Mad About Cartoons

Bill Wray is trying to make the transition fine art but is known as a cartoonist, a background painter/ Art director and sometimes animation director. This will be the place he post his ocasional animation and cartooning work and also be a place to bitch or wax sentimentally about cartoons in general. It’s been a love and hate relationship for many years and the long journey may not be quite over.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

final (with a layout re- draw by the legendary Cary Yoest who is doing amazing work on the show) the rest are all me.

Here is a special preview for you all of the title cards being done for the up coming Mighty Bee episodes. I've included some roughs to give you an idea how the choices are made. Obviously there are a few that I submitted that I knew were to raunchy for a kids show, but hope springs eternal and it's nice to have a laugh with my semi- indulgent boss Erik Wiese.



alternate with spelling error that will not be used.




Blogger Arti said...

what an interesting job you have!:) very high quality illustrations....

10:13 PM  
Blogger j.etienne said...

very inspiring work.such quality helps to improve myself.

9:24 AM  
Blogger pumml said...

These are great, Bill. The mood in that bottom one especially. I'm also really digging the one with the spelling error. I notice digital techniques creeping into these more and more... I know why, but the purist in me wishes it wasn't so!

Thanks for sharing these gems!

10:58 PM  
Blogger Hattermad said...

Fandiddlytastic Mssr. Wray...Daughter asked me why I was looking at Mighty B pics and I told her 'bout you...(she's 8 and a Sam Jack fan too!)Showed her your fine art stuff...she likes the bathroom pic.

1:21 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Arti,J and Pumml-- yes they are 100% digital. The future is now.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

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9:43 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

These are fun! Do you know when new episodes will be airing? It's such a funny show!

And what program do you do the digital paintings in? Love the textures.

Your work is really inspiring.

9:59 AM  
Blogger XAV said...

i'm a really big fan of our background, i'm more in characters but, wheni see what you do, i can't stop tellig me i want to do the same.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Very nice, thx for sharing!

4:12 PM  
Blogger ryan said...

haha very cool

11:24 AM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...


6:23 PM  
Blogger Austin "oppo" Papageorge said...


You are quite possibly the best animation color stylist alive today!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Coop said...

Check out "A Patchwork Of Flesh" blog for details and photos of a Frankenstein art project.
I'd love for you and your readers to get involved.

2:04 AM  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Hooray for title cards!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

I love seeing this sort of stuff!!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

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8:26 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Just trashed a comment by Jess who just self promoted in a spam like way.Learn some manners J--

10:35 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Coop is a little spam like too but i know him so I'm trusting that he feels it's a good thing.

10:36 AM  
Blogger david gemmill said...

I saw the B2theBee one. Man it turned out awesome! her massive back cracked me up.

11:00 PM  
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8:03 PM  
Blogger spleenal said...

aw cool!
I was just blindly blundering around the net and found your blog.
My kids and I all love the mighty bee

2:21 PM  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

The don't make 'em like this anymore.
-Great stuff!

12:11 AM  
Blogger Andrew Murray said...

Hey William,

I'm a HUGE fan of Mighty B, and love your paintings. Super cool! Please post more stuff your work is a real treat for the eye.

Hope to see lots more Mighty B and others,


3:24 AM  
Blogger Maurizio Ercole said...

Rainbow fart, psychedelic smell! Love your works! Greetings from Venice, Italy.

2:21 AM  
Blogger robi pena said...

Amazing blog, amazing works!! Your illustrations are lovely!! Cheers!!

1:12 PM  
Blogger brockorama said...

I've been a fan of your colors for the longest time! This show really is beautiful. Thanks for posting these!

9:35 PM  
Blogger buddy bradley said...

you are one of my heroes.

2:25 PM  
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12:52 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Two thumbs up!great work!I hope you could also post some spongebob images.I love watching the TV show

7:28 PM  
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11:38 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Really good news!! Great job here!!

2:28 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Um, these are FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! That gorilla is a beaut!

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