6.11.06

Big City Blocks or Lines?

Hey there. This here's another layout/setup for the Birds promo, the Big City Harbour. It's not totally finished yet, but I wanted to get all of you talented bloggers to weigh in on the city before I go further. My gut tells me to go with the block skyline (bottom) because of the higher contrast and the fact that the characters will show up better against it when animated, BUUUUT I really like the look of the transparent skyline too, and it is more 'on style' with the show. What do you folks think? Let me have it!

UPDATE: Thanks for the feedback! Here's the final BG:

21 comments:

Jav said...

Wow, this is a toughy...
they both look pretty good...
I like how the
block skyline seems to frame the characters nicely, drawing a tad bit more attention to them. To me, the white of the block skyline also brightens up the shot in a nice way. Adds a bit of a feel to the atmosphere IMHO.
I guess another question would be just how much do you use the "line art" BG look throughout the show. Either way it probably wont make to much a difference on the eyes....
With that being said, I like the one on the left too... hehehe
Good luck!
You cant go wrong...

alex said...

This doesn't help your problem at all but I like them both! I think the different styles change the atmosphere of the shot and it would be cool to see both in the show for different locations.
I take it back, problem solved! ;)

Mike.Gauss said...

i agree it is a tough one. i like the one on the left as far as style goes.. it is nice because it doesnt have much detail and hides in the back ground. on the other hand it might be distracting for composition, and to many lines around the character is not the best way to have a clear silouete. maybe try to make the dock postes a little higher and not have them in the horrizon so much that might help. over all i think its awesome. and forgive my spelling.. i am still in grade 4.

Stephen Studios said...

wow this is an amazing background! I love the look of those lines for the buildings. I'd go with that one all the way! When do you think your promo will be finished?

Steve

ridd1 said...

Thanks guys, some good advice here. Stephen - the schedule says February...

Randy Siplon said...

I'd go with the transparent one, but what do I know...

dizzlesauce said...

I think the blocks work better due to the fact the linework in the foreground elements pops out that much more on the block bg...and have yourself a super fantastic birthday filled with joy and merriment!!

Mukpuddy said...

Damn dude, they're both really cool but I think maybe you're right with the higher contrast of the block skyline!

ridd1 said...

ha thanks D. so far so good. right now i'm leaning toward the blocks too.

paublo said...

i like the outline one..annnnd i'd make the bridge the same colour as the water...they both look amazing though as is ridd, nice work!!

ridd1 said...

you're right about the bridge pauly. thanks!

g-fifty said...

i'd go blocks. the line version probably wont show up on the tv, or worse if you're showing somebody a quicktime of the promo on a shitty laptop...they wont for sure. I'd test it on the tube, and mess with the line weight before you make your final call. Then...i'd go make a sandwhich. Eat it. Then make your final call.

Pat Pakula said...

thats a tough one. my preference is the lines. super cool ridd.

Todd Harris said...

hey great blog you have here. as far as blocks or lines, i like both. great post.

Alina Chau said...

What a lovely design!!

Smook said...

I really like the final version. I makes it feel complete to me. Great work, Ridd.

Mike.Gauss said...

KILLER !

Tyler said...

looks great Ridd, has a nice "mr magoo" feel to the layout. (*not the Lesie Neilson one)

grootfontein said...

So great !
This project seems to become a very very high quality promo !!!
We would be very pleased if you show us an animatic one day, y'know...

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