Backgorund Art inking: Sam & Max the Freelance Police
The first four images are samples of before and after the inking.
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.