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THUNDERCATS DEVELOPMENT... by LeSeanThomas THUNDERCATS DEVELOPMENT... by LeSeanThomas
Ok, here's another couple pages of Midnight Marauders: The Art of LeSean Thomas Vol.2 (which features a collage of work mostly produced inside of '06-'07) scheduled for release this summer. These are pages from the sketches section of the full color book.

There's been a lot of talk about the recent Thundercats animated series by WB animation being brought back. Currently it's been put on hold. That said, i'd like to finally reveal that I was working as the lead character designer in development on this new show along with mega talent and cool buddy, Sam Liu (Godzilla animated). Here's just a smidget of the amount of designs produced for this project since the final look isnt near this.

Early Lion-o, and I wont get too far into who the kid is, but i think you can get the idea. below are several very, very VERY EARLY ideas on how to approach the look graphically. I like the original pass out of the 3 the best though. more organic, y'know?

fun stuff.....

*UPDATED with more concept scribbles!*
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
He's got swag. :)
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EdwardDillon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
theses are great designs !
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Jadejj Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Very cool stuff :star:
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kazzea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work, your art just gets better every time I see it. This is Kasim, I know its years sence the last time we spoke (the quiet kid who use to hang out with Chris) anyway...keep up the work.
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Chat-Field-Pirate Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
I love your style and you work is amazing. But how on god's green earth could you remake the thundercats? It just doesn't seem possible or right...
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ansirone Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
were your working with a cat named juaqin?
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Filmographer
joaquim is his name.

no, but he was present during some of the development process since we are friends with the producer at the time.

he did development at an earlier stage of the show's revamp.
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ansirone Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
cool, i got a peek of his work when our studio was tryin to court hasbro for g.i. joe. hes good and your good too.
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:iconleseanthomas:
LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Filmographer
thanks bro. yeah joaquim is just amazing.
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twincastX Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
wow this is some good character feeling. a must fav.
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Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
ok, Hollywood is full of idiots this looked really good
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Fahmi-Kin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
greetings! I did a retouch on Leon, the one that his sitting on the corner. If you dont mind I would like to add it on my gallery, but with your approval first....
May i have your email addres, I'll send it to you...
Thank you...
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shedenko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Dude!...I love how you render the characters' actions and poses.Thas one kewl kat bro.I'm diggin his kid form...groovy shit.I want more please!!!
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VinnyLT Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
This better not kill my favorite cartoon.. or there will be blood
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Jack-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
OK, so this new Thundercats series they were talking about last year would have looked similar to Boondocks? Hmm, OK, that sounds neat. The art looks great. But I still believe the concept of them as being a rock band who turn into heroes and take their orders from Snarf wanting to be Zordon...as kinda ridiculous and insulting to the original series. But the style would obviously have been great.
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gureiduson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Hey, this Lion? is for something, like a new animated series?
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Phsycodelic Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
BA sketches
: D
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dragoninthedust Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
i LOVE those action poses you have at the top right.

amazing stuff

maybe i'll be animating your characters one day haha
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jamga Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
COSMOCATS!!! (in french XD )
very impressive sketches, a lot of life inside!!!
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coolmonkeyd Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Student Filmographer
dude I think it's great but I think liono likes kinda wird changes his shoulders and make his face less square. No hating I just think it 'd be really sweet to bering this show back and I want it to be cool . Now a days in american animation everthings all square look'in and It really is annoying cuz it looks really cheap and It does work on every character. This form so one who always watches cartoons studies them like crazy!
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Shadowleaper Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, holy shit, this is awesome man, this is how Thundercats should have looked, rock on man, and rock hard! The return of Thundercats would rock my nads BIG time! The original series had the most amazing intro, i hope if you pick it up, you guys will keep close to that kinda of quality. *is so giddy at the thought of TC revival*
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Scarlet-Adrianne Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
wow great drawing skill :)
i like very much the concept... but Leon hair is a little too simple... it looks like pokemon to me :(
but the eyes the clouths and everything is gooooood :D

:+favlove:
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Slytherin-Mongoose Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Whatta coincedence: [link]
Right below you on my deviantwatch list!
What with TMNT and Transformers I'm surprised Thundercats hasn't been redone yet.
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gungrave515 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
nice man.
im very much so enjoying the upper right flipping vs monster sketch.

