Baroness was designed by Ron Rudat in 1983. Once Ron and the Product Manager (Kirk Bozigian) had arrived at a design they were happy with, it was time to sell that concept through to senior management. To do so, they created presentation art, a more refined illustration with full rendering and shaded colors. This presentation art was also shown in meetings with costing people, engineering, and even retailers. Early on, Ron created figure presentation art. As the line grew and his responsibilities multiplied this task was assigned to other artists (most notably George Woodbridge and Dave Dorman). The presentation art above was signed and dated 1983 by Ron Rudat.
Figure Sculpture Sheet
Once management had bought into the design, Ron would get back to work creating figure sculpture sheets (also know as control art). These sheets showed views from the front and back and from both sides with the arms removed. Some revisions were still made at this point. Once completed, these sheets were shared with the sculptors that were tasked with creating the figures. There was no precedent at Hasbro for Ron to follow when it came to the figure design process. Ron created the Sculpture Model Sheet shown above on the fly, and it would evolve over the coming years. The figure sculpture sheet above was signed and dated March 8, 1983 by Ron Rudat. He also noted that her hair was detachable.
Ron Rudat (R&D Figure Designer) discusses the inspiration for the Baroness.
Unadorned Package Art
The painting above was created by Coleman, Lipuma, Segal & Morrill, Inc. (CLS&M) with art direction by Ed Morrill and illustration by Hector Garrido. Note the red Cobra logo, which was changed to silver before mass production.