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BOONDOCKS: PRODUCTION ART by LeSeanThomas BOONDOCKS: PRODUCTION ART by LeSeanThomas
Sup y'all.

Here's some much requested Boondocks season 2 production art.

For those of you not familiar with my job as Supervising Character Designer on the show, my job was to read the script, design a rough layout of every single character as how i think Aaron would like them in a line up, then submit it to Aaron Mcgruder for approval (with his notes for changes and suggestions). But not before it gets approved by Producer Carl jones, Supervising Directors Bob Hathcock and Seung Kim.

Very streamlined process to maintain quality and consistency to aaron's vision. after they are approved, I then sit down with the production manager and art co ordinators to delgate which designer (in house and freelance) gets to turn the designs, how many designs are needed and which character require priority.

after i sit and draw every fricken character design in its springboard stage, lol, i then get to focus on the main characters with Seung Kim (costume changes, visual narative changes, etc).

it's a pretty dense production with LOTS of designs and art.

Above, is the first of a 4 page line up featuring all the characters in last night's episode "BALLIN'" where Riley learns the true meaning of teamwork through basket ball.

next to it is an omitted part of the original story where Grandad has a flashback to when he was a young point guard for the WASHINGTON GENERALS.

hope this stuff is interesting to y'all. this shit was hard work for us! but fun tho!
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:iconadrenalinesys:
adrenalineSYS Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
luvin it
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copyninja30 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i think this is an amzing show
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:iconflorgi:
florgi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
is your job a lot of work behind a computer?
i want to know which career to pursue and so far a lot of art careers seem to be kinda meh xD
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antihero12 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
uncle ruckus and that blind nigga....best boondock characters evah! you are my hero! without you the best show on earth would be......not the best show on earth! XD
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Nyoom Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Now ya'll blackies don't stay too long. Just kidding. . . .
Not really.

lmfao I love the boodocks they're like rape on a stick!
c:
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PC-acceptance Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
the best ep of the boons so far is the holloween epsiode... "IM BACK....... Niugggga" LMAO
but anyway... this is too tight
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core-e Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
man that's some good stuff. been catching the episodes off my dvr.
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shortlynish Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
this is why i lovveeee deviantart! so many aspiring artist can meet the real ppl like u! i cant believe wat u gotta go thru for a 22 min episode its amazing, n the outcome is brilliant seriously even my mum likes the show (which is funny as hell) keep it up n posting alot more boondocks too please :D its truely inspiring n makes me wanna get into the field more n more :D
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MrEdison Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Wow... this is some kickass stuff

Nice to run into you xD
Ya'll are doing a kickass job with the show. :}
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myopicmalcontent Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
LOL - Is that You as Washington Generals #3?
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weathermanoc Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Writer
"Ballin" was a "Brilliant" Episode -- fine job -- also, love the art work!! :)
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kse332 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Filmographer
You are just too good!!!
I hate you man.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Filmographer
pfft.... yeah, right!

how are you man? where are you these days?

hows the new baby?

hope all is well :)
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kse332 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I mean it man. your style impress me all the time. you are definitely AWESOME!!!
Now I'm helping out Mark and Mike on BlokHedz project at Imajimation. you should stop by some times.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I just wanted to say that this season of The Boondocks has been fantastic. It's been a LOT funnier than the first season.

And thank you so much for all the hot babes.

I agree with what you said above about Avatar. If it weren't for the Boondocks, CN wouldn't have any original programming that could touch it. (Seriously! Squidbillies? That crap's an insult to artists and animators everywhere, and the intelligence of all the viewers all at once.) Stuff like that makes it hard to say "The Boondocks is the best original production on CN" when there's nothing else even close.

Keep up the good work for as long as they let you.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Hey, ben10's not bad either.... well, now that we're doing the new season too. That's CN's other big original franchise.

it's a completely different target demo, like avatar. but its up there i think.
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Mauser712 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
You're right, I forgot about Ben 10, which is also pretty respectable. Which means they'll find a way to kill it and shuffle it off to Boomerang.

