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Powerpuff Prototypes! by Darkton93 Powerpuff Prototypes! by Darkton93
This is a colored version of some concept art for the second Powerpuff Girls What A Cartoon! short, "Crime 101". You may notice the Girls look kinda different in this one, wonder why that is? Well, when the original pilot "Meet Fuzzy Lumkins" first aired, the fan reaction was HORRENDOUS! A particular point of consternation came with the designs of the Girls, having strange circular designs, big bug eyes, and no fingers, ears or noses. The reaction to them was so negative, that when Craig was given his second chance at bringing the Girls to life, he had actually redesigned the Girls to look more human. A higher-up advised him to keep the original designs from the first short, so the Girls kept their fingerless, bug-eyed designs, and when "Crime 101" proved successful and the Girls got their own show, the Girls' first designs became what was used in the series, and that's how we got our Bug-Eyed Freaks!

And yes, these human Powerpuff Girls designs do look familiar. That's because they were dug up to be used in the Chris Savino Era episode "Oops, I Did It Again", where they were repurposed into being the designs of the Girls as ordinary, unpowered humans. While these designs are through and through for the Powerpuffs, as seen on the second model sheet, the Amoeba Boys are such bad criminals it wouldn't be besides the Run-of-the-Mill Girls to be friends with them!

As a side note, I actually prefer these designs to the canon designs. Maybe it's because they're so different, but they certainly do look stylized. I definitely prefer Craig's version of them over Savino's; Craig draws them cuter and more expressive, especially Buttercup. The one flaw I can possibly think of is that it doesn't make them seem truly "artificial", though I suppose the backstory was not done quite in detail; no can of whoop-ass to put in the mix! Still, it would be interesting to see what'd happen if these human designs were used in the series. What would that mean for characters who gain those trademark Powerpuff Eyes? What'd mean for other Chemical X creations like the Rowdyruff Boys? Heck, what would BUNNY look like in such a style, deformities and all? I shudder to think about that last one.

Anyway, I got the pic off the PPG Wiki, and the colors come from Geshundfight, the first appearance in the show of the Girls and Amoebas in the same episode. Not much else to say. Maybe I'll do more with these designs since they're so cute!
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Yojama Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
kind of wish they stuck with this design
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UnsolicitedDecadence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this classic picture went completely unnoticed by the Internet.
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ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"the fan reaction was HORRENDOUS!"

Well I guess that was back when people still had some genuinely good artistic integrity with cartoons. But then what happened? Powerpuff Girls, as a series, ended up becoming what was probably the cheapest looking cartoon of the 90's, and fooled everyone into thinking it was the best thing ever. Granted, I do think that the bug-eyed designs of the girls make more sense if they're supposed to be unnatural products of science, but it's just that the final art and aesthetics for the show were downright terrible. Both of the What A Cartoon! shorts always looked better to me than the series itself did, even without these more human looking designs.

Of course it's a lot worse today, when there's literally a ton of new cartoons with ugly-ass looking art styles on modern-day Cartoon Network that people nowadays somehow think are "appealing", but I do think it goes all the way back to shows like this and how the original 1998 series ended up looking. I recently uploaded something I found on Twitter to illustrate this matter with: tooneguy.deviantart.com/art/Th…
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RoboticRhaspody Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2017  Student Filmographer
I see your point. The thing with The Powerpuff Girls (at least, the old show) was that it used these minimal art-style greatly to its advantage. Everything in that show is very stylized; heroes, villains and supporting characters heavily contrasted from each other (The Girls' cutesy designs, the Professor's square-like design, and Mojo's sharp and terrifying design); the background varies in colours; and the animation is very fast-paced to match its action and comedic nature. The show, overall, is inspired by the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, alongside many of Hanna-Barbera's better shows. That's what makes the art style of the show so appealing.

As for the newer show... well, even without the many animation error and dull character design, it all feels so unfocused. It's like it doesn't know what made the old show's art style so great, and just made everything pink and cutesy. That gets unappealing very quick, and as a result, falls into the same trap as most other TV shows nowadays.

I'm just hoping the new Samurai Jack revival would inspire showrunners to think outside the box with the art style...
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ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry, but as far as I'm concerned there's nothing appealing about the art of the original Powerpuff Girls series, and there's nothing really good about drawing and designing cartoons in that way either.

But I am curious to see what you think of the work I've started doing to develop my own drawing style for Powerpuff Girls: tooneguy.deviantart.com/art/Bl…

Yes, I am aware of the reboot, but I had already grown to dislike the art of the original to the point of wanting to draw these characters my own way from now on. I've still been pretty faithful to Craig's design of the girls, except for making my own aesthetical changes like drawing their hair/mouths differently, eliminating their thick outlines, and making their designs look much smoother overall.

I have much more of this in the works that I'm still wanting to show here later down the road.
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PerfectZanderSanchez Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, Blossom looks ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!!!!!
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Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist
The girls look like that one big eyed girl in Dexter's Laboratory that had a crush on Dexter, until she started dating that boy who had the same eyes as her.
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UnsolicitedDecadence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Aye Aye Eyes", the episode in question, was written and storyboarded by McCracken. He even co-wrote the song.
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Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist
Yeah that's the episode I was thinking of.
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UnsolicitedDecadence Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The big-eyed girl would be a case of using the body type and standard design to a somewhat better use? 
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TheLatinGamer8888 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017   Artist
The Girls used to have Fingers, Ears and noses
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Darkmegafan01 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
These look great!
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