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Igor HarmendaniAnimation backgrounds
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 1:52:12 am

Hello guys.

I was reading and watching some things about the making of animation. As you can see, the background in traditional animation tends to be different from the character animation, since it was painted using acrylic oil, gouache, etc.

But since animation has become digital, I don't think they still use paint to colorize things that much. In fact I saw a documentary another day and there was a guy doing the background in a program much similar to 3DSMax.

I was wondering, how could you achieve these textures in 3DSMax?


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Animation backgrounds
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 3:30:17 pm

Backgrounds are done in a number of ways, depending on the look desired. Here are some examples by a very talented matte artist:

http://www.raphael-lacoste.com/acceuil.html

and another:

http://www.dylancolestudio.com/

- all done in Photoshop and Cinema 4D - he worked on Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and more....


Here's a good look at how matte painting was, and is, done:

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/digital-matte-painter.htm

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Igor HarmendaniRe: Animation backgrounds
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 4:19:49 pm

Thanks Joseph, really interesting material, is always cool to know who made the effects in movies.

But I was looking for something not too realistic, like this:

http://www.pspsonywallpaper.com/wp-content/themes/psp3/wallpapers/9133301-n...

and this

http://www.teamartail.com/anime/images/evangelion/images/scenery030.jpg

As you can see it looks like a drawing, but the colors aren't too "flat". There are textures, gradients, and the background looks different from the foreground animation, like the characters.

So I knew there was a way to do this in modelling programs like 3DMax, maybe it's just the draw-looking textures that I need or there's something more?


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Animation backgrounds
by on Feb 7, 2012 at 2:07:13 pm

I do believe that the samples you've shown me are drawings, done either in Photoshop or Illustrator, or possibly hand drawn by an illustrator.

There's a possibility of getting close to this look in 3DS Max by using the Ink and Paint shaders, or creating it in 3D, then applying a cartoon filter to it (Red Giant makes one).

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Igor HarmendaniRe: Animation backgrounds
by on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:15:31 pm

I didn't know Red Giant makes 3DMAX plugins as well. What's the name of this plugin?


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Animation backgrounds
by on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:27:24 pm

Sorry Igor - I meant to say that you could create it in Max, and then apply the Red Giant plugin in After Effects. Red Giant does not make 3DS Max plugins. Their plugin for AE is called Toonit:

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/toonit/

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Igor HarmendaniRe: Animation backgrounds
by on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:43:05 pm

Thanks for the tip, Joseph, I'll try this one out.

Thanks for your help!


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