28 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 28

"The Heart of A Giant" scene concept by Fred Carrillo

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Although Fred Carrillo was a layout artist, his illustrations were unique in that they often summed up entire scenes, rather than breaking them down shot by shot. This created a feel for the episode, and gave the layout artists something beside the storyboards to look to when staging the individual shots. This piece of layout artwork by Carrillo, from the He-Man episode "The Heart of A Giant", sums up the scene in which The Keeper locates Cambro on his monitor.


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27 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 27

Background line art from MU020 "Dawn of Dragoon"

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Here we see an intricately detailed background of Dragoon's Fortress from the He-Man episode "Dawn of Dragoon". Although Trolla was predominantly an organic planet full of strange imagery, Dragoon's Fortress bore a stark contrast to that world. One has to admire the level of detail as well as the time it probably took to illustrate this background.


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26 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 26

"Troll's Dream" layout artwork

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This piece of layout artwork from the She-Ra episode "Troll's Dream" demonstrates how a layout artist's style would dominate an illustration. As beautiful as She-Ra's face is in this piece, the rendering is off model. Even though layout artwork was a process in-between storyboard and animation, layout supervisors and directors often ensured that even during the layout the characters should be on model to avoid mistakes made by the animators.


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25 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 25

"The Remedy" scene concept by Fred Carrillo

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This illustration by Fred Carrillo, featuring a scene from the He-Man episode "The Remedy", highlights just how talented an artist he was. Rarely was layout artwork this detailed, as its job was simply to dictate the movement of the characters in a shot. Carrillo's level of detail throughout his illustrations remind us of his numerous artistic contributions to the Golden Book publications.


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24 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 24

Chopper ("The Dragon Invasion") near-final model sheet

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Here is a near-finalized character model design of Jitsu, or as he was known in the He-Man episode "The Dragon Invasion", Chopper. The crisp line art seen here shows that the artist was under the impression that this was to be the illustration that would become the model sheet from which the model sheet cels were created. However, late in production the decision was made to slightly alter and reduce the size of the character's head.


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23 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 23

Background line art from PP034 "Troll's Dream"

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Duke Drear's castle from the She-Ra episode "Troll's Dream" makes Castle Grayskull look positively welcoming. This background showcases a truly unique mix of natural bone-like structures, and the warped technology of the Evil Horde. One has to pay particular attention to the creepy skull with one eye socket!


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22 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 22

"Huntara" layout artwork by Lenord Robinson

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Lenord Robinson utilized an incredibly bold style when it came to layout artwork. This illustration, from the She-Ra episode "Huntara", shows Huntara from the memorable sequence in which she acrobatically flips towards (and over) the camera. Normally for an episode the layout artwork would total two or three pieces per shot. Robinson illustrated a staggering twenty-eight pieces of layout artwork for this one shot to literally guide the animator as to how the character should move in the scene.


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21 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 21

Catra concept illustration

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This illustration shows one of the numerous designs conceptualized for Catra for the She-Ra series. The character design on the left appears to match certain aspects of the action figure, which was in development at the time. The prominent illustrations feature a much looser rendition of the character, although the close-up reveals that even at the early stage the artists were trying to ensure that Catra had very angular facial features.


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20 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 20

Kowl concept illustration

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Kowl was one of the characters that went through numerous designs for the She-Ra series. Many of the initial concepts have him as a much more rounded Disney-like know-it-all owl bestowed with a great intelligence. Interestingly Kowl's wings were not a pair of oversized ears in the design process. This was something that continued up until the eleventh hour until Charles Zembillas revised his final model by transforming Kowl's wings into his ears.


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19 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 19

Background line art from MU014 "Colossor Awakes"

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Aside from their ability to create beautiful alien worlds, the Filmation artists also had to create heavily detailed backgrounds steeped in technology, as both Eternia and Etheria were planets upon which there was an abundance of science. This background illustration, showing the interior of the Collector from "Colossor Awakes", retains a very clean line throughout, as to ensure that no detail is lost when translated into the final painted background.


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18 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 18

"Quest for He-man" layout artwork

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Here we see a piece of layout from the He-Man episode "Quest for He-man" featuring He-Man, Gleedil, and Plundor. This scene is fairly static with the only movement being Plundor's entrance into the scene and his dialogue indicated by the "dial" notification. This illustration highlights the way in which most layout artists would rough out their illustration in blue pencil, and then use a traditional pencil to complete the artwork.


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17 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 17

Castaspella concept illustration

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This illustration shows an incredibly early design for Castaspella, to the point that if her name were not on this illustration, all of us would have a hard time figuring out who she is supposed to be. The hypnotic/magical aspect of the design is somewhat in place, but the skimpy clothing and rainbow color scheme are far removed from the final character model we would see appear in the She-Ra series.


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16 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 16

Skytree ("The Dragon's Gift") concept illustration

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Surprisingly Skytree, from the He-Man episode "The Dragon's Gift", went through a few designs, before the final character model was decided upon. Although the concept is still the same, you can see that this version of Skytree has a more human-like face. His appearance is clearly based on that of an old man, with two prominent tufts of leaves either side of his face representing two tufts of hair. From this piece you can also see that Skytree was going to be far bigger, as if you look closely enough you can just about make out a tiny illustration of He-Man.


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15 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 15

Background line art from MU004 "Diamond Ray of Disappearance"

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This piece of background artwork from the He-Man episode "Diamond Ray of Disappearance" showcases an artist's ability to create beautiful alien worlds. This area, outside of Castle Grayskull, features the twisted trees and alien landscape that we would come to strongly associate with the planet of Eternia.


