xKore Background Art

Concept_Art

The clients wanted a brooding Gotham-like cityscape.

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The SaltMarsh

The SaltMarsh is my second animated short.  It is a work in progress, between assignments.  The backgrounds shown here are first composed in storyboard form.  The boards have enough detail to serve as a decent shot layout.  From there I work on rough, cold press watercolor paper.  I produce a black and white tonal painting with Japanese stick ink and traditional brushes.  Next, I scan the painting on a large, high quality flatbed scanner.  The painting is digitally colored, and eventually composited using a virtual After Effects camera.

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“Near” Background Art

After traveling in Nepal, Japan, Peru, Hawaii and a lot of the American west, mostly with dusty boots and a backpack, I sat and pondered the pile of film I’d shot.  I had worked in-house so much at agencies, production facilities and networks, that I’d never had time to animate something for myself.  This was the time to start.  The first thing I did was start drawing environments.  Below are a few of the results.

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