Beta’s had a lot of changes since I first designed him. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of his early concepts!
Beta was originally not Beta at all – but a boss form of Proty.
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)
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.
Beta 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.