01 March 2014

FILMATION ART: Jaws of Darkness staircase.

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 She-Ra episode "The Stone in the Sword". This piece showcases the staircase that leads from the Crystal Castle, through the Jaws of Darkness, all the way down to the Etherian underworld. While the line art on this background is not as detailed as what we have come to expect of Filmation backgrounds, the use of a solitary light source in this piece more than makes up for that fact. At the top of the staircase the light source highlights the texture on the wall on both sides, until the twisting staircase prevents the light source from reaching any further. Another reason to own this background is that it is from an incredibly memorable episode. Plus, this scene featured the comical sight of Adora and Kowl using a shield to descend a flight of stairs!


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

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

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Agreed! This could also pass for a part of Castle Grayskull. I like the two different tones of green between the steps and the walls. :)

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