Here’s a bigger version of the Catbug doodle sheet where the design really came together. You can read more about that process in the question I answered over here. (For some reason tumblr posted the images small in the question/answer format.)
gabe4turtlecreeper said: Why did you decide to make a cat mixed with a bug? (Catbug)
It’s my understanding that the idea to mix a cat with a bug came from showrunner, writer, and director, Breehn Burns, and you can read a little of that history over in a reddit AMA he did, where he describes an earlier version of a teleporting critter called Time Pug. So, you’d have to ask Breehn, but I notice off hand that Time Pug rhymes with Catbug (ha). Also, Breehn names Impossibear and Beth as some of his favorite characters from the show…those happen to be my faves as well! (Catbug a close third)
What I can share with you are some of my early sketches. To begin, Breehn sent me Sam Lavagnino’s first audio record (which was bonkers adorable), and pointed me to an early group shot Natasha Allegri illustrated which includes a flying catlike bug. He thought it would be interesting to explore a ladybug/cat hybrid. This was in April of 2012, and was one of my first assignments designing on the show (around the same time we were developing new characters like Impossibear and Plum).
Breehn liked the ‘hanging-open wing pose’ at the bottom of this set, so from there I explored another set of drawings, where I think his personality starts to show through. I drew more standing-up poses, as we knew he wouldn’t be flying all the time. My goal was to keep the design as simple as possible—to keep him chubby and cute like a baby.
From this page, I boiled it down to the 4 drawings which I later inked and colored up.
So yeah, that’s how the design for Catbug came to be, as best as I can recall. I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking!
luna-dreamer-5 said: What gives you the inspiration to draw the new Bravest Warriors characters?
Often I’ll get a short description, some kind of characteristic to loop in (Jelly Kid is made of jelly … Impossibear is some kind of space bear: GO). I generate pages of doodles and pick out my favorites. More often I’m just making up creatures and aliens, which is the most fun, because that’s what I’m drawing all the time anyway. I get inspiration from forms in nature—anything weird I can find.
For awhile I was digging on undersea creatures, ancient lifeforms and bizarre organisms, but lately I’ve been studying plants and flowers. What first sparked that idea was when I visited the Natural History Museum at Harvard a few years back and was absorbed into their glass flowers exhibit. Seeing plantforms blown up to 40 to 200 times their size makes you realize just how alien they are. I’m drawn to all variety of organic shapes—the aesthetic code of nature—and I try to think of ways to combine and transform them through simplification. I was just visiting the southwest and even the rockforms out there are full of life. On a show like Bravest Warriors, its often a matter of putting some interesting shapes together and adding a cute face to it. Ha. But yeah, that’s where I look to most. That, and learning from my favorite artists—old and new. Watching lots of cartoons, reading a lot of comics.
// Bravest Warriors KIDS! //
A more cartoony take on my original designs for the show.
Edit: Here’s a vine I posted of my doodles.
// Alien Perkalus : Key Alien //
Another little dude I designed for Mexican Touchdown. From a set of doodles we went with this guy, and then Breehn asked me to draw a bunch of funny poses. Crummy scan, but hey—it’s pencil on paper, folks. Pretty sure colors are by Mira Lark.
// Crying Alien Pets //
Here’s a set of sad little dudes I designed for “Mexican Touchdown”, Episode 3 of Bravest Warriors (Season 2). Poor little guys. Watch it here over on Youtube.
thelugia702 said: Hello! I met you at Drawncon on Saturday, I met you towards the end of the day, and you drew Wankershim for me. I love it, I already have it on my wall!
Awesome! I had a great time hanging with folks at DrawnCon this weekend. Nice to meet you, too! There’s a new Bravest Warriors popping up next Thursday, I think. It’s a fun one! Working on designs for an upcoming episode right now.