Back when I was still entertaining the idea of a cartoon crossover series (like most other cartoon ‘enthusiasts’), I often tested myself to see if I could draw characters in a mix of both their and my style.
First is Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls, wearing an outfit based on one worn by her anime counterpart. I may explain this concept in further detail in the future, but the idea was that when trouble struck the city, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup would quickly switch into their classic superhero outfits and set off. Then again, that would probably be a little time consuming. Maybe they’d wear their hero outfits under their school clothes…?
Anyway, next is Ed, wearing a football uniform. Actually, Ed and most of the cul-de-sac boys played a school football game in one later-season episode. They were the Peach Creek Cobblers, and Ed ended up becoming the mascot in the episode.
Last is Chicken, from Cow & Chicken. I wanted to see how well I could replicate the cartoon’s off-the-wall art style. I did…okay. At the very least, I can capture Chicken’s facial expressions.
Nowadays, however, I just draw my own characters–primarily because that’s more productive in my field, but also because drawing these older cartoons only serve to remind me of the currently dismal state of the animation industry. (Here’s where I go off on a little tangent where I piss off a few people. Sorry in advance.)
I can’t say that I’ve liked any cartoon that’s been popular within the past five years. Gravity Falls did okay story-wise until it’s thick-headed creator dropped the ball in the third season. Steven Universe pretends to have a deep plot when it really just wants to focus on it’s uninteresting/unlikeable characters doing inconsequential things for episodes on end. Star vs. the Forces of Evil probably wouldn’t even have the large fanbase that it has if not for the blatantly stretched romantic tension between it’s two main characters. The Loud House? When it’s easier to remember the sisters’ one-note personalities than it is to remember their names, that’s a serious problem. And don’t even get me started on Rick & Morty.
This only scratches the surface of my problems with cartoons nowadays. When I was a kid, I was so eager to work for the likes of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Now I’m just hoping the cartoons I create can breathe new life into the damn medium.