MTV Geek has an interview with Thundercats 2011 Designer Dan Norton. Along with the interview are looks at some of his designs. Included is our first look at the new Jackalman! In the interview, Norton talks about his design influences, his approach and what he’s looking to bring to the young series.
“When I’m looking for reference, I pull a lot from nature: national monuments, photography, live photos—I mean really, there’s a lot of nature that’s already impressive. So just going into an entirety of being a fan of all sorts of fantasy shows, cartoons, movies—you know, one of my favorite movies was Conan the Barbarian. There’s just so many different cartoons, more than I could probably name. I was a big fan of Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War, all of those rich, fantasy cartoons. Even the old school Rankin Bass [movie] The Last Unicorn and Lord of the Rings, you know, just seeing that and feeding on it for so many years and then seeing people pushing the limit in other shows—you just take what inspires you and add your own edge to it.”
For more, check out the interview Here. Click the headline of the story for the images.