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14 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 14

"The Curse of the Spellstone" layout artwork

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Here we see a piece of layout artwork from the He-Man episode "The Curse of the Spellstone" featuring He-Man dueling with Skeletor. This is one of two pieces of layout artwork. The first features the characters in held positions, squaring up to one another; and this, the second piece, shows the action which is to take place during the scene. The layout artist on this occasion chooses to illustrate some very on-model versions of both He-Man and Skeletor.


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13 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 13

Glimmer concept illustration

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This illustration shows one of the numerous designs conceptualized for Glimmer for the She-Ra series. At this point in the design process you can see that she bears a great deal of resemblance to her final character model. You can also see from this piece that the artist is still referencing the jewel in the palm of her hand, something that was abandoned by the final character model.


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12 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 12

Granamyr ("The Dragon's Gift") model sheet

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This is one of the earliest finalized character models of Granamyr from the He-Man episode "The Dragon's Gift". This model sheet is unique in that it shows the aged dragon standing upright, a position Granamyr rarely ever assumed in the series. Another of Granamyr's model sheets shows his ability to fly (explaining that his wings actually expand), while another shows his height comparison to He-Man.


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11 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 11

Background line art from PP041 "Glimmer's Story"

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Although the line art is quite fine, this background illustration from the She-Ra episode "Glimmer's Story" beautifully showcases the female statue located in Castle Bright Moon that hold the Moonstone in its hands. Once again, as a testament to the creative minds at Filmation, the script merely called for a simple pedestal on which to house the Moonstone. The artist thought this statue would make more of an impact than a simple pedestal. And rightly so!


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10 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 10

"Happy Birthday Roboto" layout artwork

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Here we see a prime example of how the layout artwork was illustrated to both guide and influence the animators when they came to work on their particular scenes. This illustration of Orko and the robot that guards Man-At-Arms' laboratory from the He-Man episode "Happy Birthday Roboto" focuses on just how frustrated Orko is with the situation. Although the animation in the episode is more in-keeping with the style of the show, the layout artist illustrates the kind of comedy animation they would like to see utilized in the scene.


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09 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 9

Attak Trak ("Evilseed") model sheet by Fred Carrillo

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

For many fans of the Masters of the Universe toyline, the Attak Trak's appearance in the cartoon was confusing. However, in the He-Man episode "Evilseed" we finally see the toy accurate (though color-inaccurate) version of the Attak Trak make an appearance. This illustration by Fred Carrillo shows the other artists and animators how He-Man should pilot the vehicle.


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08 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 8

Leech concept illustration by Charles Zembillas

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Charles Zembillas was one of the primary character designers on the She-Ra series. Here we see one of his concept illustrations for the character of Leech. Even though this design sports suction cups (though not as prominent as his final character model) he is of a much heavier build. Interestingly, another illustration by Zembillas has the character with a much slimmer physique. It appears that Filmation settled somewhere in the middle.


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07 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 7

Background line art from MU023 "The Return of Orko's Uncle"

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This background illustration of Spydra's castle from the He-Man episode "The Return of Orko's Uncle" shows the creative minds of those that worked at Filmation. When creating a background for the He-Man or She-Ra series, the artists would often have to create some of the weirdest locations ever seen. In this case the artist had to design a castle with a spider-like motif, hence the castle has large leg-like structures protruding from each side, while the main tower is the spider's body.


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06 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 6

"The Shadow of Skeletor" layout artwork

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This quite literally striking piece of layout artwork shows a great deal of action taking place. In this piece we see Man-E-Faces, disguised as Beast Man, zapped by Skeletor. The beauty of layout artwork is that you often see a variety of styles. Some artists enjoyed illustrating with pencil, and some with colored pencil, as is the case with this piece.


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05 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 5

Bow concept illustration

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Here is an incredibly unique take on Bow during the development of his character design for the She-Ra series. In this illustration, aside from the archery aspect, there is little to tie this version of Bow to the final character model.


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04 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 4

Queen Balina ("A Tale of Two Cities") model sheet

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This character model turnaround showcases the finalized design for the curvaceous Queen Balina from the He-Man episode "A Tale of Two Cities". The unique aspect of this model sheet is that the artist has added two additional views of the character; one looking down on the character, and the other looking up.


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03 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 3

Background line art from MU006 "Teela's Quest"

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Here is a heavily rendered background of the Crystal Sea from the He-Man episode "Teela's Quest". This line art would eventually be xeroxed and placed on top of the painted background. Not all of the background line art in the series is as strong as this, which is ironic, as numerous artists at Filmation wanted the backgrounds of the Crystal Sea to be devoid of the black outlines.


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02 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 2

"Colossor Awakes" layout artwork by Bob Kline

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

Bob Kline had worked on numerous Filmation projects prior to He-Man. Although he only briefly worked on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, his layout artwork for the episode "Colossor Awakes" (as seen here) is incredibly striking. One only has to watch the episode to see how his influence resulted in a deviation from the stock system, as well as the animators attempting to mimic his artistic style.


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01 February 2013

FILMATION FEBRUARY - DAY: 1

Queen Angella concept illustration

Throughout this month The Power and The Honor Foundation in conjunction with The He-Man and She-Ra Blog will be showcasing never-before-seen Filmation production artwork.

This illustration shows one of the numerous designs conceptualized for Queen Angella for the She-Ra series. Even though this design bears little resemblance to the final character model, certain motifs from this design were carried over.


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