Friday, September 12, 2008

He-Man Characters

Adam Ford and others are working on some re-takes of He-Man characters, and they assigned me to re-draw Teela.

First of all, He-Man epitomizes everything I love about having been a kid in the 80's. We really, honestly thought this stuff was awesome. My brother and I watched the show religiously, and I remember the best Christmas when we both got He-Man toys. Of course, I think my older brother always got the good toys---my parents gave him Skeletor and He-Man, but I think I got Prince Adam and Cringer. I think my parents figured they could save a few bucks because I was two years younger and maybe wouldn't notice the difference. It's okay though, I was excited anyway. We even didn't care that they built a Castle Grayskull out of painted plywood instead of buying the real thing.

For all our love of the He-Man universe though, I can't for the life of me remember anything about Teela.

Maybe she was cool, who knows. But since I have no fond memories, I had no inhibitions about making fun of the things that are ridiculous about the way she looks. And that's a lot because this is a cartoon character from the 80's.
The first thing I noticed was, those thighs! Everything about her costume emphasizes the length and girth of her thighs, so that's what I pushed on, mostly. That and her uncomfortably thin 80's waist, the bronze(?) "armor," the fur lined boots, and, of course, that crazy hairdo. Yeah, this was fun.
I may even do another one, if the Guild of He-Man Re-drawers doesn't object.

37 comments:

  1. that is rad

    i love it

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  2. This makes me smile in a very good way. Excellent job!

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  3. That's great man!!!

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  4. I am so glad you did this Sam, you are amazing!

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  5. i love this fan art ^^

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  6. This is grand. Such wonderful work.

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  7. Wow, those are some amazing legs!

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  8. Very, very awesome!!!

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  9. Awesome work Sam! I appreciate most that her legs are all scratched up. I've always been stymied by the idea that male warriors are often covered head to toe with armor plating, but the women are scantily clad-- not at all prepared for war.
    Fantastic!

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  10. I still have about 30 of my He-Man figures. My kids play with them now, and I'm sad to say the rubber elastic that holds the legs on eventually gets brittle and breaks, so now we have lots of random apendages, but some are still intact: Ram-Man, Orko, Merman, Mecha-Neck, Two-Bad, and others. I just spent 15 min last night taping the saddle back on Battle-Cat for my son.

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  11. I wish we could get a He-Man aninated series with that quality nowadays

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  12. Have you watched the Masters of the Universe live action movie lately? It's hilarious how trigger happy Teela is. If the slightest thing goes wrong... Wait, the paper boy skipped our house again! Teela: "Let me wing him! I've got a shot!"
    Great work, Sam. You're a master.

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  14. Hey!
    I just got a message from one of your students. They did a great job at painting my dog in a rocket ! hahaha. Love your work by the way!! Id love to get some tips from ya sometime.
    All the best!

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  15. Thanks for all the comments!

    Aaron: Actually, I've never seen the live action version. Sounds like it might be worth it, though.

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  16. what an awesome piece, it looks beautiful!

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  17. Hi...

    I love She!!!

    Excellent job!!!

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  18. Good composition!
    Great work!

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  19. Boy, those are some thing ankles !! Awesome work on this !!

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  20. I like the fur fringe on her boots the best. They're just right!

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  21. her left ankle looks a bit...broken. haha. fantastic work otherwise

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  22. ha ha, this one is oozing with awesomeness!!! Very appealing.

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  23. amazing. such an awesome image that i'm insane with jealousy. hope you don;t mind if i add you to my link list.

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  24. Holy %#@*! This is AAWESOME!

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  25. hi sam, i stumbled upon yr blog. i'm a die hard fan of He-Man too. every episode made my day whn i was a kid. i used to find Teela hot man. u gave justice to those thighs. great stuff here. one secret to share with u. i never had a He-Man toy but my cousins did....i died back then.

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  28. Haha of course I remember he man that show was amazing, I born in 88 but still on the first 90s children watch that show I remember I had a big he man toy with the tiger and everything, but everything changes now I watch Bleach that's an anime, but I hear there's gonna be a he man movie in 2012, but there's not sure yet.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Wow...this was a really good article. Probably one of the best I've read on

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  30. HI,
    Nice information here ...rally great job done...I like it..
    Thanks...

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  31. whoah, her thighs are wider than her waist.

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  33. wow amazing, I have to say that is absolutely gorgeous.Anyway, thanks for sharing.

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