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.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Here is one by the great Scott Wills. I twisted his arm to do this one just becasue I wanted to see how great it would be...from a Bob Camp layout. Gator is too.
I'll be doing a Sam Jack post soon. He willl be featured.

unused title card. Bob wanted it painted normal.


Blogger Piotr said...

such awesome people

3:26 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Wow. Room full of superstars! What I would have given to be a fly on the wall.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Hey! is that Anthony's dad?

6:38 PM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Oh,and whos the guy to the right in the photo?

6:39 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

In case you're serious, the guy on the right is (the other background painter extraordinare) Scott Wills.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Yeah, thanks Drake.. Ive never seen Scott.. much respect though. Bill and Scott painted some of the most memorable closeups and BGs in history!

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After I saw the title, John K was the last guy I expected to see in the picture.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Ryan Khatam said...

holy shit AWESOME PAINTING thanks for posting this, awesome!!

please post more original paintings from r&s if you have time, please!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Wendi. S. said...

Hey William, Just lucked on your blog, and your work was what my childhood dream was. But I think I know where you're coming from now, everyone always asked me when I was going to do real art? I've finally learnt....paint from the heart.
Love your work !!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Awesome bgs, Bill! I hope you'll keep posting these. That sponge technique in the trees is beautiful, and the linework is so solid. May I ask, what size do these generally get painted?

1:18 PM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

hi bill! you're crazy alright!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Shawn Dickinson said...


1:18 PM  
Blogger Clinton said...

nice to meet you Bill!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Pedro Vargas said...

My God! Thank you so much for posting these. This is exactly what cartoons need now! Beautifully painted backgrounds from the amazing Bill Wray! I love the colors on that corocodile painting and the Anthony's dad one is just too Goddamn cool!

9:46 PM  
Blogger C. A. M. Thompson said...

That alligator is super gorgeous. I hope you post some more!

It would be great if Scott Wills put up some of his work online too.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Ryan Khatam said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

DAMN they are cool!

12:38 AM  
Blogger roque said...

The colors, especially in the alligator, are amazingly vivid. Outstanding.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Croc/Gator is blowing my mind!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was going to say something nice and constructive and gushing. Things like " I really like the Zoo Back Ground"...But then I started saying "Zoo BG" to myself. and if you keep saying it... Zoo BG, ZooBG, Zoobg, zoobg zoobg zzzooobg... I kinda can't stop now.

sorry, I'll be more proper the next time I leave a comment.

10:56 AM  
Blogger katzenjammer studios said...

pumml: you can see the acme pegholes at the bottom. that should be a good indication for you if you've ever seen animation paper.

you're the greatest, bill! just a real knockout. i'm inspired to pick up painting again this summer.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Thanks, Katzenjammer. I'm a graphic designer by trade and have never seen animation paper in person. I'm guessing it's the 12 field size though? Approximately 14 x 10.5"?

10:51 AM  
Blogger Ryan G. said...

Hey I like that unused title card. Do you do color studies first before you do the final? Or do you just start rocking out?

10:51 AM  
Blogger Ryan Khatam said...

cool in the army title card! i like that one & the one that was used a lot!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Diego A. Parés said...

Mr. Wray, you are one of the greatest artists of the last year.
Im a argentine cartoonist, sorry, please, my Tarzan english.
I love all the close ups for Ren & Stimpy, and the Big Blown Bay comics, but here i see some new close ups amazing, better than everyting I see in the past.
I se your "serious" painting, are great, you have no limits. Like many cartoonist from Argentina, I admire very much.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Diego A. Parés said...

Sorry, last years, last 20 years is what I try to say.

1:28 PM  
Blogger SHANE PRIGMORE said...

So inspiring man. Hey i hear you might be helping out over here with some stuff. Hopefully I'll bump into you some time. Keep kicking ass.

10:49 AM  
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2:47 PM  
Blogger Chris Dainty, Rita Street said...

Awesome work!!! Really cool

6:48 AM  
Blogger Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Nice work, Bill! Really fun stuff, brilliantly painted!

1:05 PM  
Blogger ming said...

what's a title card?

7:43 PM  
Blogger edwinushiro said...

Bill these are so awesome. Thanks for sharing them. I loved your work for years, I just never knew who did them. Thanks for revealing your true identity.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Yeldarb86 said...

For your background work, what's the usual schedule you're under?

It seems like you have to retain a lot of resources in order to produce so much color for one 11-minute cartoon.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

I just peed my pants a little, at the gorgeous rat bg and the news of the upcoming Sam Jack bgs! This is shaping up to be one hell of a post. Thanks, Bill!

Btw, I tried to contact Scott about designing a website, please let him know the offer still stands!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...

Ahhh, how many times have I awoke in the nuclear dawn with a wild eyed Opossum in a flowered feez staring down at me from a tree branch.

Beautiful stuff all.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

what is it about black that cartoonists love???

7:50 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks everyone! Your comments are uplifting. I'm sorry I have to do less personal answering of each comment, but I read them and am filed with joy and spurred on to post more art despite no time. I'm working hard on The Mighty Bee for Nick and my one man show in September. Everyone is trying so very hard on MB, it should be a great show.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Kali Fontecchio said...

These are all ridiculously amazing.

I'm in complete awe!

4:41 PM  
Blogger sdestefano said...

Uh. I thought I owned that ZOO ENTRANCE bg.
Don't I? Is that a photocopy, Bill? (Maybe I'm crazy, and I've got the photocopy....I dunno. This is all beautiful, either way...)

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mind is melted!

1:35 PM  
Blogger rastapitan said...

excelente arte conchetumare

9:58 PM  
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