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ThunderCats Concept art by DanNortonArt ThunderCats Concept art by DanNortonArt
Well, I thought I'd get the hype going for the show. So I'm posting some of the concept art I did for the ThunderCats tv show that will be on soon enough. This is basically what I'd pass over to the incredible Takahiro Tanaka at 4c to put his spin on for final production.
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:iconnickprokoart:
NickProkoArt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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NickProkoArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
cool
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Jovha Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cool old school stuff here!
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:iconktornehave:
kTornehave Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Really cool!
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todoquisqui Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ouuuuuu cool
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TheBlueBlurr97 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Artist
Poor slithe, i never thought i would of said this but lynx-o made a bad mistake by killing his family and friends
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RaulMJ Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice bro!!!! check mine! :) [link]
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Spetacular! Congratulations...
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Warlord-of-Noodles Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Is it peculiar that I still find them adorable?.... Perplexing.
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:iconebonyleopard:
Ebonyleopard Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You turned 3 jokes into three legit threats just in visual design alone. Nice job.
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:iconosprey-hawk:
Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I loved how feral you made "Monkian" look. Much better than the human-ape of the original series.
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Ryusukanku Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
To behonest I have not yet seen the new series yet but these designs look pretty dang good.

It does bring up one question that I've had since the original series...

Where are the female Mutants? In theory they should exist but we have never even had mere suggestion that they do. Unless of course what makes the mutants, mutants is that they are artificially birthed in big vats someplace.
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alecris33 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Really good job. Amaizing.
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:iconaxel-gimenez:
Axel-Gimenez Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Excellent work! I'd like to see Hachiman, Berserkers and Lunataks, redesigned for you.
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kutoal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
awezome, I like it a lot mate
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:iconellocabruja:
ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes. you're awesome
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Nice.
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:iconchuckdee:
Chuckdee Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
this stuff is AWESOME Dan, did you do the colors as well?
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:icondannortonart:
DanNortonArt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional
Though I only got to take Slithe about 80% and had to just settle with flats for Addicus because of time.
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DanNortonArt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional
I did indeeeeed sir!
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Tara1974 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist
I am just Loving them, they look like what i remember, yet updated! Cudo's for a masterpeice!
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I like these concepts :D
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MarceloMatere Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great concepts! Hope to see those guys in the show soon! Did you work on all Mutants?
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DanNortonArt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional
Did the designs for 90-95% of the main characters of the show. And you should see Addicus in episode 14!
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:iconmarcelomatere:
MarceloMatere Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesome! Great work! Thanks for let us know!
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I do like the design of General Slithe, it stays true to the original but here he looks a lot less...erm...corny. It sure must have been fun to work on a project like this.
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Genome707 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I like the new show a lot, especially the design of the lizards in comparison to the original 80s show. By any chance, does anyone know how the female lizards will look?
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing as real lizards don't differ that much by sex, shouldn't they look about the same?

Then again, female and male cats look pretty much the same, too.

Were there any female lizards in the 80s show? :-/
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Genome707 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Yeah, in nature, it is difficult to tell a male lizard from a female one, but usually there are some differences upon closer inspection.

True, but in the show it appears we may be dealing with human animal hybrids. The cats look pretty human and even the lizards do to some extent.

Not that I know of. I just hope if we get to see them in the show, they look somewhat like this [link]

I hate it when people stick boobs on dragons/lizards/reptiles to show they are female. It does not make sense.
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, reptile boobs are just weeeird. Then again, I'm not that keen on even mammalian animals having the "perfect, huge, round" boobs. Weird all around.
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Genome707 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Yeah, I get it is difficult to separate the female reptiles from the males, but please, no boobs lol. You just got to let them talk, plus their behavior is different from the males, as in being more passive or aggressive for example. It really depends on the species cause it looks like their are multiple species of lizards present in the show.

Yeah, but you know why they do that...
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balgus82 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
It makes sense from a recognition standpoint. The show really is made for kids. Kids (or adults for that matter) wouldn't recognize that as female just by looking at them. It would just end up confusing people. That's why people put boobs on female reptilian anthros. There comes a point when being scientifically accurate is detriment to getting the look and feel of the character you want to present.
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Genome707 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
It doesn't make sense because in nature lizards do not rear their young no nurse them like mammals do. I can understand the cats and other female anthro mammals having them, but not reptiles. I'm not sure if the lizards in the show rear their young like humans/mammals do.

Well, they are usual cosmetic differences between the males and females of specific reptile species. Sometimes the females are bigger than the males or smaller for example.

Plus, when the females talk, you have your answer right there. That is the best way to tell for a human trying to figure out the sex of a female reptilian character. Otherwise I hear they eat you...
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balgus82 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
and on top of that you'll have the anti-gay people seeing pictures of couples of the characters and even if they're not technically males they look like males and they'll raise hell thinking the show is promoting homosexuality.
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balgus82 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
And you've completely missed my point. This isn't a scientific lab or a classroom. It's a TV show. One aimed at kids at that. There are certain things that need to be instantly apparent when looking at a character and gender is one of them. You know what would happen if you had a female lizard anthro that has no human female traits speak like a woman? little kids would go to their parents and say "Daddy why does he sound like a girl?"

Would you want Cheetara to have the same exact body shape as Tygra and Lion-O? Male and Female cats also look just alike until extremely close inspection. They can't show reproductive organs on the show so how do the viewers know what they are? By giving them a point of reference by including human features. You have to think about what the general audience would think about and what they would know.

You can't get too technical and scientific with stuff like this. If you want to be like that there wouldn't be any lizard anthros in the first place because they don't exist in real life.
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Genome707 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
That actually sounds kind of funny,but I do see your point though. Since you are so heavily defending this, is this how female lizards will be portrayed if they ever show up in the show?

The way these animals look in the show makes wonder if they aren't human in some way. Humans were kind of in the original one.

Aw, but getting technical is part of life.

Did you look at that female anthro image I linked on my post? Does that look male to you?
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balgus82 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
yes I looked, and yes it did look male to me. I have no idea how or if they'll appear in the show, but I do believe they'd be recognizable as female even with lizard qualities. They had female fish in episode three and they had breasts, so I imagine the lizards would too.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Wickedly awesome drawings!
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:iconbalgus82:
balgus82 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Awesome stuff! But this mean bad news about an Art Book? :/
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DanNortonArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional
Besides... I have thousands of drawings.... THOUSANDS. And that doesn't include the other artists stuff.
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balgus82 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Thousands....Just to spend one day at that studio to see all the production drawings would be a dream.
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DanNortonArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional
I just got a hair up my butt to post some stuff to get some hype going for the show. We're around the corner and I've seen so many posts about folk getting discouraged. Thought this might just pep them up a bit.
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balgus82 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Yeah I know. I've been reading those too. Some people even think it's been canceled.
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urban-barbarian Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Awesome!!!
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himanuts Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love how Monkian (I believe his called Addicus now?) looks. Highly looking forward to what's to come. You guys have done an excellent job.
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