Steven Universe: Art & Origins
Universal apeal From the maker of Adventure Time, Steven Universe has become another cult hit – and now it’s spawned this informative art book
Get an insight into the genesis and making of this quirky animated show, created by one of the writers of Adventure Time.
Launched in 2010, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time proved adult cartoons didn’t have to be either rude or satirical to be popular. They can just be daft, childlike and surreal.
In 2013, a former writer and storyboard artist on the show, Rebecca Sugar, created a similar cartoon called Steven Universe. Now in its fifth season, fans will be overjoyed with this book about the art behind it.
You can feel the maker’s devotion sing through the Q&As, which reveal how the show is put together. These are accompanied by a huge and enticing array of concept art, production samples, early sketches and storyboards, with useful and informative captioning throughout.
So on one page, you find intricate guides to the inking and construction guides to lead characters. Then on another, you get Rebecca’s key drawings of Ruby and Sapphire’s makeup embrace from the episode Keystone Motel.
All in all, the whole book feels a lot like Steven Universe itself: colourful, offbeat, slightly crazy in places, but ultimately a rewarding experience that leaves your heart a little bit happier.
Art & Origins has a level of deep-dive detail we’ve rarely seen in similar TV tie-ins.