06 January 2012

Bow's beard?

Here is a fascinating piece of layout artwork from the season one She-Ra episode "Beast Island". In this illustration we can see that the artist has illustrated Bow with a beard! And no, before you ask, it is not a fake beard. The artist clearly did not have a completed model sheet of Bow, or was simply illustrating the character from memory. Either way, it makes for a striking find. Notice also that the heart emblem on his armor is missing. Having drawn a large cross on the image, the head of layout has also written a note at the top of the illustration saying that the artist needs to "see correction"...


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

11 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

Good thing the beard wasn't used, because Bow would have looked too much like Sea Hawk, or could have passed for his brother. :) Interesting take on the character! Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

LadyAngora said...

i love bow with a beard! i think he looks great that way!

Chris Sunday said...

I think the beard looks cool on him! I wonder how it looks colored in? Might try to recreate this on the MOTUC figure!

Go Green at Battin said...

It looks like the start of the Sea Hawk. I'm glad they did correct it-- it might have been hard for a kid to tell them apart and it would be futher from the toy that was released.

Chris (He-Fan) said...

Kevin's comments about this making Bow look too much like Sea Hawk are right on the money - I think just having the moustache also fits better with Bow's character. :)

I've often wondered why they decided to give Bow a moustache at all, given that the original Mattel design for Bow was clean-shaven?? I wonder if it was for the same reason that he doesn't work with a beard - because the moustache adds just the right look to match his swashbuckling character! :)

chosen1heath@me.com said...

I agree with Kevin. He does look like Sea Hawk with a beard. That beard looks kind of exotic, fitting for an alien aristocratic look.

alvaro said...

he looks charming... ha! The chestplate without the heart works well too, but I like that kind of card deck heart the final version has... it would have been good to see him with beard after being held in beast island for 2 weeks or so... a good excuse for him to sport the beard.

Nerd said...

The whole angle, plus the beard, works really well. But I think, if memory serves, that beard re-appears on a different character.

Brandon Benge said...

I think the beard looks kind of natural on Bow. The Sea Hawk resemblance is a bit much, but I think it looks good on him.

SirBush said...

He still kind of looks flamboyant, if you ask me. Which is quite a feat with a manly beard! Only Bow could pull off such a thing. Hehe. Surely Bow could have grown a beard for a single episode, though? ;)

joseephus said...

I love this look. Actually makes Bow look a little tougher.

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