-beige in them. This makes it hold together as one entity- a house.
I've been helping out a few cartoon students who have shown an apitude and eagerness to learn, like Amir and Mitch.

If anyone wants to practice and shows some aptitude for BG painting, I'll give you some tips.
Here's a simple one to practice on. Blow it up, trace it and paint it using Art's techniques. r paint one of the other Milt Gross BGs.

and below is a step by step how to paint this style:

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/12/color-theory-art-lozzi-explains-some.html

28 comments:

T' said...
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Larry Levine said...

Milt Gross was a true master! In creating his comic strips, Milt did it all himself--he had to Bob Clampett, Phil DeGuard & Rod Scribner rolled into one (and I don't think too many cartoonists can do that with equal success).

Plus--Milt simply knew how to draw FUNNY, characters and backgrounds alike!

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Rafi animates said...

awesome! I'm on the case. gonna give it a try and see what I come up with. I'll only show you my efforts if they look anywhere near decent enough - which I doubt they will!

thanks for all the great posts lately John.

Joe said...

Lovin' these posts, John.

Here's an attempt at a b/g. I'd like some crits if possible.

http://www.neapolitan500.com/images/gallery/dog.gif

diego cumplido said...

shit. What I'd really like to do is to follow all your lessons and stop doing the stuff I must do for the film school in which I'm studying (and by the way, I'm hating it).

Thanks John, you change perspectives.

David Germain said...

I've been helping out a few cartoon students who have shown an apitude and eagerness to learn, like Amir and Mitch.

Mitch is a good dude. Although, he's got to learn that the ocean is not a good place to keep his keys. ;)

Mitch K said...

What kind of paint and what kind of ground did Art use?

(PS to DaveG: John was referring to another Mitch who is not me. Also, I got my keys back!!)

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Hi John

I haven't started on backgrounds, but I've been working on the other lessons.

I did the Bugs Bunny lesson you posted a few weeks ago, and I've been copying Preston Blair and old model sheets. Could ya take a look? How am I doing?

www.holyshenanigans.blogspot.com

Thanks

David Germain said...

John was referring to another Mitch who is not me

Whoops. My bad.

mr.ed said...

grossso!
d big one

Kali Fontecchio said...

I c-a-n d-o i-t

Dungeon Warden said...

Here is my painting of the Gross Living Room. I fear that the colors might be too pastel, but I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions. Rip is apart if you must, but please help me to get better at this.

patchwork said...

Mitch, I noticed in the Art Lozzi post John linked to, that he mentions using cel paint. John then added a link to a place to buy some.

Will Finn said...

What I love about Milt Gross is that his drawings are crazy but clean and clear. These backgrounds are excellent examples of that. Since his only animated films were done in B&W it would be cool to see them in color, as you've indicated...

Jim Rockford said...

Those H-B backgrounds are superb!
it seems like sometime after the early 60's our color palate became more and more limited and primary.(or dark and dingy in some cases).
Incidentally,I got to say that the backgrounds you guys did in Boo Boo Runs Wild were incredible,
you proved it can still be done!

cartoon lad said...

Is Art Lozzi retired? You should hire him for your next cartoon.

shane said...

Hi John, here's my attempt. Thanks for the info on your site!

http://mcdoodlepants.blogspot.com/2007/11/milt-gross-background.html

Kei Phillips said...

these BG's are pretty awesome!

Mr. Semaj said...
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JohnK said...

I will be happy to comment on actual Milt Gross bgs that are painted in the HB style and using the HB colors.

Maybe my post was witten unclearly. Sorry about that.

Johnny Mastronardi said...

Here's what I came up with. I played with the colors a bit to compensate for fading. Click Here

David W. said...

OK I gave it a shot...

http://quasi-interestingparaphernaliainc.blogspot.com/

Kali Fontecchio said...

"Maybe my post was witten unclearly. Sorry about that."

Well witten indeed. HA!


I'll do it one of these days.

Adam said...

Milt Gross's compositions are incredible. He's definitely a 'know the rules but breaks the rules' kinda guy. There's nothing accidental in those backgrounds. Too Good!

Freckled Derelict said...

You are Psychic!!
I just got huckleberry hound dvd this weekend and have been inspired by the backgrounds!
Thanks for the link to your previous post what amazing tips!

shane said...

Hi again, here's another stab at it:
http://mcdoodlepants.blogspot.com/2007/11/another-attempt.htmlhttp://mcdoodlepants.blogspot.com/2007/11/another-attempt.html

Mateus Pereira said...

Hi John, if you have some time, this my undersea attempt:

http://canalperdido.blogspot.com

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Mateus