After some more sketches, finally got it down to a decent look for the scientist – more of a goofy guy who’s a little behind the times with his basketball outfit:
Of course, we ended up having to change the gender of the scientist, which is perfectly fine with me. Just meant there was more work to do, while the deadline never changed.
Here are some of the rough, penciled layouts:
And now, here are the final backgrounds with final color treatments for the characters (they were all eventually reworked and animated in Flash).
Scene 02: This scene required the most work. I referred to a lot of Sasek’s books that had lots of downtown buildings to get the look right. Here’s the regular version of the arena scene:
And here’s the same shot, but with a cutaway of the arena:
Scene 04 with the characters:
And here’s Scene 04 background only:
Scene 05 with characters:
And here’s Scene 05 background only:
Scene 08, wherein we have to put all the appropriate logos at the end tag:
I know that I’ve shared a lot of images here, but you can see all these as well as a few more in this Flickr set: NBA/NRDC PSA.