FREAKTOWN

This is a show that could’ve been pretty fantastic but in the end, It turned into a nightmare. The studio we were paired with by the execs took over and made the show they wanted with our creation. I hope I never have to go through another one of these.

 

This is the image that sold the show to Teletoon in 2012. It was called Sweets vs Freaks and it was perfect.

This is the image that sold the show to Teletoon in 2012. It was called Sweets vs Freaks and it was perfect.

(NOT MY ILLUSTRATION) This is the show it became.

(NOT MY ILLUSTRATION) This is the show it became.

Ben Bones Turnaround - They really needed to change his shirt red. Never understood the need or the logic behind it.

Ben Bones Turnaround – They really needed to change his shirt red. Never understood the need or the logic behind it.

Ben Bones

Manny Turnaround - We always wanted Manny to talk like the Workaholics cast. We said "No generic Canadian animated show surfer dude!", he's now a surfer dude :(

Manny Turnaround – We always wanted Manny to talk like the Workaholics cast. We said “No generic Canadian animated show surfer dude!”, he’s now a surfer dude 🙁

Lord Cuddles - I wanted to keep his eyes all black like he is in here, made him more like a teddy bear, more adorable/cute.

Lord Cuddles – I wanted to keep his eyes all black like he is in here, made him more like a teddy bear, more adorable/cute.

Princess Booboo - Here are different designs of Booboo. In the end, they picked my least favourite.

Princess Booboo – Here are different designs of Booboo. In the end, they picked my least favourite.

Here are the faceshapes of the original design.

Here are the faceshapes of the original design.

Priscilla - She kinda turned out OK.

Priscilla – She kinda turned out OK.

Taylor turnaround

Sparkles turnaround

Tough Dudes

Fourth lineup 66

Freaktown Sketches - Here are the first designs of Freaktown from a distance.

Freaktown Sketches – Here are the first designs of Freaktown from a distance.

freaktown

The studio sent me the top image which is good. I wanted to give the illustration depth and a bit more texture, I also wanted the Island to stand out more. I sent this revised (below) illustration and never heard back from them.

Some early concepts of Cuddle's throne room.

Some early concepts of Cuddle’s throne room.

Ben Bones’ flat

Ben's flat ext - Earlier concept and final design.

Ben’s flat ext – Earlier concept and final design.

City Hall

City Hall

Early BG designs

Early BG designs

Grossery store design

Grossery Store EXT. – Earlier and final design (right). I thought the one on the left was fine design wise but…

Grossery Store INT.

Grossery Store INT.

Design notes

Here are a few design notes I did.

Here are boards for an episode I did. I was suppose to direct the first three episodes, like it was stated in my contract, but the studio did everything they can to not have me there to direct. In the end, I co-directed from Vancouver in my apartment alone with as many notes as possible and sent it to Toronto where the whole studio and team was. They just did whatever they wanted, using whatever they wanted. View larger image here.