“In late 1996 on the referral of Goran Delic–the lead designer–I was hired on from in-house to ink backgrounds over simple liner layout art for the Sam & Max cartoon series run on Fox in 1997.
It was produced by Canadian studio Nelvana.
They wanted a very strong stylistic look to the art, so the work was all done using a Pentel Brush Pen and White Out,
Goran’s tools of choice [the director Steve Whitehouse decided to deviate radically from the style of creator Steve Purcell’s work for the backgrounds for this show]. These B&W pages were then coloured digitally in the paint dept and matched back with the animation the layouts we worked from had been done for. It was a demanding job largely to the clash between the quality Steve desired and the schedule the studio wanted to keep. We had to do 5 or 6 of these a day on average as I recall.” - Salgood Sam
(sorry I had to rehost the image so it would show up. Please go to http://www.salgoodsam.com/animation/backgorund-art-inking-sam-max-the-freelance-police/ to see it in the original gallery)
This is interesting. Detailed background inking in animated shows? I had no idea it could be done.