I've been saying for quite some time now that i've been working on some big personal pieces, and finally I have one to show the world, without further ado I present the 'I Heart He-man' giclee print.
I have a mantra when it comes to creating my personal works; "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!"... something that this illustration probably lives up to.
This image is the first in a planned set of prints I've been working on around my regular editorial work, which seeks to celebrate the action figure/toylines of my childhood, this series I have aptly monikered the 'toybox' series.
This first one as is evident is a celebration of Mattel's He-man & the Masters of the Universe action figure line that ran from 1981 to 1990.
My main goal was to show every one of the 6" figures along with I believe every weapon/accessory that came packaged with them... if i'm missing anything or anyone, i'm sure fans out there will let me know, although i've been pretty diligent and more than a little obsessive in my research and drawing.
I did have to set myself a few guidelines however, so unfortunately there was no room for creatures and the oversized stuff, the biggest omission was Battle Cat/Cringer, unfortunately if I added him, then i'd have to include all the others, such as Strider etc... which due to scale reasons would detract from the 6" figures which are the main focus.
This series is probably the largest scale i've ever drawn, which I mean not only in terms of detail and scope, but literally as each of these measures in at an exhausting A2 size (so that's 420mm width by 594mm height, or 16.5 inches by 23.4 inches) above is a photo of me holding the print.
If you are a massive He-man fan, a toy collector, have a man cave that needs something colorful on the wall, or are like myself and just loves nostalgic 80's things, and you'd like a copy of this print then get in touch.
The print comes in two sizes:
A2 (420mm w by 594mm h) £80 including delivery.
A3 (297mm w by 420mm h) £50 including delivery.
The print comes as a giclee print on thick fine art paper, in other words pretty much the best money can buy right now, all print enquiries can be made via email, see the address on the headline banner at the top of this page.
On the very top image you'll notice a copyright stamp that attributes the illustration to me, unfortunately i've had to do this, as has previously been stated on prior posts, some of my more popular works have a tendency to go walkabout online, it leads to images being misappropriated, and because of the orphaned works act that was brought in with regards to online imagery, people think they can use my work as and how they want... well you can't.
By all means put up this image up on facebook, pinterest, twitter and various other social media and websites, in fact I encourage online promotion of this blog and my work in general, but please always credit me and this blog as the the source point for this work, what I don't like is people passing the work off as something they created or own, also let's face it by crediting me, it allows other people to get in touch should they want to own a print of the image.
Anyway not to dwell on negatives, now as I was saying this is one of a series, so if people out there have their own ideas about what toy line they'd like to see immortalized then by all means feel free to leave a comment below with your suggestion, and if I like it, then maybe it will make the series.
Next up on the drawing board Star Wars & M.U.S.C.L.E!