Alex Ross should draw some Transformers for IDW

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  1. One

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    I would like to see how he would imagine Optimus Prime and Megatron, I like his art in Kingdom Come and Marvels and I think it would be cool to see his designs for Transformers in the comics.


    What do you guys think?
     
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    Alex Ross uses models and references for most (if not all) of his art, so I'm guessing any TF art will end up looking like watercolor photos of the toys.
     
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    And the issue they're placed in would be delayed significantly.

    I think he does fantastic work, and I love his covers, but I find his art loses its impact when split into panels and has words added. I also don't think that Transformers would be a great subject for him to cover.
     
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    God yes. The fanboy rage to the designs would be amazing.
     
  5. Jochimus

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    Meh. Ross has already gone on record to say he's not a fan and would likely never do any TF art not just because of the amount of detail that would be involved, but also because he comes from a different generation (this from a WIZARD interview from a while back, IIRC). Given how much of his art tends to reference characters or versions of them that were most prominent in the '60s and '70s - including Ultraman, Battle of the Planets, Super-Grover, not to mention his preference for Supergirl's hot-pants outfit from the '70s and how Batman's armor suits somehow manage to resemble the '60s TV Batmobile - I'd believe it.

    And actually I have no problem with this. Art IMO is not something the TF books have really that big a problem with...
     
  6. KA

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    Uh, no thanks. He'd just model prime after himself n prime would look like tfa sentinel with the big chin.
     
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    I wouldn't want that. Although he's a great artist, I don't fancy the ultra-realistic depictions of superheroes. Kinda robs them of their fantasy setting and outlook. Sorta how I'm used to Harley Quinn lookin' all rad and TAS style, then I see her in a very realistic setting and she just doesn't hit the spot the same way.
     
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    No.
     
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    Alex Ross's art creeps me out. I really don't find it appealing at all. Plus he would probably be a bit pricey for IDW.
     
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    Oh Yesss for the Transformers in that artwork is great.
     
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    I like Ross's style, but I really don't think it would lend itself well to 'mechanical' shapes.
     
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    No he should not. His artwork resonates so well because he finds a way to bring superheroes to a more lifelike, "human" level. (if that makes any sense)

    Unless we're talking about a G1 episode featuring Old Snake, I don't want to see "humanized" Transformers.
     
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    Well he's not a particular favourite of mine, but I think it'd be interesting to see what he'd come up with just the same. I can take it or leave it.

    However I can understand that it might be something that as an artist, he just may not have an affinity for. He grew up with a lot of the characters he does his best work with, so he has an understanding of what made them appeal to him originally. Plus transformers has become quite a specialised genre, that requires a specific skill set.
     
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    I like Alex's art, I like Transformers, and I like the idea of oil-painted Transformer art. I don't mean to downplay Alex's art, but he draws humans and superhumans. I can't remember any drawings of his that showed strong technical design skills, which should not in any way suggest that he isn't the master of oil-painting human models and making them look damn good. An Alex Ross GI Joe comic, for example, would be sublime.

    Besides, I think E.J. Su does a fine job showing us (Photoshop simulated) oil-painted Transformers. Even if you gave EJ real oil paints, I highly doubt oil-painted TF art will look better than this:

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    Same here.

    Word up.
     
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    Yeah, I don't think his art style would lend itself well to Transformers.
     
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    Just having had a look online at some of his stuff because I don't really follow who draws what and a lot of it seems too casual. Even the action poses don't feel like they have any impact. And looking at the group action shots they don't really draw my eye to any one part, with the characters melding into a wishy-washy whole, especially when the piece has an overall lighting colour theme of one or two colours. Not enough focus to a piece where it draws your eye to the important parts and then you take in the surroundings seconds afterwards. Everything hits the eye at the same time, in a muddle.
    Sure he does a nice bit of somewhat realistic people standing looking heroic in soft light, but I can't see how it would translate effectively to Transformer artwork, particularly sequentials.

    The painty TF pic posted above looks okay but it also lacks the kind of impact I think the artist was trying to portay. I think the problem is mostly that these types of painting lack enough darkness to make them 'pop' in contrast in the lighter places and the subjects in them give off a feeling of being in slow motion, which isn't great for conveying action, strength or speed. It's kinda hard to explain.
     
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    Cover? Maybe.

    Whole issue? No thanks.
     
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    Personally, one of the things I was most excited about when IDW secured the rights to create work from the TRANSFORMERS brand was branching out into many different art styles. While I still think IDW does this more than any other company who has handled the TF brand, I'd like to see them do more and more of it.

    I wouldn't be opposed, but it's not like Alex Ross' work is a "must" for me, especially if he has been quoted saying that he's not interested.
     

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