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    MOTUC Visions: Illumina

    I have a long list of sketches I want to do, some are long due (I made a few promises)
    But I decided to quickly take a shot at Illumina because of the resurrected talks about her on the forum
    But, the real reason is also to allow me to start talking more about figures design, and more specifically, to take a look at what means to retro-style a 200x design to vintage/MOTUC.

    When translating a 200x design, just applying the same costume and elements to the MOTUC bodies may not be enough.
    Some shapes and design choices simply don't fit a style form the eighties unless you chose to ignore the design evolution and keep shapes vocabulary to what designer used to do back then.
    So, the challenge is to take all the design elements and dicard all the extra ones that would have never appeared in vintage figure and "downgrade" the others.
    I't really a rather interesting process, and I hope this will sparkle some discussion. Maybe next time we can take a look at Count Marzo and analyze him from this point of view.
    In the meantime, enjoy Illumina as a MOTUC figure!
    (I'm posting also her original design so you can compare the differences)

    EDIT: a note about tooling and paintings.
    The new molds required for this figure are only 5: Head, Dress piece, Cape, Neckband, weapon.
    Also, obviuosly the colors wouldn't be grey.
    She is supposed to be moslty white, but also with different shades of white, silvers and more bright reflective colors.
    Think about MOTUC Prince Adam shirt and wristbands for example.
    Something that is very hard to do on a quick rendering like this.



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    This is great. It is a noticeable albeit subtle compromise between the 200x design and if the character had existed in the eighties.
    Thanks for sharing. I would definitely love to see the "Classics" version find her way into the line someday. She would be a welcome addition.
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    Emiliano,

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    Very cool! Interesting to see another Emiliano original as always!

    For the design, I love it except for one thing. That "cup" style bra that I assume is supposed to be metal-like looks off. It's a bit too different in color to the rest of her outfit, which makes your eyes automatically migrate to her... uh... chest rather than say, her face.

    Apart from that, it does look cool. I like how it's subtly different from Teela and Evil-Lyn's "dresses"

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    I love it! Just wondering what made you remove her sleeves though? I think they help make her design a little more different from ELyn and Teela. Also are her hands white because she's wearing gloves?

    I LOVE what you did to her weapon! The jewel and power sword shout out in it is awesome!

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    Looks amazing! I think it's a great interpretation. I do wonder if the arms could still be white. But everything else is a clever re-use of existing parts. I don't mind the leg armor being dropped as all the important bits are there to retain the overall feel of the outfit.

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    There is no other way to put it other than simply beautiful!
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    I love your work, Emiliano, and I love Illumina!

    Interesting choices here. I'm surprised about her bare arms. I would have expected her to have sleeves in the 80s, and show more skin in 200X. I like how you flattened her main skirt/flap as a way to devolve the design, although I liked it more with a point as that resembled the shape of the standard loin cloth. I am so sorry that Classics now has to have bland hair, but I think you adapted Illumina to the new look very nicely(ie no She-ra curls that could be confused with "hyper anime detail" even though she had it in the 80's style guide). I especially like that you didn't go overboard with the simplified details. She still has the cat head in there and some of the flower petal decoration as well. Her weapon might be a little big for Classics though. It'd probably be more like a double-ended version of the Randor/Whiplash spear, wouldn't it? The reuse of Teela arms and legs is spot on!

    Minor quibbles aside, this is an excellent illustration of how Illumina can work in Classics. Any chance we can see her cat (and learn the feline's name too)?
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    Some days I just think I should stop buying MOTUC figures and spend my money on commissioned art of MOTU characters. This is feeling like one of those days. To summarize, this is awesome!
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    Wow fantastic work Emil!! I love it!
    I made the arms white in PShop and I think the blue arms actually break up the whiteness of the whole figure quite nicely.
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    Excellent work! it is truly a piece of art. With so many good depictions of Illumina I have to make a custom of her....

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    great work emiliano (as always, as well), i was looking forward to see
    new stuff like this!

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    I love it!!!! Now I get why all of MOTU fandom is disappointed that we will likely not be getting her in MOTUC's!! She would make for an absolutely killer figure!!!! Great work Emiliano! You ROCK

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    Hey oh Emiliano!

    EDIT: a note about tooling and paintings.
    The new molds required for this figure are only 5: Head, Dress piece, Cape, Neckband, weapon.
    Also, obviuosly the colors wouldn't be grey.
    She is supposed to be moslty white, but also with different shades of white, silvers and more bright reflective colors.
    Think about MOTUC Prince Adam shirt and wristbands for example.
    Something that is very hard to do on a quick rendering like this.
    Relax, the white is readily identifiable! you have do a great job with:

    thats a good MotUC Art


    butt she is too different from the 1rst picture!!!
    oICEMANo have right - the arms mus looks white.
    We wan't a Teela or Evil-Lyn clone - we want Illumina
    The Hair can made like She-Ra (do not think i don't like the version of the MOTUC-Hair from your concept; really i like it too!!!)

    And darkspecter have shown a important point "the breast"
    I think the half part look is better as the full version - that give a more different look of armour i love on Illumina.

    i think you mastered the final look of her weapon (in the MOTUC Concept)

    I would have taken over the 200x Kniepads and would have left between them the pelt. I can understand why you have taken Teela's legs.

    I have edit you picture and recolored, what are you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ²He-Ro View Post
    Hey oh Emiliano!
    Relax, the white is readily identifiable! you have do a greate job with:
    The first image is drawn by Enza Fontana and colored by Jeremy Roberts

    butt she is too different from the 1rst picture!!!
    Hum , that was the point

    We wan't a Teela or Evil-Lyn clone - we want Illumina
    From her creator's mouth: she was thought to be retool of 200x Teela, so at the same way, she should be done using MOTUC Teela molds, to make her possible

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    yeah that pic is mean!! Makes me want the figure NOW!!

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    You 2 guy post so fast - i hope you have see my Edit of you picture.

    The first image is drawn by Enza Fontana and colored by Jeremy Roberts
    You are right! but a great job is a great job

    Hum , that was the point
    From her creator's mouth: she was thought to be retool of 200x Teela, so at the same way, she should be done using MOTUC Teela molds, to make her possible
    Why not! On my edited art i have made the tabard smaller like the picture of Enza Fontana and Jeremy Roberts.
    But why have you the tabard not ended angular like this concept:

    The diamonds i have made purple i liked more, but you have take red.
    Red is the perfect contrast of her blue body. i can imagem a red and a purple diamond stone.

    can you paint the knife she have under her cape?

    PS: i hope you made more MotUC-Arts! (i love you folder / album )

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    Cool artwork.
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    I want this figure. Amazeballs!

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    Emiliano,
    She looks great, I would love to see her in MOTUC.
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    I'd hope she would have a longer cape than She-Ra's. Her high collar seems like it would interfere with the She-Ra cape too. But in the end, I'd just like to get her as a figure. I didn't think Goddess looked quite right either, but I was glad to get her (less glad she breaks so easily of course).

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    The recent Illumina talk made me look this up. Still love this interpretation of the 200X design for Classics...

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    She looks great and i like the sleeveless arms on the first picture, the all in white version looks cool but it´s to much white if you ask me and since she is blue skinned i would like to see that a bit more than at face and decolté.

    I really like the high collar on her but than i fear her hair would be a problem maybe a pony tail could fix that problem since MOTUC Teela has the shorter hair again maybe now Illumina could get the long pony tail, since there aren´t that many female characters with a pony tail except Catra.

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