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I know at least a bunch or two (that's a valid unit of measurement now) of my watchers already watch the show Steven Universe, because I've done a couple of bits of fan art and there have been comments. For those of you who don't, however, and who like good cartoons, or just good TV, you deserve to do yourself a favour and look this show up.

The show is created by Rebecca Sugar, who was originally a storyboarder, writer and composer for Adventure Time (you'll probably remember the episodes with the killer songs - that was her). She left the show in 2013 to work on her own project for Cartoon Network, becoming, in the process, the first woman to create a show for the studio. At the time I wasn't sure what to think about that, since I loved her work on Adventure Time and didn't see the merit in her leaving the team to produce what was sure to be just an Adventure Time-esque side project while that series was still going strong. How wrong I turned out to be.

So the show is about the crystal gems, which are these superpowered ladies from space who protect the world from evil magical monsters. Steven himself is a happy-go-lucky half-gem, half-human kid who lives with the three gems since his mother (who was one of them) died to give birth to him. The series is characterised by a mixture of slice-of-life drama, comedy, and action, and these elements are blended beautifully with stellar artwork from storyboarders and animators through to background artists (seriously, the background art in this show is unlike anything you've ever seen before). The voice performances are spot-on, and the writing has so much heart that it's frankly impossible not to fall in love with this show and its characters if you give it even the slightest chance. Every character is well-developed and likable in their own way. It's also worth mentioning the diversity in terms of ethnic representation and body image the show offers, which can't get enough support in today's TV landscape, not to mention the radically different portrayals of femininity its characters are painted with, which is just brilliant in what is still very much a male-dominated area of entertainment.

Although it had a few issues with some long hiatuses (and what show doesn't, these days?), Steven Universe really hit its stride this year and has offered us something that other cartoons have failed to for a very long time: consistency. My wife and I avidly look forward to tuning in to Steven's world once a week because we're guaranteed an awesome time. Now that Adventure Time has deteriorated into a series of bizarre, un-entertaining and vague 'statements' rather than actual stories, and is, in my opinion, becoming less watchable and enjoyable by the week, it's so great to know Steven Universe will be there to restore my hope in modern cartoons. Its only competition airing right now is Gravity Falls, another fantastic show all around, but one that is, we agree, slowly getting edged out by how brightly Steven Universe has come to shine every week. I literally cannot recall being disappointed with an episode of this show, and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone - kids, adults, people that love cartoons and people who don't. It's art and it's entertainment and it's just amazing storytelling.

This coming week there's going to be what they're calling a 'Steven Bomb'. Instead of just the one weekly episode, there's going to be at least one episode every day starting from Monday, leading up to the season finale. If you haven't been watching Steven Universe, you owe it to yourself to just binge the whole damn thing and be here on Monday to experience what's going to be an awesome week for TV animation. If you're already with me and are as psyched about it as I am, what can I say, except bring it on!
  • Listening to: '90s teenage girl music, apparently.
  • Reading: Atomic Robo, VIBE
  • Watching: Steven Universe, Parks and Rec, Generator Rex
  • Playing: all day long
  • Eating: for the nutrients


Commission: Marianne (Strange Magic) by Astalakio
Commission: Marianne (Strange Magic)
Full body inks commission for :iconsangrette:! I haven't seen this movie yet... need to get around to it D:

Hope ya likes, Sangrette! Thanks for the commission!

If anyone is interested in commissioning me, you can find my price chart here:…
New Commission Price Chart! by Astalakio
New Commission Price Chart!
Commissions never actually closed, but now they're especially open! New price chart with new examples, plus a few lowered prices to boot. I needs money for the living, so please spread the word and feel free to message or email me if you're at all interested!

Hope ya likes!
LANDSLIDE by Astalakio
Using a little ink test as an opportunity to test out a rough character concept I'm messing with... Let me know what you think on both accounts!

Hope ya likes!


Jay Boulton
Artist | Digital Art
United States
Bold lines, block colours and things with horns. Enjoy!

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Lozzilla Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Jay, long time no speak! What are you up to these days?
Astalakio Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015   Digital Artist
Hey there Lorren! It's been aaaages :O Ima send you a note so we can catch up proper like :D
Loko-Motion Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Awesome Wacky style you got bro!!
Gotta watch!
Anto-202 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!! Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-06 (Kawaii Dance) [V1] 
Astalakio Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! =D
Darkdarling98 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist
:iconcolorfulsparklesplz: Happy birthday! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz: :party: :iconrenarikaspinplz: Hope you have an really awesome day! :iconlovelyhugplz: :iconcolorfulsparklesplz: 
Astalakio Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Cheers! I totally did ^__^
Darkdarling98 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Armosk Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
:iconpinkieisexcitedplz::iconsaysplz: Happy Birthday!:iconpinkiepiecakeplz:
Astalakio Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks Pinkie!! =D
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