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zombieferret Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
im sorry i dont mean to bash your art style but it seems taste in cartoons has sharply shot downwards, i love anime as much as the next person but i miss the times of bugs bunny
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zombieferret Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
pity the hero is the same re-used anime hero design with the ripoff anime design, cant people make an original cartoon anymore!?
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
thanks bredren! man, we gotta storm the WB offices together and twist their arms on this one! lol. somethings gotta give!!!
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JoaquimDossantos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Damn Les..... I remember seeing these things the first time out, and I'm still just as blown away as I was then! RAD!
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happymonkeyshoes Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
A bit of a step away from the original. I think its in good hands, the way your sketches have come out. I'll be honest I feared the worst when they said that they were going for a rock group angle. Did you and work on this together, or are you from different studios, as you've both had a hand in its revivial. Also, do you mind if I link to this on some of the boards I'm on?
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Me and joaquim have been cursed by the TV Animation gods. we've yet to work together but are in eachothers presence all the time... He was with me in the office when i presented some of the first designs with the producer in development, we're pretty much in contact with eachother and it was an honor to receicve his support that day being the man who contributed some fabulous designs that inspired my lion-o design.

and this isnt the final look of the show, so yeah, go ahead and post, lol. hopefully you'll rouse up enough support to get this going again, lol.
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happymonkeyshoes Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Cool mate, I posted it here: [link];page=3

Check if you want to see what people think. You and 2-Cents have got to work together at some point man, it'll be interesting to see what gets churned out.
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TheVentra Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
thundercats is coming back!!
I knew it!
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Richardiovascular Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Crap balls.

I initially hated this idea... but with you in charge I'm warmin up mighty quick.

And fuckin nice movement you got goin in that corner with "Leon" and that sludge monster. Been tryin to get that loose with stuff and you pulled it off like nothin.
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Denchii85 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
The action flip deal is sweet man:D
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
dog, this si nothihg, you havent seen the rest of the gang, and mumm-ra concepts! all in Vol.2
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Denchii85 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
I know it will be tight pimpn:D
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felinaedeath Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
man, this is so cool. what happened to the idea? does it have a site or something?
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Ankhu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Hey It looks good Lesean :nod: Keep it up :thumbsup:
Keith
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jeffwamester Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Wow, what I like, is the way you makes clothes fit on the character. The characters don't just have an outfit... they "WEAR" the clothes...they wear it with style.

:+fav:
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
man, thanks, i'm really digging your stuff too. i can't fave enough of it...
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lafe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
meant to say paving lol!
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lafe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Major props to you. Keep handling your business in bringing new designs to the forefront. Love seeing brothers not only in the industry, but apving and leading the way.
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RedSilverArtist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
I'm curious, but who will print this book or will it only be on cons you can get it?
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:iconleseanthomas:
LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Like my first sketchbook, i'll be self-publishing this. And also like my other books, It will be available off of my website [link] as well as premiering at the san diego comicon this summer.

As the book nears completion, i will be showing more about it and announcing its arrival.
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CLE2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice stuff
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drazebot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
that a book that I'll buy at any cost , july (damn the time flies slow- it's still today :D )
thanks for sharing :)
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
lol... its coming... trust me, it'll be the perfect companion book to "Nervous Breakdowns: The Art of LeS vol.1" you'll see....
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drazebot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:D I remember the time when I understood I got one of the NB books- my sister in law showed it to me over the net-I'm in the butt of europe and she's in washington-imagine the thrill and pain I had in me cuz she was holding the book instead of sending it??? :'( (my wife said that I was jumping around the room and even the cat was looking at me with a face that was saying"WTF???")
I'm gonna be even more happy when the second edition's in my hand :D
hmmmm it's still today -I guess time flies slowerererer in europe
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Zlatolin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I really like all of your artworks. You have some splendid class work. But what hits me are these background sketches, dynamic movements and poses you illustrate with a lot of strokes. They're gorgeous! :)
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LORDNEPHALIM Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I almost forgot...Leon's design is slick!
Kinda looks like a dude you'd actually see on the street .
Good stuff!
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