I tried my hand at one of those backgrounds from The Man Called Flintstone. I chose the one featuring "Bedrock Hospital." I likes the color scheme... I like all that orange... I liked the contrast, and overall I like the composition. Very sedate but at the same time it grabs your attention.
Here's my attempt:
This was all painted with Cel-Vinyl but, as with most digital artwork, it was built up in layers. Thus the process was: draw an element, paint, scan, clean up, place in a layer.
I went a little nuts with some things, especially that tree to the right. I didn't paint it that dark and grey, I painted it with actual colors but then I added shading and I think I overdid it.
I spent all Saturday morning trying to capture the chiseled look of the lettering to the words Bedrock Hospital and Emergency Entrance but I couldn't get it. Finally I settled for what you see; this lettering was done digitally and a "shadow" put to it. Meh. I think if I tried it again I could get it right.
Once all the elements were painted and fitted together I put a tiny bit of lens blur to it in Photoshop and highlighted the orange overall coloring. The color contrast is nice: orange accented by bright green. And orange and purple mountains against a light green sky.
As for the Cel-Vinyl, I got it to behave with the addition of a little Blick's Matte Acrylic Extender. Now it behaves more like a controllable medium rather than drying virtually the instant you put it on paper. When I called Cartoon Color the other day looking for some of their transparent base, I was told it was out of stock and they wouldn't be getting any more.
I asked if they could recommend something and someone told me polyurethane should work. Well, the problem with polyurethane is the overpowering smell. I got a little can but between the smell and the glossing agent (even though I got the "satin" finish) I didn't like it.
I much prefer the extender. Now it feels like real paint and, similar to what I had read, it behaves similarly to gouache. Dollar for dollar Cel-Vinyl is actually cheaper than quality gouache so that's something to think about. I got their "sampler" ... 11 colors and black and white... in the 8 oz squeeze bottles. Trust me, that's a lot of paint.
Since I have a ton of gouache, though, I think that'll be the medium for the next project. Stay tuned.