Because my drawing and painting time has become somewhat limited since I became a mother, I was looking for ways to be able to put something nice on paper, but in less time. My Eighties Icon chibis were born. My series started with the Princess of Power, my She-Ra chibi.
Back to the eighties with my She-Ra chibi
Where nowadays I'm often horrified with the lifeless cartoons that pass on the screen, I used to be stuck to the television back in the eighties. Back then there was no dubbing, and kids learned the basics of English by watching Sky Channel. Great shows were the Fun Factory and the DJ Cat Show. The best cartoon series were shown here. Transformers and He-Man were those typical 'boys series'. But for girls She-Ra the Princess of Power was brought to life. "By the power of Greyskull" is fixed in my brain.
A She-Ra chibi I thought was a great character to start with.
What is a chibi?
Chibi is the Japanese word for small child or short person.
It's a way of making characters look cute, with their big heads and small bodies.
That was exactly what I wanted for my Eighties Icons. During our holiday I had the opportunity of putting some of my ideas on paper. My She-Ra chibi came to life. With her big eyes and innocent gaze she's holding her sword in a way showing she has no idea what to do with it.
Rainbow Brite and Jem and the Holograms
My She-Ra chibi drawing made me crave more. So I continued my series of chibis illustrations with Rainbow Brite and Jem, of Jem and the Holograms. Another two of my favorite tv series. Especially Jem is one I remember well. When I was little I wanted to be her. The striking alter ego of the demure Jerica. What girl doesn't want to be someone else now and then?
But there is more! Next to my She-Ra chibi, Rainbow Brite and Jem, I created more chibis based on eighties characters. But more on them in my next post!