Inspired by Rob Richards fantastic Animation Backgrounds website, I’ve recreated a background from a classic 1942 Tom and Jerry short called “Bowling Alley Cat”. By recreated, I basically mean I take screenshots as the camera rolled by the background, then overlay them like the pieces of a puzzle. I used pieces to cover up any character animation and digitally airbrushing in any holes. This allows for a pristine version of the original background art.

I probably shouldn’t be wasting my time on recreating others people’s artwork, but I have a fondness for these cartoon backgrounds. A lot of amazing talent went into creating them, and I imagine many of the originals don’t exist any more. If I do others like this, they’re likely to be of similar mid-century and retro futuristic subjects.

Click on the image above for a super-sized panoramic version of the artwork. And if you like this sort of thing, be sure to check out Rob’s website. He’s apparently on a bit of a hiatus right now, but his archive of restored animation backgrounds is astounding!

Swim Suit Model Before

I found this photo at an estate sale recently and figured it would be a fun little restoration project. Click the images for more detail.

A friend of mine, William Flood, has a very cool site called Neon Roadside. Bill’s site focuses on a variety of mid-century themes, including Airstream trailers, neon signage and retro architecture, all fortified by photos from his travels. Watch his stuff with interest.
Incidentally, if you like the logo and banner work for Neon Roadtrip, that’s a little of my handiwork. Feel free to drop me a line if you dig my style and would like some work done.