Tuesday, October 23, 2012

He-Man ... I Have the Power !!!

Continuing with my efforts to resurrect He-Man on a personal level at least. Recently while drawing in class with my students I've been practicing getting back in form with the venerable character. It's a challenge when you haven't drawn him in nearly three decades. I'm a little off model with the design from his original look but that's not a big deal for me. I was never entirely comfortable drawing He-Man on model while the TV series was in production in the 1980s. My thoughts at this point are to experiment with the look of He-Man and see where I can take him. Similar to what I've been doing periodically with Crash Bandicoot.

Here's the obligatory He-Man pose...


He has the power and a sword to go with it. Don't mess with He-Man...


Okay, you asked for it!


4 comments:

Pat Caldora said...

Hey Charles, I just noticed that He-Man resembles Thundarr the Barbarian and the main character from ThunderCats. Did you take inspiration from those shows to design He-Man?

Charles Z said...

Hey Pat. He-Man started as a toy line at Mattel. If Thundarr was an influence it happened there. Also He-Man preceded Thundercats.

When the animated series got under way a box of the action figures and vehicles were delivered to Filmation which was the studio we were at. They were passed out among us. One artist got the good guys, another got the bad guys, and the third on the team which was me, and since I was the new kid on the block, got the vehicles. After the character and vehicle toys were designed / adapted for animation we started producing the series. I worked on animating the very first episode of the cartoon and then became a character designer for the series.

Emerson said...

Wonderful art, Mr. Z.

Charles Z said...

Thanks Emerson. I'll try and draw more He-Man. I want to explore the character artistically and see where I'm at with him.