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Lion-O - Thundercats pitch Concept by DaveRapoza Lion-O - Thundercats pitch Concept by DaveRapoza

Awhile ago I was asked to create a piece for a Thundercats pitch. They wanted a realistic Lion-O in the traditional cartoon design. Unfortunately the pitch never got picked up and I guess its ok to post this up at this point.

Hope you like it! 

DaveRapoza.com

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:icontelloli:
telloli Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
G R E A T ! ! !
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:iconjrh-design:
jrh-design Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
DUDE, you arethe only guy to ever get the tone/style of the 80s heroes right.
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:iconknightofgames:
KnightOfGames Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
Oh WOW, this is amazing. 
If they ever make a movie, I want him to look just like this.
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:iconr-maze:
R-MAZE Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student
amazing
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:iconoli-runako:
OLI-RUNAKO Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy guacamole now that's a badass Lion-O! Ahh my childhood~ Makes me wanna make Thundercats art now :)
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:iconthor89z:
Thor89z Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
Possibly the best Lion-O I've ever seen!!!
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:iconbodaciousbluedolphin:
BodaciousBlueDolphin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is bitchin'. You just made me relive apart of my child hood, and now I'm introducing my 3-year old to the glory that is Thundercats
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TheDemonskunk Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I like the addition of a cloth to his groin - it looks a lot less like an armored wrestling onesie now.

Shame it never got picked up.
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AspiePie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Het!
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:iconxfan97:
xfan97 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never watched Thundercats but all of this amazing art of the show makes me a fan. Love your X-Men and TMNT series too.
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:iconbellevue-darkknight:
Bellevue-DarkKnight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Brilliant representation of the Lord of the Thundercats.
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:iconbearclaw6783:
Bearclaw6783 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Also I am in the process of redrawing a Lion-O. But I was wondering if I have your permission to blend some of the art from your Lion-O with the concept of the Lion-O I am drawing?
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Bearclaw6783 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work, I have been a Thundercats my fan as well and always draw Lion-O from different aspects of crossing the old with new.
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jrh-design Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Jesus f'ing Perfect! Maybe a little more cat-like in the face...

Why they've not made this movie I have no clue...
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mipatafria Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
😆😤😃😊😄😂😆 my excitement hot away from me.
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:iconsendomaho:
sendomaho Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Love him!!
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:iconshasaria:
Shasaria Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This looks very good! The shading, the style and coloring. Very strong square features. I like! 
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RobertMisirian Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
Were you working on a Thundercats movie that got cancelled? Aww.

Anyway, that looks good. Really honest to the original design and it looks like a good modernization. On a side note, I hear Michael Bay may be directing a Thundercats movie. Here's the link in case you haven't heard: 

www.kdramastars.com/articles/3…
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:iconpiledriverpete:
What a shame... this was definitely taking the design in a better direction than the later cartoon (/anime) did. Great work (as always)!
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:iconpiledriverpete:
PiledriverPete Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
What a shame... this was definitely taking the design in a better direction than the second cartoon (/anime) series did. I bet you wouldn't have replaced Cheetara's athletic physique for larger breasts the way they did, either.
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:iconmallackart:
Mallackart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
AWESOME!!!! (but i think the gauntlet is in the wrong hand lol)
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:iconadmiral-of-dreams:
admiral-of-dreams Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the proportions!
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:iconwallbie:
wallbie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This costume would look awesome on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a Thundercats movie.  Take his charisma from "IF YOU SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN'!" and apply it to "Thunder!  Thunder!!  THUNDER!!  THUNDERCATS, HO!!!" and he'd be the ultimate packaged deal with Lion-O.  Just throwing that out there.

Pity this design didn't get picked up.  
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FairyofThunder22 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I...LOVE IT!
Lion-O's my main TCat! I love him...he's so real-looking! You did an amazing job!
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:iconoicemano:
oICEMANo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love the old gladiatorial feel of this!
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BlueStoneSapphire Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thundercats.............o.o think you can clone him to be real? i promise to take care of him :D
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work :).
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:iconking1cheetah:
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Awesome art pic great show 
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TCRgfx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
God like bro...God like...
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:iconamiah112:
amiah112 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Shame they never pick up the pitch!! Either way this piece of art looks amazing! Love your work!
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/10/d…
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:iconerockbrox:
Erockbrox Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding work! I LOVE your style and realism with your artwork.
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:icongoduvthundr76:
goduvthundr76 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Look's cool. Wish a publisher would put out a new comic series or something. The new cartoon was very short lived.
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:icontedkimart:
TedKimArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! 
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:iconstarsofmars:
StarsofMars Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
awsome loveit 
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Lion-O looks pretty extraordinary here.
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:iconostrersaurus:
ostrersaurus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow!
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:iconincubo13:
incubo13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing!
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:iconmrtristan:
MrTristan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome man! Wish this got picked up
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:iconsilvre:
Silvre Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Totally awesome! I'd love to see the others in this style!
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:iconartfurry:
ArtFurry Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
this is so badass! 
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SnowJones Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sp baddd assssssss
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EthanSaberi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't often favourite things on DA, but I had to here. Amazing work.
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Cloudcracker Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Its a shame that we got Anime, and not this look.  Your rendition is gorgeous.
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:icontechmess:
techmess Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This brings back memories. My childhood! The art looks great. 
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:icontermdyl666:
TERMDYL666 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I just had a nostalgic orgasm. Cool!
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DrFaustus3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
damn. I would love to see a thundercats movie. This is the best rendition of Lion-O. Was there a background to this image? Looks like it was cut from another piece. Still awesome though
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YamaJun-Fan98 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Thundervania! Staring Lion Belmont. :meow:
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:iconfaerietopia:
Faerietopia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
It looks even better than the original one, and kinda hot too. :)
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Dreamgate-Gad Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Epic!!!
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