Monday, March 31, 2014

McGraw Backgrounds

These are some stylized backgrounds I designed for use in animations in McGraw Hill's FLEX Literacy program. The top two are the command room and captains lounge on a spaceship. They were used in a series of animations called Scout Ship 7 which followed the adventures of two space explorers who would travel through time and space to complete missions for their not-so-intelligent commander, Great Leader. The videos taught lessons about Setting and Context Clues.

And this is another stylized background that is an old, abandoned apartment. This was for an animation about two kids left alone to explore an apartment building. They eventually find a book in this old penthouse that has a magic spell in it and they learn about Synonyms and Antonyms.


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

The first two look like something straight out of "Futurama"!

Lynda Dietz said...

I found myself looking for your coffee cup in the third one as if it were a "Where's Waldo's Coffee Cup?" thing. Where is that cup, anyway? I want a coffee cup in every sketch, but I suppose I'd have to be a paying customer to make demands like that.

Dave Armstrong said...

Thanks Erik! That's a hell of a compliment!

And no, there isn't a coffee cup hidden away in the apartment image. I put them in each spaceship background because there's something really fun to me about having super advanced alien tech all over the place, but having the modern coffee mug still being used. Apparently our design cannot be improved upon.

Jake Murray said...

Dude, I'm a terrible friend and need to keep up with your blog more. Every time I come back to check up, I'm always impressed by the new stuff you've got going on!