Animation Brief: Background Designs Pt. 2

background buildings 1

This background was made with photoshop, primarily using the pen tool. I used google maps street view as a reference, as to help me keep the proportions of the buildings correct. While creating it, I focused a lot on shadow and light as to give more dimension in this piece .

sofa room

In the end, because i trimmed down the final idea of my animation, this background was never used. I used photoshop to create this, just as i did with the rest of my backgrounds.

Animation Techniques Timeline

animation technique timeline

Thaumatrope – This 19th century toy consists of a disk with pictures on each side. Two strings that are attached to each side is twirled between the fingers to rotate the two images to create one combined picture.

Phenakistiscope – Showing a short loop of movement, this device is often known as a first well-known creation to show a fluid animated illusion.

Zoetrope – A widely recognized device of animation illusion is the Zoetrope, it shows a sequence of images that spins in a cylinder with vertical slits on its walls.

Flip Book – This is a book that uses an amount of pictures (illustrations, photographsy, etc.) that slowly and subtly differ per page to create a moving scene.

Praxinoschope – This device, invented in France, is similar to the Zoetrope. It continues to use sequence of images, but includes inner mirrors in a circle, replacing the vertical slits from the Zoetrope.

Kinetoscope – Used for the recording of live television, this devise uses the screen of a video monitor with a lens focused on it. (By the way i think i got the date wrong on the image above, one specific date is difficult to find as it differs.)

Cinematograph – This devise is a camera that captures motion picture film.

Game Theme

I have chosen a sci-fi theme for my work, and my three teams will feature robots as the racers. I want to avoid my theme going to a dystopian sci-fi theme and more so go down the path of a more futuristic and technologically advanced London.
I want to include a lot of mechanical changes to the environment, along with a lot of focus on glowing light with intense colours.

info about sci-fi

‘Cassandre’ Adolphe Mouron

Adolphe Mouron was a Ukrainian-French artist who went by the name Cassandre. He was a commercial poster artist, and typeface designer. He was born on the 24th of January 1901 in Kharkiv, Ukraine and died on the 17th of June 1968 in Paris, France.

He lived in Paris in 1915 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academie Julian. In 1922, still in Paris, he moved into his own studio and used the the name ‘Cassandre’ for his work. He created his first poster in 1923 – which won first place at Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in 1025.
Adolphe Mouron’s work heavily used Surrealism and Cubism, his art style displaying dynamic shapes and movement. For example, one of his more popular pieces of work the ‘Normandie’ (1935) clearly displays his bold and animated art style. His work became popular and successful over Europe and the United States.


He experimented with typography, creating famous typefaces like Bifur (1929), and Peignot (1937), for example. In this time he co-founded Alliance Graphique – an advertising agency. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City exhibited his work in 1936.


Until the fall of France in WWII, Cassandre served in the french army. Unfortunately, because of the war, his business had fallen as well. He then worked for the theater, creating stage set and costumes. Later, he returned to graphic design.

Prior to his suicide in 1968, he left many unfinished pieces of work. His son released a book about his life in 1985 called A.M. Cassandre.

I chose to do a study on Cassandre because his art style matches the Art Deco theme i am inspired by for my own poster design for this project. I really enjoy how most of his poster designs holds one key image in the center, with little to no background disruption. Another aspect that I noticed was the way the focus isn’t completely taken away from the the words and information but still has unique pieces of imagery, something i would like to convey with my poster designs.


Here i drew an elephant using only the brush tool, although i am very bad at drawing elephants so i also drew a cartoon cat to make up for my lack of talent.

colour-jerryOn this image i used the spot healing brush destructively clean up the image from creases and wrinkles. After I carefully rid the image of any mishaps i then added colour. The way i coloured the image was by using the brush tool, setting the layer to the blend mode colour.

Personally, I feel like i did an alright job on this task, although i could have been more precise  on the colouring and used to spot healing brush tool to fix up the boarder of the photo better.

Ib Mood Board HUD

ib-mood-boardPermanent HUD – A permanent HUD that the game ‘Ib’ includes is the life bar that is in the form of roses. Each of the three playable characters have different coloured roses (the main character Ib has red roses, Gary had blue roses, and Mary has yellow roses). Once the amount of roses reaches zero the game is over. The roses can be replenished by water vases placed around the map.

Pull up HUD – A pull-up HUD within the game would be the items menu and the save menu.

Action HUD – An Action HUD of the game is the  speech bar, most of the time you have to interact with an object to active the speech bar.

Morgan Freeman

free-the-freeman-free-himOn this image of Morgan Freeman I used the spot healing brush tool to edit away freckles, wrinkles, etc. on his face. This was the first time I had properly learned and been able to use this tool and style of editing. I think i did pretty well for my first go, seeing that the final image that i created looks rather natural and doesn’t show any significant odd and out of place pixelated parts.