Rare HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE And SHE-RA Art Sees The Light Of Day
Artists, Errol McCarthy and Charles Zembillas, have uploaded their rare He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power artwork online. Hit the jump to check them out!
In 1981 Errol (McCarthy) was brought onto the Masters of the Universe brand as a freelance artist by his friend Mark Taylor. His ability to produce a great deal of work in a short space of time resulted in him working at Mattel for many years. One of Errol’s most iconic illustrations was that of Castle Grayskull. The image was reused time and time again, and can be seen incorporated on numerous other MOTU illustrations, where Errol simply photocopied and pasted the castle in the backgrounds. In order to maintain the house style that Mattel were often aiming for Errol would utilize Fred Carrillo’s drawings of He-Man’s head on his own submissions. This way he knew that he would not be asked to redraw the face of the most powerful man in the universe!
The Power and The Honor Foundation is proud to house high quality scans featuring all of Errol’s artwork. Within Errol’s portfolio are the original cardback illustrations for the Powers of Grayskull line. Not only are He-Ro and Eldor included, but also a plethora of unnamed figures which took the parts reuse concept to an entirely different level!. At some point the Foundation will share all of these wonderful pieces with you!
DESCRIPTIONS OF IMAGES
1. Skeletor card back illustration
2. Faker card back illustration
3. Extendar card back illustration
4. The good guys group shot - From the style guide
5. He-Ro - From the Style Guide
6. Man-E-Faces - From the Style Guide
7. The Evil Horde - From the Style Guide
8. Battle for the Crystal mini-comic Cover
9. Fisto vs. Jitsu - Illustration for Bates Nightwear, printed on fabric
10. A rare illustration for Bates Nightwear, with movie He-Man
First Drawing of She-Ra Princess of Power
"The Power and the Honor Foundation has been collecting art from that time as well. They surprised me last year in 2012 when they sent a copy of this drawing to me that I forgot I did. It's the very first drawing of She-Ra from when we were developing the series in 1984. You can see how worn it is along the edges from years of handling."
- Charles Zembillas
Early He-Man - Dragon Concepts
"This is one of the very first production drawings from He-Man. I did it in either very late 1982 or very early 1983. I'm not sure which year so I'll go with the earlier date. My assignment was to come up with concept designs for dragons that He-Man could fight or that could be turned into individual characters. I thought I'd be efficient so I sketched a composition in which many dragons would be featured and any one of which could be further developed. I had a little fun and placed He-Man in an impossible situation." - Charles Zembillas
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