on the run


Take care of them, Steven

These are some boards I did from the episode “On the Run.” Sometimes when we have specific timing in mind, we time out the boards ourselves and give them to our wonderful animatic editor Lauren Hecht to use as reference. She always has great ideas for ways to improve the flow of our scenes.

In “Watermelon Steven” Lamar Abrams had introduced the new secondary powers of the gems like Amethyst’s spin dash and Pearl’s projectile beams, and i was excited to use them in as dynamic a way as possible. Introducing new gem powers and abilities is always a blast and I had fun coming up with Amethyst’s new ‘flame whip.’

This was a shot that i animated myself with advice from Jeff, it was a lot of fun to do. Since day one of working on this show I knew that a conflict like this between Amethyst and Pearl was inevitable and I secretly hoped that Jeff and I would get a chance to tell that story. Special thanks to Nick DeMayo, our animation director, and to the fantastic animation team at Sun Min in Korea for bringing this episode to life!

Something “Steven vs. Amethyst” hammered home for me.


from Garnet

to Pearl

Lapis Lazuli

Jasper, obviously.

And now Steven.

Amethyst has never won a battle against a fully-conscious gem before. Only monsters.

It took fusion for Steven to be able to have even a chance against Jasper. Stevonnie was on equal gems to the average quartz soldier.

Amethyst is on even ground, if not lower than, Steven on his own.

Not only is Amethyst weak for a quartz, she’s weak for a gem. 

For an Era 2 gem, like Peridot, that’d be fine. But a fully functioning soldier? That’s the epitome of shame.

Amethyst is small, but she has all her facilities about her. To gems like Jasper, she should be perfectly capable of fending herself, or perfectly capable of having the respect for other’s enough to off herself. To her, Amethyst’s continued existence after her defeat isn’t just shameful, it’s disturbing.

I’ll bet you anything Amethyst is aware of this.


I relate to Pearl in a lot of ways but one of the things I probably relate to most is her uncanny ability to stick her foot in her mouth and say the absolutely wrong thing in any situation, especially when actively trying to be helpful