Adam Ford and others are working on some re-takes of He-Man characters, and they assigned me to re-draw Teela.
First of all, He-Man epitomizes everything I love about having been a kid in the 80's. We really, honestly thought this stuff was awesome. My brother and I watched the show religiously, and I remember the best Christmas when we both got He-Man toys. Of course, I think my older brother always got the good toys---my parents gave him Skeletor and He-Man, but I think I got Prince Adam and Cringer. I think my parents figured they could save a few bucks because I was two years younger and maybe wouldn't notice the difference. It's okay though, I was excited anyway. We even didn't care that they built a Castle Grayskull out of painted plywood instead of buying the real thing.
For all our love of the He-Man universe though, I can't for the life of me remember anything about Teela.
Maybe she was cool, who knows. But since I have no fond memories, I had no inhibitions about making fun of the things that are ridiculous about the way she looks. And that's a lot because this is a cartoon character from the 80's.
The first thing I noticed was, those thighs! Everything about her costume emphasizes the length and girth of her thighs, so that's what I pushed on, mostly. That and her uncomfortably thin 80's waist, the bronze(?) "armor," the fur lined boots, and, of course, that crazy hairdo. Yeah, this was fun.
I may even do another one, if the Guild of He-Man Re-drawers doesn't object.