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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


Ichigo 2015 by Astalakio
Ichigo 2015
I may gripe at times about the direction that Bleach went in, but the fact is Kubo was one of the main figures who influenced my decision to take the path of visual storytelling over literary storytelling. So here's to him and his strawberry headed guy.

Hope ya likes!
Animation: Like a Really Weird Candle
Been working on my very first run cycle today, but took a break from it to do this little test. I wasn't happy with the Boatman's flame in the other animation I did of him so I needed to work on that. Still not happy with it but eh!

Hope ya likes!
Animation: Practice Makes Perfect
Second animation, with another one of my characters kindly volunteering to feature. Unfortunately I've got quite a way to go before I'm as good at animation as the Boatman is at yo-yo-ing. But I'm learning a lot of tips and tricks. Stay tuned for more!

Hope ya likes!


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

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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
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiebounce2plz::iconsaysplz:Over here, everypony! My Pinkie sense is telling me they're here!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi! Pinkie Pie invited us all to her friend's birthday party, and...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:And that friend is you! Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:Ah've brought an apple pie along for you, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityplz::iconsaysplz:And I, speaking for all of us, wish you all the best in your life and all your endeavours!
:iconfluttershywinkplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you'll have a wonderful time and that trouble will pass you by.
:iconcutedashsmileplz::iconsaysplz:And no matter what happens, remember that we'll always be your friends. Stay awesome!
:iconponyangelplz::iconsaysplz:May the magic of friendship and all it contains be ever with you.
:iconmlpspikeplz::iconsaysplz:And if you ever feel down, don't forget that that you're the hero of your life's story, and no-one else can be better at it than you!
:iconparty0plz::iconsaysplz:Now come on, you all, it's time to start the party for real!
Astalakio Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Woop woop! Thanks everypony =P And thanks TwilightIsMagic, you're a pal ^_^
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