The big news in animation this week is that She-Ra is being rebooted by Dreamworks. I swear that every artist I follow on social media drew her. So I had to too. Why? Because drawing badass women in power stands is fun! (Check out my Wonder Woman illustration for another good example.) I grew up drawing Dragonball Z characters on all my school books, so bad-ass power poses are just fun to me.
That being said, I honestly have never seen the original She-Ra! But it came out in 1985 and is a cult classic. I actually know next to nothing about the character or the original series. I knew that she had something to do with He-Man and The Masters of the Universe. I only really know about that because I loved Queen as a kid and this song rocked my little kid face. I know it’s technically from Highlander, but they sounded similar and when I looked them up as a youngster, I found out about Masters of the Universe too.
I’m hoping that they drop a trailer about it during San Diego Comic Con this weekend so I know a little more. Heck, I’m looking forward to all sorts of new from SDCC next week. I’ll have to be ready to draw lots and lots of fan art.
Dreamwork’s new design has her with a much more sturdy upper body than the original barbie-esque design. I can’t help but think of the Saiyan armor from Dragon Ball Z when I see those pauldrons though. Apparently, and not surprisingly, people are freaking out about the new design. But that’s all par for the course when you’re rebooting.
I added a little more definition to the original design, since unlike animators, I don’t have to draw this design thousands of times so it doesn’t have to be as streamlined. I could only imagine the nightmare that animating high detail hair and musculature is. Stuff like that is why I’m not an animator.
A few of the comp sketches for She-Ra. I always wanted the top-down dramatic perspective look. But the angle was a hassle to get right for me.