‘He-Man’ Layouts and Storyboards Harness the Power of Grayskull For Awesomeness
Outside of sitting down to watch the ludicrous He-Man/She-Ra Christmas Special a few weeks ago, I'll admit that I'm not all that familiar with the world of Masters of the Universe, but after seeing Robert Lamb's collection of production art from the series, I want to be:
The image above comes from a collection of background layouts that Lamb, a writer and storyboard artists who worked for Filmation during He-Man's original run -- literally pulled out of a dumpster after Filmation had thrown them away. And it's a good thing he did, too, because the pieces he's rescued, combined with his own work, make a truly amazing example of the art of animation.
Check out our favorite pieces from Lamb's site after the jump!
Concept Art: In addition to rescuing the background layouts from the trash can, Lamb also has concept designs for the environments of the show by design team leader Lorenzo Martinez, though unfortunately, as Lamb says, "I lost the Snake Mountain cutaway which annoys me no end. "
Personally, I love the automatic loophole he's given for continuity errors, in that "actual sizes vary due to the magical nature of Greyskull."
Storyboards: Lamb's site isn't just full of other people's work, though. He also has storyboards he created for the show, shown side-by-side with frames from the actual finished episodes, so viewers can see exactly how things evolved and changed (often due to budgetary restrictions) for the final product. Plus, you get the awesome hand-drawn headers for each storyboard:
They're all pretty great, but my favorite is this one, in which Cringer and Prince Adam end up in a pose that was changed for the final version for what Lamb refers to as "obvious reasons."
Lamb has much, much more at his website, including commentary on all the art and memories that are well worth reading for anyone interested in animation, even if you're not a big MOTU fan.