May 18, 2008

Art Lozzi BG Study

I've been wanting to do some background studies from cartoon screencaps, so here's a study of a partial pan background from Yogi Bear by the amazing Art Lozzi. I tried to do this accurately to the original and in doing so, learn more about how the HB background painters used color and texture. I approached the painting by using the methods that Art described in some posts on John K's blog, using cartoon cels to mask out the shapes and so forth.

Here's Art's original

My attempt. It could use some improvement in a few areas.
8" x 10.5" on 12 field size bristol paper (vellum finish).

I was distressed a little after the 2 ply bristol buckled pretty bad after the initial paint layer (the paint seemed sufficiently thick), but after a couple days it flattened out. In the future I'd prefer to use slightly thicker bristol, I think.

I'll post up shots of the process soon.


Andy said...

Wow! That's a pretty close match! Must've taken a while?

Anonymous said...

Great study Drake! It really does suck when your board severely buckles. One thing you can do to try and help that is to put some thin wet paint, gesso, etc on the reverse side to help even out the buckilng.

Can't wait to see the next one!

Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...
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Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Thanks, Andy and Clarke!

Clarke - when do you apply the paint to the reverse side to even it out? At the beginning?

C.B. Canga said...

great blog you've got here. love your style.

good to see your process.

xenos said...

now thats friggin impressive...