Steven Universe: Art & Origins

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Steven Universe: Art & Origins

Steven Universe: Art & Origins

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The characters of Steven Universe might not find beauty in the same ways that ordinary humans do, but that's what makes them so great!

By rejecting non-essential cookies, Reddit may still use certain cookies to ensure the proper functionality of our platform. Some of the ideas they developed were more of a group effort and were fit together collaboratively (like Amethyst’s being younger than the other Gems and Jasper being from Earth), while others were intended from the beginning based on Rebecca’s vision (the fundamental idea of Pink Diamond’s true identity, for instance, as well as Obsidian’s design and sword and our Pearl not being Pink’s first). But pushback (often blamed on the conservative standards of the international market) led to negotiations trying to keep Ruby and Sapphire’s relationship from being explicit. Reading about the stories and effort that goes behind putting such an animated series together really adds additional depth to what you've already watched. And there’s also a spread of “the two sides of Steven’s life: Gem Magic and Rock N Roll” featuring Sadie Killer and the Suspects (referred to as “Buck’s band”)–as well as a cool “Crew Cameos” key and some concepts for short-haired Connie.Chris McDonnell has designed books on Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, the Joker, Wonder Woman, and many more. And then there’s some more “finished” art with stills alongside concepts, including some background art, revision, and really cool “fairytale” art from some of the shadowplay storytelling bits. It looks like there was also originally more juice to the story of tracking down the events of the war culminating in Pink Diamond’s assassination. One of the timelines talks about Steven thinking it makes sense that Pearl can’t talk about her involvement because she might have been a double agent, explaining why Rose Quartz always knew what Pink Diamond was doing.

Not every SU Crew person who’s been represented in a crowd was there, but this crowd included Amish Kumar, Kat Morris, Amanda Winterstein, Angie Wang, Lamar Abrams, Emily Walus, Mary Nash, Joe Johnston, Christy Cohen, Danny Cragg, Hilary Florido, Danny Hynes, Matt Burnett, Ben Levin, Elle Michalka. Bursting with concept art, production samples, early sketches, storyboards, and exclusive commentary, this lavishly illustrated companion book offers a meticulous written and visual history of the show, as well as an all-access tour of the creative team's process. The eponymous Steven is a boy who―alongside his mentors, the Crystal Gems (Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl)―must learn to use his inherited powers to protect his home, Beach City, from the forces of evil. But Rebecca and the Crew valued that approach and loved the way fresh eyes would handle an idea, making it come back alive, entertaining, vivid. Rebecca describes having to “fight” notes she was given when it had to do with Ruby and Sapphire’s relationship.In talking about the new Fusions from this episode, Sunstone is largely described by Miki, who also got to board the Sunstone section. Highlighting Rose Quartz as a “born leader” who failed and Steven as a relatable scamp who did what she couldn’t, Jemisin asserts that we can save the world.

Maya was on the old Crew but not as a storyboarder, so felt like some of the “old” ideas ended up not being appropriate for the “new” Future in an embarrassing way–and dreaded the idea of dealing with Steven’s emotional problems when they were similar to stuff she’d been through. There’s a huge amount of supplemental material in this section so there’s no way I could name it all.

Most people, if not ALL people, can relate to this, but for those of us with a special relationship with Steven Universe because of queer identity, this hits hard. Drew Green and Maya Petersen, who came on board as storyboarders officially in Future, also weighed in on writing for a “mature” show, how to deal with Steven being a “moral compass” while being sort of unreliable, and what they learned as Crew that they didn’t know as fans.

Finally got those wonderful artbooks from Barnes and Noble back in 2021 and finally got them completed! Ian Jones-Quartey emphasizes that the movie and Future are separate and different from the original show, which ENDED.The book confirms the name of the formerly unknown member of the Great Diamond Authority to be White Diamond, in a small chord chart representing the chord representing each diamond. But another “heart” of the Crystal Gems is its relationships–particularly, Garnet, the fairy tale romance embodied. Sadie was also supposed to be sending letters to Lars via Steven, which is funny since the “Letters to Lars” episode is just a montage Steven letter. Chris McDonnell is the author and designer of The Art of Invader Zim, Steven Universe: End of an Era, Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, and BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse. Character Design References (CDR) is an online platform that celebrates and showcases exceptional character-focused art within the realms of animation, illustration, games, and comics.



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