This is a trading card I did for the Mystical Warriors of the Ring
, a line of 1 1/2" wrestling figures by Fantastic Plastic Toys
. It's in the same vein as great mini-figure toylines like MUSCLE, OMFG, and Monster In My Pocket, and I really dig the character designs. This piece features Leo Corazon, a lion wrestler who I imagine as being the hero of the line.
I've always thought that roaring lions are incredibly dynamic and awesome, with all those snarly wrinkles and nasty fangs, so I had to take that direction with Leo here. I also thought it would be cool to show his hands as more like lion paws with those little pads on the fingertips. I think it makes the character seem more animalistic.
For the pose, I used a Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man for reference. It's a really useful figure for working out some interesting and dynamic poses for comic-style artwork like this.
For more about the Mystical Warriors of the Ring and its toyline, check this out:[link]