Animation with character for TV, web, film, and interactive.
Ladies Knight - Sir Knightly's Castle
Sir Knightly's castle is designed to look like a bit like Sir Knightly.
I drew the backgrounds for this film in Flash, just like the animation, to facilitate multiplane effects and allow the characters interact with the scenery. I overlayed a watercolor texture and deliberately colored outside of the lines to make the backgrounds look more painterly and less "Flash-y." I drew and colored all 140 backgrounds for the film.
I chose the color palette more or less on the fly, since there was simply not time to do a color script. I knew I wanted each scene to have a different palette, and I used Super Mario Bros. as inspiration. (The film can be divided into four "worlds:" Grasslands, Fire, Forest, and Castle.)
Ladies Knight - Cupid's Courtyard
The bright colors here evoke spring and young love. However, the broken heart and broken arrow signal that maybe Sir Knightly and the Princess aren't meant to be.
Ladies Knight - Dragon's Castle Int.
Looking up at the Dragon while he brags in song about his (fake) relationship with the Princess. The colors are aggressive while allowing the red dragon to pop.
Ladies Knight - Dragon's Castle Makeover
The Princess gives the dragon's castle a woman's touch. Pink returns to the color palette to signify love, this time with calming blue colors to reflect the Princess' newfound confidence.
Also, I think a dragon's castle decked out with hearts and ribbons is funny.
Bite Size - Buddy's Time Machine
After a "Back-to-the-Future"-style montage, Buddy and his dog, Chui, savor their new invention. I did "key" backgrounds like this one to set the color palette for each major sequence.
These backgrounds use the same technique I used in Ladies Knight of overlaying a watercolor texture and coloring outside the lines to make the backgrounds feel more organic. These backgrounds are very loose and (with some exceptions) compositionally flat to look like a child's drawings.
Bite Size - Kitchen
In place of red, white and blue, the Buddersons' kitchen is desaturated pink, grey, and navy to reflect their faded, dysfunctional family life. Like many American families, the Buddersons don't spend enough time together.
Bite Size -- Marketing Jungle
The jungle gets darker and more hostile as Buddy explores deeper.
Bite Size - Marketing Jungle Escape!
The jungle design reflects Buddy's alarmed state as he runs from the ferocious cereal mascots who inhabit the Marketing Jungle.
Bite Size - Soda Falls
Buddy and his sisters overlook a perilous drop down a waterfall of sugar into a lake of soda.
Doggone Murderer - Hallway (Blue)
Background color tests for my abortive first senior film concept, a fusion of Looney Tunes and Hitchcock. I wanted the backgrounds to be the right combination of cartoonish and dark, like an old comic book. I turned to Calvin and Hobbes, Pajama Sam and Invader Zim for inspiration.
This blue color palette was the best blend of inviting but slightly sinister. It also contrasted nicely with the main character, Danny Barkowitz, a civilized orange dog.
Doggone Murderer - Hallway (multicolored)
I decided this palette was a little too cheerful.
Doggone Murderer - Hallway (pink)
I liked this palette, but I thought it evoked passion instead of crime. If the characters had been green instead of orange, it might have worked.
Adventure is UP There! - Muntz's Dirigible
Guests' view of Muntz's blimp as they dramatically approach from below. Angling the blimp so that guests see the bottom makes it appear to loom larger than it really is.
Adventure is UP There! - Happy Ending
At the end of the ride, guests recover Kevin from Muntz and finally earn their bird-watching badge. Guests would see this animatronic vignette before unloading into the Wilderness Explorer Lodge (gift shop).