Wednesday, December 30, 2009

BG Paintings In The Curriculum



THESE ARTICLES ARE ABOUT TECHNIQUE, COLOR WILL COME NEXT

18 comments:

The Butcher said...

Oh! Goodie! Useful stuff-a commin!

Elana Pritchard said...

Very clear, beautiful bgs. Can't wait to see the articles!

JohnK said...

They are there again.

Ryan said...

I really appreciate the HB backgrounds thanks to your blog.

In the Art Lozzi post, he mentions the repeat pans, but he doesn't really explain how to make something like that. On the computer, I'd duplicate the background and then tweek either end until it matches up. But how do you do that with paint? Wrap the picture around a barrel?

Whit said...

Mary Blair's nearly black ice from "Once Upon a Wintertime" remains a stroke of design genius.

Paul B said...

just beautiful

Elana Pritchard said...

:)

chrisallison said...

AWESOME color theories from ms. gordon. the more desaturated base color of the udders really helps the more saturated pinks/reds to pop. really adds to the gross factor.

hey john, i'd personally like to really see a post about your gross paintings. hear about some color and more importantly lighting theories that you guys had (sure show's in bill and scott's finals) to help pump up the _grossness_ factor.

i think lighting is HUGE in cartoons, but doesn't get discussed half as much as live action. it's another tool to really set mood and stuff. you guys did some great stuff in R/S. great frankenstein, underlit stuff, implied roomspace with designed triangular light patterns, etc. andrew brandow gave me and my pals some great information, but i was wondering if i could squeeze you for any more

thanks!

RooniMan said...

Pure eye candy.

Michael said...

I've brought John K into a interesting Linkedin discussion. I'm fighting for John K against a bunch of pro TV writers. Where's Donald Basterd?

This TV writer responded but deleted his own comment. Here it is:

Animation, Media & Entertainment

date Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM
subject New comment on "Can anyone recommend a good book about how to write animation scripts?"

LinkedIn Groups

* Group: Animation, Media & Entertainment
* Subject: New comment (42) on "Can anyone recommend a good book about how to write animation scripts?"

With all due respect to John K, and I have plenty, he's not what you'd call objective about the subject of writers and animation.
Posted by Andrew R. Robinson

JohnK said...

There isn't much point arguing with writers that can't draw. Because they have no way of proving they are needed without artists making their stuff work.

And no one is more objective than me about this subject since I've done it both ways and had my biggest success doing it the same way Disney did.

Zoran Taylor said...

Hey John, I'm sure you're pretty occupied with everything right now, but when you have the time I'd love to read your thoughts on the second-to-last scene of "The Bashful Buzzard". You know the one - Beaky sees the "little guy" and teases him, we discover he's a behemoth, Beaky figures it out and then insanity ensues. There are some unbelievable camera moves in that - shows what a little idea called "control" and another little idea called "purpose" does for live-action-influenced "camera" work in a cartoon. If you could do a full breakdown of that whole scene it would be much appreciated.

3awashi thani said...

:O i wanna paint like that !! T_T

Michael Sporn said...

The last watercolor BG posted is a beauty. Harman-Ising?

JohnK said...

I'm not sure Michael. I assumed it was Disney. I probably go it from Rob Richards' blog. There'd be a link in the actual post that uses it.

I just grabbed a few examples from a number of posts I've done about BGs, to show a variety of techniques.

Stephen Worth said...

@ Michael Sporn: Looks like it might be from The Flying Mouse

Isaac said...

You'll find it on Rob Richards's site, it's from The Grasshopper and The Ants.

Mordicai Sulk said...

Sigh. Just started doing ALL exercise in the Preston Blair book this afternoon. I've been cartooning all my life, and been working as a professional editorial cartoonist since 1992, and man, I feel like I've never drawn before.

I guess the drawings aren't THAT bad, but their pretty terrible.

Anyways, gonna keep at it and do some copies of these background paintings. Thanks for the inspiration!

mg.