Although we create interactive iOS applications and not animated films at Ayars Animation, I still have to illustrate completely separate production backgrounds for our apps. This is because the backgrounds might be reused at a different size, or with characters arranged differently on a different page. Moreover, because we have interactive or animated elements, the production background needs to be complete, with no empty spots. I could never take a chance that a part of the background will be revealed when a character or element moves, and so I have to treat these apps as if I’m creating an animated film. In fact, each element must often be a separately illustrated object, simply because it may need to be animated or part of an interaction. Here is a rough draft of a page from Jack and the Beanstalk, with the production background and the completed page below it. Illustrating an entire app like this all by oneself is a lot of work, but it’s fun. I’ll feature more of these throughout the week.