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, August 17, 2008

The B is Green!

Hey Everybody!
On Monday, Sept 8, the MIGHTY B! hits the air with a week of all new episodes, every day at 5pm.
First up, Monday at 5pm, is "Bee Patients" with special guest star Rob Corddry. It's one of our favorites episodes, and we hope you'll tune in. Got a blog? A MySpace page? Signal fire? We'd really appreciate it if you got the word out to animation and comedy fans.
Here's the entire schedule:
Mon, 9/8 @ 5:00 - "Bee Patients" (paired with "Ten Little Honeybees")
Tues, 9/9 @ 5:00 - "Night Howl" (paired with "Bee Patients")
Wed, 9/10 @ 5:00 - 13B "Hat Trick" (paired with 13A "Night Howl")
Thur, 9/11 @ 5:00 - 14A "Apoxalypse Now" (paired with 13B "Hat Trick")
Fri, 9/12 @ 5:00 - 14B "Hive Jacked" (paired with 14A "Apoxalypse Now")

Still not enough? Catch these additional broadcasts:

Wed, 9/10 @ 5:30 - 12A "Bee Patients"/10A "Ten Little Honeybees"
Thur, 9/11 @ 5:30 - 13A "Night Howl"/12A "Bee Patients"
Fri, 9/12 @ 5:30 - 13B "Hat Trick"/13A "Night Howl"
Fri, 9/12 @ 6:00 - 12A "Bee Patients"/10A "Ten Little Honeybees"

Many thanks!

During the last year I have been painting backgrounds for the new Nickelodeon TV Cartoon: The Mighty B." It's about the overzealous adventures of Bessie Higgenbottom (Amy Poehler V.O.) the most dedicated member of the Honeybees a Girl Scout like troop. If not adventuring with her Dog Happy she is often unintentionally infighting with her Nemesis Portia her rich fellow B member to see who can earn the most troop badges. The Show runner/ Co creator/ Director is the Multi- talented Erik Wiese and the gifted Art Director Seonna Hong have been a joy to work with. Here are some small typical background keys for the show. These are still done mostly by hand with sometimes a few adjustments with Photoshop. Ours is the best Ren and Stimpy influnced show to come down the pike in my opinion and are still proudly working in 2d!

The kids behind the show at our "Green light" for the second season luncheon last week. Missing is Larry( layout man extraordinaire) Murphy who took the shot.


Blogger Jesse said...

What kind of paint do you use for these primarily?

6:12 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Cell vinyl and some soft body Liquitex.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

These are fantastic! So happy you posted them... I've certainly been admiring your handiwork on the show. I'll be looking forward to the second season. Congrats!

With the Liquitex, are you using that mainly for large color areas, or details?

8:34 PM  
Blogger Uncle Phil said...

beautiful as always bill. And congrats on the new season pick-up.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Barbasaurus Rex said...

You never cease to amaze. Thank you for sharing these! Genius!!!

11:02 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Pumml-- I just use whats on my desk close at hand.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Arthur Filloy said...

Hey Bill,

Really nice work there mate!
It's good to see some solid ballsy art back on the tube. Congrats on the greenlight, and be sure to post some more. Big Bad Bill rocks!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Arthur Filloy said...

Hey Bill,

Nice job as always, It's great to see
some hard ass professional work again. Congrats on the green light, and I sure hope to see more postings!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Adele K. Thomas said...


awesome man, thanks for the updates...ive been a fan of your tv bgs since I was nine and I didnt even know who did them or as a 27 year still drooling over your work.

HEY ARTHUR! Quit slacking and get back to may be in the next suburb but I still can seeeee you! :D

10:05 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thanks Uncle P!

11:47 PM  
Blogger william wray said...

thanks FD. We try in our humble way to give back to the children.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Jason Miskimins said...

awesome stuff...i am a big fan of your work.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Aurore Damant said...

Awesome artwork! Painted backgrounds really got a great charm. Thank you for sharing!

12:13 PM  
Blogger polaco scalerandi said...

i love you work. its very very very fantastic. you are a genius for me
sorry my bad english
el polaco from argentina

6:09 PM  
Blogger Allyn said...

it's such a great looking show, i wish they'd show it over in the uk already! congrats on the second season as well, at least when it makes it over the pond i'll have a mass of episodes to watch :D

2:10 AM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...

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3:27 PM  
Blogger Vincent Waller said...

Fuck all! Those are some beautiful paintings, and a good looking crew as well.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wonderful images! Thanks for sharing these!

7:01 PM  
Blogger sin said...

These are Awesome! Very inspirational.

Thanks for Sharing!

10:46 AM  
Blogger chrisallison said...

hey bill, did you do the bloody instruments painting from bee patients? i think there were also some creatures in tubes that stuck out in my mind.

i got to look at your BG's a lot during my internship. along with the great people i got to work with, that made it really worth my time.

8:12 PM  
Blogger kris.w said...

these are so awesome, thank you for posting them! i've been a HUGE fan of your work since i was old enough to read credits at the end of a tv show. i shall absolutely spread the word about the new Mighty B episodes (and of course watch them myself). hope to work with you someday at Nick!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Kali Fontecchio said...

Very pretty, wish I had tv.

And oh my, Barone's!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Is Scott with you on this gig?

5:47 PM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Oh man, these are so awesome!!!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Gav said...

You are a very gifted artist.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Doug Gray said...

These are great. I wish more shows looked as good as this!

1:22 AM  

dude these are awesome :D I wish i was that talented :)
also the Mighty B! airs in australia this september the 24th so I can wait to watch IT!

4:41 AM  
Blogger Miles Thompson said...

f yes

2:08 PM  
Blogger SteveLambe said...

Really gorgeous bgs, Bill. Huge congrats on the pickup as well.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Lydia Sanchez said...

Amazing blog O_O

The below backgorund are of Samurai Jack?? Are fantastic. It's gouache?

3:49 PM  
Blogger Bengo said...

These are especially nice. Thanks for loading up the lot.

Bengo webcomic :)

7:42 PM  
Blogger Tony Mitchell said...

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11:25 AM  
Blogger Tony Mitchell said...

I always loved your work Ray your colors are amazing and your style as well ,you have a amazing control in your paintings, very very tight man!!! Sweet work.

11:28 AM  
Blogger soundofthesun said...

Bill, this is some awesome amazing stuff!
This might be a sore subject, but any word on Korgoth. Over two years later and I'm still obsessed about that show!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Kyle Poling said...

I'm so happy I found this blog, I've been watching this show and absolutely loving the backgrounds, just has a wonderful, retro feel. Its great to see hand-painted backgrounds again with some great design and unique perspective to them - congrats on the second season, will be tuning in

8:10 PM  
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Blogger Bob said...

Congrats on B being Green. Anyways your paintings look great also.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Dominic Philibert said...

Great illustrations!
Very nice style!
I'm really impressed

7:13 PM  
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Blogger Celso Mathias said...


Celso Mathias(Brasil)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Corey said...

Thanks for sharing all of this artwork. The Mighty B is really fun

10:28 PM  
Blogger rngnt99 said...

Love the work man great color and technique!!!!!

4:06 PM  
Blogger cwyatt said...

Great paintings!

11:15 PM  
Blogger mel magee said...

how do you find time for everything?
i guess no time for you to give workshops.

7:37 PM  
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