2D Artwork: Astrotrain: Animated Style concepts

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  1. underwear-ninja

    underwear-ninja Eats Gobots for breakfast

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    Hello everyone. This is something I was working on a week or so ago, and since the holiday's came around I got too side tracked to post it.

    Alot of people that have done Animated style characters seem to take after the namesakes of their previous series- almost too much so (G1 accuracy isn't always a good thing!). I decided to think more of the lines of what might actually work better in the cartoon, and took inspiration from multiple sources much like characters in the show now. When designing Astrotrain here, I thought of a few things

    1: He's a train
    2: He's an -evil- train
    3: Old timey villains liked trains

    With that in mind, I wanted to give him a look akin to those of old timey villains with some heavy inspiration from Dick Dastardly of Whacky Races. The cow catcher beard is something I really adore- the face itself is what I like most. When doing the body, I took some designs from his Henkei toy- primarily the colors. White didn't strike me as villanous enough for this "mad conductor" but the black does. To keep with some of the old-fashioned train aesthetics, I added some little steam pipes to his gun (mainly for looks)

    Overall I'm very satisfied with this myself, but there's still a bit I don't like too much. My main gripe is that I made him -too- lanky, even for the inspiration (plus his toys are super skinny) and so I plan on doing a better-proportioned version.

    As usual, any comments or critique are appreciated as long as done in a well-thought/constructive manner :]
     

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  2. Takeout

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    No offence, but the monocle kinda ruins it.
     
  3. bradforj

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    no........just...no
     
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    works for me
     
  5. Zot

    Zot Just hacked your system.

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    I actually like this differentiation from the original.
    Does give a feel of old-timey big-wheeled bikes and such, and I think it fits his alt mode fine.
    Also, I would just love to see someone in animated yell "Curses! Foiled again!" before running away...and this guy seems to fit that bill perfectly.
     
  6. SPLIT LIP

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    Aside from the moncole he looks pretty cool.

    The monocle makes it look like he's trying too hard to be Blitzwing.
     
  7. transmetal2dinobot

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    lose the monacle, otherwise all good sonny jane
     
  8. Takara_destron

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  9. underwear-ninja

    underwear-ninja Eats Gobots for breakfast

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    Hahah. Okay, to be honest I wasn't sure about the monocole either. Good think (or too bad?) I'm not doing official business here!
     
  10. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    i agree lose the monocle, and shorten the head. then BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. Astrotrain1986

    Astrotrain1986 Triple Changer

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    Aww :3 great job he looks Awesome . Yes Evil xD
     
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    Y'know what? I like the monocle! It really gives him the evil train conductor feeling. And besides, it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if two different bad guy triple changers have a shared feature.
     
  13. underwear-ninja

    underwear-ninja Eats Gobots for breakfast

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    Monocoles are stylishly evil. Its like an eyepatch for the not-so-visually impaired! And yeah, see, some one at least understands why I added the monocole (yeah yeah Dick Dastardly doesn't have one, but he's not the sole inspiration)
     
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    Absolutly, positively wonderful. I like the hat most of all. It almost makes him look friendly, like train engineers of old.
     
  15. underwear-ninja

    underwear-ninja Eats Gobots for breakfast

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    Considering I sorta had some inspiration from Dick Dastardly (look it up, I'm too lazy) he's anything BUT friendly :b
     

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