08 May 2012

Coloring book #1 - Guardian of Castle Grayskull.

During the eighties there were many Masters of the Universe coloring books, all of which featured a variety of artwork, with varying degrees of quality. Some artists put in a great level of detail, other artists simply copied model sheets, and some artists were just plain questionable. There were a batch of illustrations by one particular unnamed artist that I have a great affection for, mainly because the style is close to the cartoon, but bold enough to be identifiable as the artist's own! These images also showcased some pretty impressive scenes that I personally wish could have been seen in the Filmation series. In this illustration we see He-Man with the Sword of Power casually held in both hands standing in the foreground, with Castle Grayskull in the background. Many will criticize the simplicity of Castle Grayskull, but I love the composition of this piece.


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4 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

He-Man has a great "Filmation-like" pose, close to the cartoon, like you say, James. :) I also like how plants are added to the scene, as it was usually just rocky close to the castle. :)

shiftCREATE said...

Just sent my son off to colour this. I hope there are more of these.

Buzz Chuck said...

I totally had that coloring book.

Geret said...

I love this one! My favourite colouring pages were those in which Teela is kidnapped and Skeletor is trying to make her his bride! Please post more of these!

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