I'm just not a big fan of all these shows where the only real joke is "Everybody is stupid", the writers are on Zoloft washed down with Coors, and they thought that instead of real animators, they could do it all in Flash, and draw with their left hands to make it more "Artsy". The only thing on Sunday nights worth watching is Robot Chicken, which has moments of brilliance, but is running out of steam and falling back on body fluid jokes.
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jeremy-thebeast1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
nice i can tell alot of time and heart was put into this.
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Neotalku Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Hmm, so thats how it works.
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585 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
are we going to more of cindy in this season?
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eugenecommodore Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey les was it you who had the idea to put in the line "you mad cause I'm stylin on you" that the girl said to Riley? that was priceless.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
nah that was probably Carl jones, lol. that Youtube infamous punch in the face durin the battle rap between ENJ and NIKS was the talk amongst us all during the production. i wouldnt be surprised if they asked the actress to add that bit in.

that shit WAS funny to hear her say that. only a few heads will know what that means if they are familiar wit that youtube clip.
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eugenecommodore Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah man that youtube clip was the first thing that pop in my head when she said that funny shit.
Man yall need to do a episode on battling that would be Hilarious/
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soliton Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
even ?uestlove made fun of that. crazy.

ballin was a great episode. one of my favs so far.
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patrick17 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Student Digital Artist
nice...nice every thing...
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mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Enjoy viewing production stuff for animation. Should provide more of that on the DVD special features.
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Illo-J85 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Totally cool characters
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LoserLunatic Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
That sh*t is funny, you got like mad heads that have to approve your work before you ever even really get to know if what you've done is going to work. That right there is some real info for anyone who want's to do this kind of work for a living, good as you are you still have to be humble to be in the business and work as a team. Thanks for sharing.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
well multiple shows are being produced at once, so while approvals on one show are pending, work on already approved work is to be worked on. so its not so much of a waiting game most of the time.

And yes, animation is produced by committee at most television animation networks. a lot more professional than comics (shit tons more money too). And when you're surrounded by monsters in character designs, backgrounds, props, and storyboard departments, you're humbled real fast. I love being in the studio with other artists.
And i fucking love The Boondocks production in retrospect because its the only time i get to do some of the many things that i love which is anime hip hop and black culture.

it forces me to step my own game up. As far as being good and still being humble and work as a team. well its the difference between professionals and lames. play ya position, contribute as a whole. it cant get done with just you.
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LoserLunatic Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
There is, and has been nothing like The Boondocks ever before. You guys do an amazing job. There is no part of the show that doesn't show how much effort you all put into it. I think it's the only American made anime series on television aswell. Thank you for sharing some of what goes on behind the curtains.
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
sure thing man, thanks for the support!

also, AVATAR is the only other american anime thats just as good as the boondocks (just in a different way entirely)
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LoserLunatic Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Ohhhhh, and I just watched that movie. Your right again.
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icecreameater Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
young grandad is so short XD

:love:
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oai Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
man thats a lot of work, good stuff. How long does it normally take to knock these out?
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
2-3 days.
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oai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Man, I got some time before I reach that level. Well great job on this season man you guys are killin it.
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KonekoRyu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   General Artist
hn... I wass really surprised to see Cindy McPhearson in last night's episode ^^
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2nd-breath Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
this is great look at all the characters, whooo... nice
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
this isnt all of them. theres 2 pages more missing. they played 3 teams in tha episode. each team has 10 members, not including the crowd members (it gets progressively more crowded per game) you do the math ;)
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Qurious Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
This is great. 3 questions? Last season I saw your name in the credits, this season I don't. Did they not put it up or am I missing it? Do you get the chance to animate? Oh an is there a chance I could get a tour of the stuido? :) Let me know...
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Filmographer
last season i had opening and ending credits.(Co-Director/Supervising Character Designer)

this season i just have ending credits (Supervising Character Designer)

and no tours. sorry.
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Qurious Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
Oh... Ok cool. and the tours thing was worth a try :) But I will be truthful to ya. You inspire me to work harder. I would love to sit down with you for an hour and just talk and ask you questions. One day it will happen but for right now keep doing what your doing.


Trey McCoy
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blindsyte Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice model sheet. go col-erase pencil, GO!
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HarleyTheProdigy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
That was pretty kool to learn about,thanks for showing us.
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TheVentra Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
haha nice man! sounds like alot of work! how much time do you have to do all of that?

and i think the flashback would have been interesting
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gungrave515 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
man
must be nuts knowing you draw that much that can never be used

thats a nice few hours worth of work too

i dont know why
season 2 feels different
im enjoying it WAY more than last.

funny stuff

great job
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Thomas-Anderson Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   General Artist
This type of stuff is great "things to know" info, which makes it very interesting (well... atleast to me). So I hope you'll keep posting these types of things.
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metalgearray09 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Wow, that's a lot of characters you designed.
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NikkoAngelus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
very nice!!! It's seems like a very strenuous task to design every single little background character...
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PatCarlucci Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Ha ha ha... GREAT bunch O' characters LeSean!
Boondocks reminds me so much of where I used to live.
AWESOME stuff!
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