Since King of Ooo is probably too busy plotting his coup and overthrowing PB to post (just kidding)…
Here are some of my favorite BG’s I got to design for the two-part episode called “Lemonhope”. After reviewing the animatic and storyboards for this one, I immediately wondered what the fans and viewers were going to think…especially the ending. Tom Herpich and Steve Wolfhard are one of my favorite storyboard teams on the show, and they always try to push the stories beyond what’s expected of Adventure Time. Even with side characters. That’s what makes Adventure Time special and what keeps the stories fresh.
On the design side, I wanted to give the story the proper respect and I tried to put extra love into the BG designs. Seeing the BG painters’ final pass at the color palettes made the scenes even better. I dare say this episode is one of the most lush and beautifully rendered episodes that we’ve put out.
On a side note…this was one of the first episodes I worked on while my baby boy was only a few weeks old, and I drew—and even painted a few!— these scenes while he was sleeping in his crib just a few feet away. Now he’s almost 7 months old. Time sure flies by…
And of course, the usual roll call:
art director - Nick Jennings
BG painters - Sandra Calleros, Ron Russell, and Teri Shikasho
and of course…
BG designers - Derek Hunter & your’s truly.