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.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Playhouse Poster and Hans Bacher

I always wanted to do a Broadway or movie poster, my way. When the community playhouse in Sierra Madre asked me to do a poster for a modest budget, I volunteered to do it for free if they gave me total art directional control. The play is about two male actors who play women in a Shakespearian play. I ran out of time to do the lettering so I let them do the type, with minimal suggestions. Working for free makes me realize cartooning isn't dead to me, just art directors are.

Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation (Hardcover)
by Hans Bacher

Order this from Amazon-- The best I've seen on all elements layout.


Blogger Unknown said...

The feminine hand with the ARM HAIR really makes it for me, Bill. - mh

4:18 PM  
Blogger Gabriel said...

that sounds cool. So they don't get to tell you how to do your stuff, but what it they simply don't want to use it?

3:23 AM  
Blogger Gabriel said...

it = if

3:23 AM  
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Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

Glad to hear it, Bill. This is a very striking piece. Love what you did with it. Digital, yes no?

9:08 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks everyone. If they didn't want to use the image I'd be shocked since I gave a pretty good verbal description. As far as process is from a rough brush maker sketch taken into Photoshop.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...

Lush...I mean the painting of course.
I Gotta be careful with those one word compliments.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Aurore Damant said...

It's gorgeous. Very inspiring! May I say that I never imagined posting a comment to the man who traumatized me when I was a child, with his freaky Ren and Stimpy Show's paintings :)

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff Bill.
Liking the hairy man-arm with the nail-polished hand.

2:33 AM  
Blogger Eshniner Forest said...

I like how you make things look old.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

Yowzers! All digital? NICE!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Tobias Schwarz said...

Looking great.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Erik D. Martin said...

haha this one is really awesome!

12:05 PM  
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Blogger a guy in a gorilla suit said...

your artwork always rocks - but this is another highlight - really really hilarious !!!

5:33 PM  
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