July 14, 2008

Milt Gross + Hanna Barbera BG Study

Here's my attempt at a Milt Gross drawing mixed with Hanna Barbera style painting from the 50's, ala Bob Gentle and Art Lozzi. This is a little exercise John K posted awhile back that I wanted to try. There are a few sloppy areas and the colors look better in person. I have another color version I'll post soon.

My attempt at combining the styles. 4.5" x 10" cel vinyl acrylic on Bristol paper. Scan.


The original Milt Gross illustration.

Sample of HB background art.

Also, go check out John's latest post about Scott Wills, where he uses many of the DVD screencaps I put together. Thanks for the mention, John!


Andy said...

Like the texture and colors you've done on the carpet.

JohnK said...

you don't have to post this, but you asked me for comments:

I think you are trying too hard to be flat and graphic
there's more to style than just using flat colors and sponges

you have to be able to control brushes too

I want my bgs to convey warmth and mood

that's partly done by clever colors and value control and also by careful brush techniques and the right choices of techniques. Sponge can't do everything.

I have tons of examples on my blog of what kind of BGs I would like...

keep up the great blog and if you try more styles I'll be glad to take a look!

pumml said...

Thanks for the comments, John! I know I've got a long way to go, but I'm willing to put in the effort. Your advice is much appreciated!

patrick said...

Great food for thought. As I watch early Ren & Stimpy's, I see what he's talking about.

I did some Milt Gross BGs too; coincidentally the day before he posted that blog on BGs. If you're curious to see them, you can Here

Timpa said...
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Timpa said...

Hey man, I love that style! Glad I followed you from Fowkes here! I tried to emulate it when i was trying to learn 2D animation. If you got the time the animation is on my homepage under "Personal Projects"