Lichttoren Eindhoven | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #21 | Nicker Poster Colour

In this World War II scene, we see German bombers flying over Eindhoven. The dramatic perspective of the buildings pulls the eyes upwards, to the sky, where ominous clouds give off a brooding atmosphere. A brown and yellow palette enhances the gritty, historic feel.

From our short “Eindhoven: From Now Till Then”, which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMWH5QwpssU

Dutch Design Week | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #20 | Nicker Poster Colour

A Strijp-S background inspired by the Dutch Design Week, one of the many cultural cornerstones of the past 100 years of Eindhoven. From our short “Eindhoven: From Now Till Then”, which can be seen in the post below.

Medieval Cathedral | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #18

The goal of this visual was to play with the contrast of the lighting in the foreground and background, to create a focus on the cathedral looming over a medieval street.

Self-Portrait | Painting Backgrounds for Animation SPECIAL

We thought it was about time we’d introduce ourselves, and what better way to do so than to paint a self-portrait in this special episode of ‘Painting Backgrounds for Animation’?

Tokyo Drinking Alley | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #17

This one is not really part of an animated film, but rather one shot we created to try and capture an feeling or memory. Something which brings you back to a moment or place. Maybe the end of a night of drinking too much in a drinking alley, one of things in Japan that are so much part of the city life. Hopefully you can transport yourself there for a brief moment, or even relate…

Undone | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #16

We know a couple of you have been waiting for this for a long time, but finally here’s another Painting Backgrounds For Animation video. It’s a short one, but hopefully it fulfills your sweet tooth for now!

Oil paints were used for the production of “Undone”, which was a fresh change of pace. Gave some great new insight for future paintings. Stay tuned for more videos soon, and in the meantime check Undone on Amazon Prime Video.

School Benches | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #15

Episode XV! A film taking place at school naturally requires painting a lot of school benches.

Snowy Bench | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #14

While it may look simple, it proved quite difficult to paint compositions with snow. And though the result may look cold, this particular background was painted while it was 37°C outside.

Dreary Cityscape | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #13

A cityscape painted in greyscale to convey the dreary state of a main character’s mind.

This background was painted for the graduation film of our former intern. Check out her youtube channel for more updates!

Chalkboard | Painting Backgrounds for Animation #12

This composition was drawn in a threatening perspective, heightening the drama of the shot. We pushed this even further by designing the chalkboard to reach the ceiling, so you’d need a ladder to write at the top of it.