Landing with a thump back on our screens this weekend is one of the most inventive and darkly humoured programmes on TV, Rick and Morty. Tricking you into a false sense of security with its Doctor Who, Back to the Future-esque jaunt through time and space, it somehow gets away with grotesque and terrifying creatures and horrific violence that takes you by surprise in hilarious ways. So, what kind of warped mind comes up with this stuff? Led by creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon is a team of illustrators, artists and designers who, over the ten-month production for each season, create an eclectic multiverse of characters and backgrounds through which the adventures can unfold. For seasons one and two, the art team was creatively directed by James McDermott, who ahead of Rick and Morty’s upcoming season three launch, has shared some of his sketchbooks showing the birth of many of the show’s creatures and scenery.
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