05 January 2013

Shadowwing's original design!

With every single episode of He-Man and She-Ra Filmation would have their character model artists illustrate a plethora of designs for each and every character. Some of the initial designs in retrospect look stronger than the final models, whereas others we can only be thankful for the changes! Here we see a piece of character development artwork for the villainous dragon Shadowwing, who appears in the season one He-Man episode "The Return of Granamyr". Although Filmation would end up using a generic dragon model design, it is interesting to see that they had at one point intended to give him a completely new design!

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

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

This definitely would have been a way better design for the creature instead of a repeat of the look of the dragons from "The Dragon Invasion" ... Even if his color scheme was a mixture of dark gray and dark purple, that would have made Shadowwing all the more frightening! :)

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