Beta then and now

Wiggle by flynnmutt

Beta’s had a lot of changes since I first designed him. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of his early concepts!

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The first doodle of “Beta”. I had the image in my head but couldn’t get it down on paper in a very detailed way, so I just scribbled something.

Beta was originally not Beta at all – but a boss form of Proty.

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Proty could turn into a dragon-like boss, which later on I scrapped and replaced with Beta being his own character. This boss-Proty was much smaller than Beta, lankier, and had softer features around the face.

I designed the boss-Proty to have the features of Proty with a dragon-like twist. Proty’s hair curl was an example, in this little comic. (poorly formatted, my apologies)

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My partner Spencer was concerned for the plot and character development, saying that having “great power somewhere inside” was an overused trope. I thought long and hard about a way to solve it, and Beta was born.

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An old reference sheet for Beta. A lot of it remains the same today.

Old Beta 1 by flynnmuttBeta still had a lot of issues, though. He was a poorly-scripted character, your run-of-the-mill baddie. He’d laugh at his strength, not understand his crudeness, and be a big, spooky, boring villain.

I thought of perhaps making Beta less of an evil creature and more of a simple “antagonist”. Not necessarily a bully, but just going against Proty. As a result, Beta was softened up. I gave him fewer (and duller) teeth, large irises, and harmonious colors that would give off a mixture of danger and sweetness, depending on how you’d look at it. Beta soon became an antagonist that I’m very proud to call my own.

Beta by flynnmutt

The first color scheme concept for Beta.

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The finalized version of Beta

If you’d like, I might do more “Then and Now”s with the other characters of MINIBOSS. What do you think? If so, who would you like to know more about?

4 thoughts on “Beta then and now

  1. Beta THEN – MWHEHEHEHE I AM SO STRONG U CANT EVEN TOUCH DISS
    Beta NOW – I JUST LIVE A HAPPY LIFE IM SORRY HABAHBDUBIA LET ME BEEEE

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  2. Oooooooo! Super cool! If you do any more of these, I’m really curious to see what Protys “Then and Now” would look like!

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