BIGGER VERSION HERE
NOTE: Although already noted in the picture, just wanna say again that the silhouettes of Garnet/Pearl/Amethyst are overlayed from an official CN Steven universe wallpaper
ALSO NOTE: These are not official characters that I know of, just my own fan designs. XD More notes about the characters below in the read more. And check it out guys if you haven’t seen it, premiering on CN on Monday Nov. 4th, at 8:oopm
Not official characters? I would hope not. I mean isn’t it kind of weird that so far the females seemed to be awesome in the show while males have been portrayed negatively thus far? I mean Steven’s a joke and is only a gem cause his mom was apparently super badass, the other guy near his age is a jerk, the fry cook was a wimp, and they talked about his dad like he was utter crap and even made him out to be that way. I swear they better get some males in that show that are decent or do something with the ones they go because it’s just as bad.
And this is not just nitpicking as the show is obviously parodying shows that were magical girlish back in the day like Sailor Moon, where the joke is that Steven is a guy amongst them. So already the premise to the show is going there anyways.
Beautiful art! And perfect characterizations of the other Gems. I like how you included so much variety in their body types, fashion and personality. It really fits with the show!
To the comment above mine
Steven isn’t a joke, he’s a sweet little boy. And he’s the freaking protagonist of the story. Every episode has revolved around Steven’s success and failures, Steven’s growth. He’s the most empathetic of all the characters and he’s the audience proxy, our guide to their world. And he’s learning. He’s the Luke Skywalker of the show (who, incidentally, existed in a universe with only two speaking named women, a pretty standard situation in fantasy stories). Luke started off a simple farm boy just like any of us and ended up saving the galaxy. Steven is starting off an average, likable kid with a positive attitude. The premise of the show is Steven learning to use his powers to fight alongside the other Gems. He’s not at their level yet because he still has a ways to go and a lot of episodes ahead of him, and as I said, he’s a child.
As for his dad, there’s obviously a lot of character development in store for him. He’s a nice guy who loved and was loved by Steven’s mom and that garage indicates he’s got a lot of story to him. His life seems like a mess but like Steven, that means he has room to grow. Characters need flaws to be interesting! The Gems all have flaws too.
We’re made to dislike the donut selling kid because of the way he mocks Steven and tries to make him feel bad for hanging out with girls. One of the main themes of the show is that it’s cool for boys to hang out with people they care about and admire, regardless of their gender—it’s cool for boys to pursue their interests and talents, regardless of people shaming them for not being “manly” enough. That’s a pretty dang positive and important message (one I’d think you’d appreciate as an MLP fan).
As for the fry cook being a wimp, what? He’s a friendly guy who cooked fries. There is literally nothing negative about his portrayal in his two scenes.
Rebecca Sugar created the show with her little brother as inspiration, and he does the background art. It’s not a misandrist show just because most of the characters with superpowers are women. If they introduce more Gems, I hope they are all female. Not only is it nice to see so much positive female representation in cartoons, but having more male Gems would confuse the theme and belittle how brave Steven is for overcoming gender roles to reach his potential and support the people he loves.
Might I also add that the show isn’t also just about women who rock and save the day or men who rock and save the day. A lot of the themes are about working together and relying on each other to save the day. Steven helps the Ladies, and the Ladies help Steven. It doesn’t matter what their genders are because everybody needs help from their friends and family. It’s a wonderful circle that I wish and hope more shows do in the future.
I mean the whole episode with his father blew me away! By his looks I thought he was going to be the stereotypical dead beat beach bum dad. However when he spoke, his voice was so warm and kind and sweet and well, a dad voice! His voice alone told me so much already about his character. He’s a caring person and father. He’s very optimistic and encouraging!! His whole comment about not being prefect and trying something different. Maybe finding something better? You barely see father figures in the media who are like that. And sure. He’s a bit scatter brain and I get the feeling that he’s a “mess” right now because, well, his wife died. Or at least gave up her physical form. He loved her. That would be hard on anyone and I bet it took a great toil on him. Granted I don’t know if that’s true or not, just my thoughts on it. But I can see him falling into a hole and he’s just now starting to get out of it. I’d really like to see if that’s true or not! He’s actually a very refreshing character to see!
Also….I adore the mailman….he was so sweet and cute to Steven. I want more of him. And Barbshouldn’t yell at him. He’s too cute to be yelled at!
As for male Gems, I’m neither for or against. I think it’d be cool if it was just a female only thing but hell I don’t care. I actually just want to know more about them! Who are they? Where did they come from? Are they super humans or something more!? They’re so cool!! If there are males, cool. If not, cool.