This week I started designing the backgrounds for the short film (and therefore the style of the series as well), and realised how much there is to learn about cartooning. Until now I've been using photos for the backgrounds, but for various reasons I need the series to be drawn mostly in Flash.
The pictures above show my first attempts to find an appropriate style. The first mixes drawn lines and photographic textures - and I quite liked it until I had the brainwave of actually putting a character into the image, and found that the textures make it far too "busy" and will distract from the action (I think this is because I've chosen very tepid, desaturated colours for the characters). Underneath is the second attempt, which I think works better (although I still have to add some shadows and other details).
It's at times like this I wish I'd been less arrogant during my year at art college, and actually paid attention to what the tutors were trying to teach me.
And once I've sorted out the design, I need to learn to animate. Joy.