A selection of Backgrounds from the Steven Universe episode: Mirror Gem
Art Direction: Elle Michalka
Design: Steven Sugar, Emily Walus
Paint: Amanda Winterstein, Jasmin Lai
Some backgrounds I designed for Mirror Gem! That shot of the fry shop is the first of many early key backgrounds we redid between the end of season 1A and the beginning of 1B, so look forward to more of those!
Also that’s one of my favorite Gem Temple palettes of the season! Jasmin and Amanda always do such an amazing job!
Filmmakers take note- This five second scene not only fully describes a characters backstory, but the entire reason he acts the way he acts through the film, taking him from a villain to a sympathetic character and justifying a total reversal of his actions in the present. In five seconds, this movie does for the development of a character more than most movies do in two hours. This is why you should be studying Disney and Pixar along with Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick, and ignoring professors and elitist students who deride them as “kids stuff.”
wasn’t there a theory that Anton’s childhood cottage is the cottage Remy learned his craft from eavesdropping inside before travelling to Paris, and the recipe he’s tasting really is his mother’s ratatouille?
This brief scene is one of the most effective and affecting bits of storytelling I’ve encountered in years, and perfectly sums up a lot of my feelings about why many of us are driven to create (art, music, cuisine) in the first place.
Q: What do you get when you take some synth-weirdoes, some kraut-rockers and a twee-popper (respectively) and mix and match their music? A: Magic.
In this EP, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Holy Fuck and Shugo Tokumaru trade off covers to pretty incredible effect. And though each artist’s sounds are pretty disparate, the songs and bands have a thematic kinship that only really is exposed when the songs are covered. I’ve posted a zip below of the original version of each song (link dies June 30, 2012) to illustrate what I mean here. In each cover, the artist brings forth their own style while remaining true to the original. The bands are able to discover elements in the original songs that fit their style and then make the songs their own while retaining the greatness of the original track. It’s not often that you hear three bands cover each other so excellently. Highly recommended.