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.

Monday, October 04, 2010

What is a Beat board?

Beat Boards are sketches for the stroyboard guy to help them with gags, posing, direction elements and in my case some art direction. this is for the Mighty Bee: Space Evaders don't know why the first frame won't open , but the rest do.


Blogger Robert Moon said...

Thanks for posting these. I loved the show Mighty B! and so seeing these behind the scene development art is really something special to me. I'll never understand why nickelodeon canceled the show, or even why they gave the show such a terrible time slot. At least I have the memories. Do you know if the season will ever be released in its' entirety?

9:52 PM  
Blogger Iván Riskin? said...

you're such a great artist

8:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

awesome awesome awesome!

10:48 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I'm not at liberty to say what were the combination of circumstances that lead to the shows demise, but the sad truth was it was preventable. Nobody wanted it to happen including the network.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Robert Moon said...

That's interesting. I guess I'll just be content that such a show ever existed. Especially in a time when I felt cartoons were lacking, especially compared to the shows of the 90's.

9:51 PM  
Blogger zmerrill said...

That show looked like it had lots of potential yet to be realized. As always, I really enjoy your cartoons.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Robert Moon said...

So I found out yesterday that amazon had season 1 and five episodes from season 2 for an on demand direct download. So I snatched them up right away. But looking on the wiki page for the mighty b it says there are a bunch of unaired episodes. Do you know if those episodes will ever air?

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Wray. I've taken your previous critiques to heart, and did my best to not repeat them this time around.

Anyway, would it be possible if you could critique my new digital painting and see if there is anything that I should change or improve on?

Thanks again!

From an aspiring animator/cartoonist

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops! Forgot the link.

Anyway, here's the link to the image.

From an aspiring animator/cartoonist

7:39 PM  
Blogger Coonfoot said...

"Nobody wanted it to happen including the network."

Really? The network didn't want the show to end? That's interesting to hear. Something odd must have happened to make them nix it anyway. At least this info might make the network look a little better.

Anyway, cool beat boards!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Concha Signes said...

I love to go to this blog, works great.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Maurizio Ercole said...

Great sketch!!! Done with the wacom?

5:03 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

cintiq love them

6:30 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

cool stylings... I always draw these but never called them beat boards before

3:28 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Amazing work, sir. By posting your process you are helping out tons of people who want to learn, so my hats off to you. Thanks

5:38 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

I was also curious if you have anything you can share from Korgoth. Thanks

5:50 PM  
Blogger Steven M. said...

Some nice beat boards here.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Kristen McCabe said...

"Drips like poo" hahahahaa! <---- I was dying at that drawing.

Thanks for posting these. I miss this show, it was my favorite.

12:03 AM  
Blogger S-3 said...

I didn't like this show- But I'm sorry to hear what happened...

To see such talent get wasted due to bad decisions in the corporate position and not because the show was bad (which many people unfortunately thought), is pretty sad, and bad for the industry people like you work so hard to preserve.

Whether it was a cartoon that was enjoyed or not (In this case, I did not), I'm sorry things didn't work out for and am proud you converted as many non-believers as possible that Americans are still capable in this day and age of producing animated efforts just as good as any other place in the world. I am thankful enough for that.

3:08 PM  
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Blogger jim webb said...

This is great information THANKS!!!

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