21 December 2011

Victory pose!

This illustration by Robin Davies appears on the final page of the Ladybird book "The Iron Master". Whilst He-Man holding aloft the Sword of Power is nothing original, the colors and boldness of this illustration are very strong. I like the fact that we can see the remains of the Iron Master, and the molten rock, at He-Man's feet. A very victorious illustration!


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12 comments:

Mosquitor said...

I love this illustration, and He-Man's closing speech in the book... very effective ending to possibly the best Ladybird MOTU book.

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed! Nice design with the endless stars filling up the sky, too. :) With the great big moon behind He-Man, this reminds me of the setting from "Into The Abyss," as Prince Adam is getting ready to transform into He-Man! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

Chris (He-Fan) said...

I'm a huge fan of the Ladybird book artwork - I know when I spoke to Robin Davies a few years ago that he was very happy (and surprised) to know how well thought-of his MOTU artwork is amongst fans! :)

If there are any UK parents (or kids) reading this post, you may also have seen Robin's artwork in more recent years on the Thomas & Friends story library books - the ones that every garden centre in the UK seems to have on display...! :)

Buzz Chuck said...

I like the way the feathers attach to Stratos' arms as apposed to the way they are on the toy.

chosen1heath@me.com said...

I love this illustration so much I made it my desktop background. It reminds me of those puzzles they sell at Wal-Mart on the cheap toy isle, with the moon being so big and all. He-Man raising his sword always stirs an emotion in me. James, when you say it is nothing new, it IS still fresh and new to me!

Sebastian Vogl said...

I totally dig that book to this day. Nearly any illustration in there is awesome, but this one is iconic! I also always loved that Stratos' skin was rather blue than gray.

Tyler Baker said...

Beautiful picture! I love the clouds casscading around the mountain as the stand in victory! very epic!

Aldebaran said...

In Germany the audio books were much more influental to MOTU-fandom than the cartoon. For me these books were always a great complimentation to the audio stories, just because of their great art.

Fabian said...

I have never seen this piece before. It is very powerful. The colors work well, and the power of He-man is evident with the remains of the Iron Master before him.

LJM said...

Seems very festive!

SirBush said...

If you hadn't pointed it out, I wouldn't have ever noticed the remains of the Iron Master there, James. The colours are bold but his "scrap" is very understated, in my opinion.

joseephus said...

This is a cool pose, and I wish more people got to experience reading the LadyBird books.

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