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The Big O by jasonhohoho The Big O by jasonhohoho
also posted on my sketchblog: [link]

So, the tradition around here is that I draw up a Skeletor or He-Man (or some version thereof), and post it to commemorate the New Year. Well, I wasn't sure which version to go with, and as I sat here looking at the menagerie of action figures on my desk, it occurred to me that the Masters of the Universe Classics version of Orko (character info/figure) would probably be the only figure I would keep if I had to sell off my He-Man collection. This in turn made me realize that Orko is one of my two favorite He-Man characters (the other being the Sorceress). True, Orko was most often relegated to the role of goofy sidekick, but I always thought he looked cool, had a cool species backstory (he's a member of the inherently magical Trollan race from another dimension), and as a character, he always had the potential for more. Anywaysss... here he is.

I threw in some costume elements from the 200x version of Orko, but mostly kept his classic proportions. The big "O" on his chest, while iconic, was always a bit too goofy for me--so I styled it as a circular magical ward. Yes, I know, I'm splitting very nerdy hairs in regards to what's goofy and what isn't. Perhaps most significantly, I changed up his eyes, to give him more of an otherworldly quality. I don't think Orko should ever be played as "dark" or creepy, but giving a character an alien look can add a little edge to him, without changing his personality.

I think this is a huge improvement over my earlier depiction of Orko's lady friend, Dree Elle.

Happy Nerd Year, everyone! (Note: that was intentional, not a typo. You nerds.)
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Aseika Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Orko was my favorite part of he-man cuz sometimes his spells would work.
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jasonhohoho Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional
he's full of potential! :D
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Aseika Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep and thats why I loved him as a character. and the best part was when his full potential would show up.
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Kildiazar Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Oooh! I absolutely love your re-design of Orko! He still has his unique charm (forgive the pun) but he also still looks like he can be taken seriously and kick ass if need be.
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jasonhohoho Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional
thank you very much! your pun is not only forgiven, it's wholeheartedly accepted. :D
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roknese Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
love this version of orko. looks real mean, and i always thought orko was a wonderful character because he looked very scary if you just saw him and didnt know him, but was a very light hearted and endearing fellow.
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jasonhohoho Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional
i think you have described his appeal perfectly.
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Ravyn-Karasu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Holy crap, Orko looks so creepy in this piece. I never really thought of claws before. Although the idea of Orko having cat-like/snake-like eyes is appealing.
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jasonhohoho Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional
thanks, i'm glad you like my additions/modifications!
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axem-ranger-black Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
awsome!
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