MOTU Hybrid Enchantress Concept
Posted in Custom Workstation
Hi all! Got a little project I could use some input on.
As anyone frequenting the Custom Showcase knows, over the last few months, I've been posting a series of custom MOTU figures that I call MOTU Hybrid. They are MOTU figures using the 2002 Four Horsemen sculpts, with MOTUC-style articulation, and the general aesthetic (colors, weapons, ideas) of the original Filmation series. Basically a combination of what I think is the best of all the lines.
Now, since I'm using the 2002 designs, those characters that appeared in that toyline are no problem. However, I tend to hit a snag when I try to update more obscure characters. Case in point:
This is the Enchantress. She appeared in one episode of the original cartoon. Not an important character from a series standpoint, but she had the distinction of being A) the villain who kidnapped Randor's father for decades, and B) a counterpart to the Sorceress, in design if not in outright intention.
So I wanted to update the character for my Hybrid line, since the villain side is, well . . . kind of a sausage fest. Ergo, I wanted to design a cool 2002 look for the character, something similar to the updated Sorceress, but more sinister, someone to be taken seriously rather than ridiculed.
Here's what I came up with:
- This is just a concept sketch, not actual production art. The final piece is going to be a figure, obviously, not a picture, so no shading or depth.
- I haven't finalized her weapon design (or even whether or not she'll have one, the cartoon version didn't) so that's the deal with her staff there, just a placeholder.
- Yes, I know she was originally an owl, the idea was to make her more dangerous and less goofy. Go ahead, look up "scary owl" on Google. Even mad, they just look fluffy and cuddly. It's HARD to make an owl look bad-@$$. I felt a dragon motif would work much better (plus, I don't have any spare bird wings in my fodder bin. Dragon wings, however . . . .) I have included an owl version to make my point.
So, thoughts? Do you folks think this design works? Anything I should change? Should I stick to the owl motif (pic 3), or go with the dragon? Should I change the colors a bit? Should I cover her hair with a full headdress (pic 1), or just have her brown hair flowing out the back (pic 2), as with the original design? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Batman1016
on Saturday, January 28, 2012