January brings yet another "Under the Influence" show thrown by the fine folks at Gallery1988 . This time, the subject matter a ton of amazing artists will pay tribute to is He-Man and The Masters of the Universe! I had a lot to draw on for this one cuz frankly, He-Man - along with Transformers, G.I.Joe, and Robotech, ruled my childhood. My room was filled with these crazy action figures. I never had the fortune to get a hold of that badass playset known as Castle Greyskull, but we did have Battlecat, the 2nd best thing about that toy series! By far, he was the fiercest looking character and I knew I had to do my own interpretation of that ferocious feline when it came to my piece.
I know what you're saying, "That poster looks absolutely NOTHING like your other stuff! What the heck happened????" Well, that "flat, simplified" look that came from working on 'The Incredibles' poster series & that I've used a lot over the past few years didn't quite seem fitting on this occasion. The 1st thing that came to mind when I decided on Battlecat was the idea that he looked like a samurai warrior with that head dress and armor. I ran with it and gave it the whole traditional Japanese scroll treatment. Instead of blocky shapes, I broke out a brush and some ink. It was quite liberating not having to vectorize this time and I hope it doesn't completely disappoint those who prefer the style I usually do. Don't panic, I'm pretty sure you're see more of the 'flat' stuff down the road.
For those of you who might actually dig this one, the show starts on Friday, January 8th til the 29th. The dimensions are 14" wide by 30" tall and it's a lithograph printed on some pretty thick, textured paper. It's a signed and numbered edition of 123. I believe it also goes on sale online after the opening. By the power of Greyskull!!!!