WORKSHOP: Background Design for Animation

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS)


Creative skills development

INSTRUCTOR Caitlin Russell

October 13, 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm

Non-member $80 / TAIS Member $60Subsidized $40 *THIS COURSE IS FULL & Wait List Only


Caitlin will share the behind the scenes process used in creating the backgrounds for Cuphead – an award-winning hand-drawn video game developed and published by Studio MDHR Entertainment. This workshop will explore how to use layout, lighting, and parallax to create watercolour backgrounds for animation or video games. Participants will learn basic watercolour painting techniques, and will be guided in designing and painting their own Cuphead style background.

Please note that watercolour paper will be provided. There will be basic paint/brush materials available for purchase at very affordable prices. Registrants are however welcome to bring their own paint and brushes.


Caitlin Russell, has been a freelance Illustrator and Designer for 7 years. Her experience ranges from animation to wedding stationary, posters, apparel and even chocolate truffle design. She joined StudioMDHR in 2015 to work on Cuphead as their sole Background PainterCaitlin designed and painted all the watercolour backgrounds and assets for each unique boss and platforming level, along with the Inkwell Isle overworld maps. More on Caitlin available at




TAIS Workshops are presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


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