02 September 2012

FILMATION ART: Skeletor's axe.

For the last sixteen years I have collected He-Man and She-Ra animation artwork. As a result I have amassed a pretty large collection! Here I present a piece of original background artwork from the He-Man episode "Diamond Ray of Disappearance". As soon as I saw this background I just had to own it. For those that do not know, this image showcases the crystal ball atop Skeletor's axe, a weapon he employs in only this one episode. I love the way light is reflected across the axe, as well as the little nicks and dents that indicate the weapon has some age. The Eternian sky is rendered as beautifully as ever. The white part of this background is actually clear, so that the animation of Trap Jaw on his War Sled could be shot underneath.


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

And here is how the background was used in the episode...

2 comments:

Kevin Martinell said...

The middle part of the axe is especially well done, between the light and shadow detail, plus I like how the background is like a darkened version of the Eternian Sky, as seen in "Eternal Darkness." :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

David Monid said...

A very awsome find there James.

Overall it is interesting how they were able to overlay other animation sequences with another to create such scenes. :)

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