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 $60 / Subsidized $40


Caitlin will share the behind the scenes process used in creating the backgrounds for Cuphead, and how to use layout, lighting, and parallax to create 1930’s style 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.

The course will take place in TAIS Studios, located at 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit B. Limited parking is available onsite.

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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