Cartoon Network Character Scribbles + A Small Rant

Cartoons, Uncategorized

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.

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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 second 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.

 

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Unfinished Project: House of Blues

Art, Cartoons, Nintendo, Video Games

Back when I was posting artwork on DeviantArt, I was planning to do a really ambitious piece, called House of Blues. It was going to depict a huge dance party of famous blue fictional characters. Here’s a rough sketch of the piece that gives an idea of what it would look like:

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You’ve got Sonic the Hedgehog breaking (as you do), while Mordecai from Regular Show toasts with Gumball’s Mom. We have Gumball himself looking confused at Bloo, who is wearing a sombrero (inside joke). There’s the Water Pok√©mon Froakie, Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Smurfette, and the Disco-dancing Mung Daal (from Chowder). There’s also Cookie Monster, who would’ve been at the snack table eating–what else?–cookies.

The idea seemed so good at the time that I wanted to go even further! I drew some more characters on a couple of post-it notes that I wanted to add to the piece. Megamind would have been scheming with the Blue Meanie, Mega Man would be awkwardly drinking an Energy Can, and even Huckleberry Hound would be strumming along to the music (probably).

Unfortunately, this idea never came to pass for one reason or another. At first, I didn’t have the tablet to do a project like this at the time. Then as time went on, I decided completing this project wasn’t worth the effort. I figured at the very least I could share the concept with people.