20 March 2007

Tracing a model sheet!

I am still trying to make up for the lack of posts in late January and throughout all of February! Yesterday it was two, and today we have three Blog entries...

Throughout his time working on numerous episodes of He-Man and She-Ra storyboard artist Don Manuel had obviously seen his fair share of his illustrations translated poorly to screen. The layout department were somewhat to blame for this as they were the ones responsible for looking at the storyboards and visualising how it should conform to Filmation's animation style. In this very interesting panel from the She-Ra season one episode "Horde Prime Takes A Holiday" we can see that Don Manuel was making sure his vision was realised! If you read the text next to the panel you will see that Don writes, "Think we can do this shot without tracing a model sheet this time?" A not so subtle dig at the artists in the layout department! Thankfully they actually followed his instructions and Skeletor looked impressive on screen...


(click on the image to see it at full-size)

4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

A magnificent transition of Skeletor's pose from storyboard to the final product ... Skeletor really does look all-powerful and intimidating in this shot, compared to the inferior-looking henchmen of Hordak, alongside the Lord of Destruction! I also get a kick out of Hordak's remark about Skeletor "helping The Rebellion." :)

Thanks for posting and reading! God Bless...

~KevyGuy :)
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Mike Bock said...

Awesome shot!!

Bonhomme said...

That artist note is priceless! I always felt that they’re a lot of humour surrounding the MOTU toon production.
Hope to find out more tidbits in this vein around, as I already did many times on the he-man.org forum thanks to your trivia!

Take care!
- Charles (Dr Bo from the He-man forum)

Go Green at Battin said...

Can tell that Don was tired of something that must of be upset that the other artist were doing. I've done that type of note to my students and when I look back after writting those notes is that I laugh about it... So I bet Don does too.

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