I think everybody is aware that the making of animation feature films is a collaborative process. In the past ten years, the increasing use of Photoshop has allowed artists to share, re-use or transform elements of digital files and re-combine them to produce new images (much like digital sampling in music). Amongst other advantages, this process makes it easier for a group of artists to work in a consistent style.
This last image and the next few color images are the products of such process. I used bushes, trees and rock elements as well as special brushes for grass and flowers, created by the art department of 'Open Season'. I imported, scaled, placed and adjusted these various parts to fit my composition and added characters and lighting.
The artists who created most of the individual elements originally were Andy Harkness and Mike Humpfries. Other parts came from paintings by Mike Kurinsky, Jim Finn, Gerry Loveland, Dean Gordon or Will Weston.
The characters were originally designed by Carter Goodrich.