Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Aqua Teen Hunger Force background!

After working on 6 movie backgrounds for Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force colon Movie Film for Theaters" (yes, this is the full title exactly). They called on my pixel pushing skills again for the TV show. Just this past Sunday the new episode of the Adult Swim TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force "Rabbot Redux" aired and it had about 2 min of air time using a background I did! Took about 2-3 weeks to do back in December
2009. A bit about the creation process.

1. This is what the Art Director, Bob Pettitt, sent me as a starting point. This was used as a "holder" for the animation build of the scene. After talking with me about the scenes needs and he sending me a few texture files, food items for the salad bar I got started.

2. I established eye an level horizon line using one point perspective. Then I created most of the base mechanical/architectural shapes in Illustrator CS4 then by copying and pasting into Photoshop CS4 I created several smart object layers.

3. I sent progress to the AD a couple of times. I did not do the Ferrari. They already that done, I just had to make sure the perspective matched the rest and fit in between the bed and fountain. I had to make sure that the layers of objects were set up in such a way that the characters could go behind all the elements. So each object was on it's own layer with transparent backgrounds.

4. After creating in smart objects in Photoshop, I used them as clipping masks to add textures mainly. On some smart object layers I added shadows and highlights as clipping masks. This is the final background low res version. The original is 12000 x 3240 pixels (40in x 10.8in at 300 dpi) with 411 layers! High Def Baby!

Meatwad's Luxury Room

Some details - indoor horse stable!
Stable Detail

fancy luxury bed! I used the Vanishing Point filter and the Liquify filter to apply the bed spread pattern.
Bed Detail

Some screen shots of how they used them in the end. It was about 2 min of airtime. Pretty funny little scene.

Water Fountain, Lamborgini and Bed

Horse Stable, Salad Bar and Sexy Ladies

If you want to see the whole episode you can go to this direct link on the Adult Swim website, but I must warn you that it's NSFW, but not R rated. It's not the type of crude humor that everyone can appreciate. (If there is such a humor.) It's only a 15 min show, but to skip right to the scene go to the end of the first video clip and the next clip will load and it's toward the beginning of that video file.


darligraphy said...
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Darla Dixon, Artist said...

Meatwad is the man. Yes, the humor is crude, but the characters are hilarious. I wish I had seen this episode. I will definitely be looking for this.

Jay Montgomery said...

Thanks Darla,

You can watch the full 15 min episode here


mark braught said...

Congratulations. Great gig. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Jay, Keith here on a cold Georgia night. I drew that Ferrari Testarossa for the Aqua Teen movie that we both worked on, but Ferrari of America wouldn't allow their car/name to be associated with ATHF. Volkswagon loved the idea and that's what I drew for Lincoln to drive in the movie instead. Glad to see Bob using the leftovers.

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This scene looks amazing, Jay, well done.

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