2D Artwork: Redesigned: Optimus and friends

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  1. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP AKA Beve Stuscemi

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    So I've been doing some thinking recently. Some of the most fun I've ever had artistically was making some designs for something which eventually gave way to a text story about robots who's lives never go according to plan. However, the aesthetic I originally did them in was a sort of traditional look mixed with movie/Prime complexity and liberties. An aesthetic I've since grown tired of.

    I'm always seeking to improve, and one night I came up with a transformation scheme. An actual transformation scheme. Now i've resolved to redesign all the major players to actually operate in the real world, and with a bit of artistic flare borrowed from your usual giant robot styles and some animation-style lines, I present the new and (IMO) very much improved Optimus in all his immature yet convicted and noble-hearted glory.

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    I plan to do the other characters within the coming weeks, starting with the psuedo-sophisticated galactic ruler-in-training Megatron.
     

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  2. Stonecrusher

    Stonecrusher jerk to storytelling

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    Oooooo, me likey.
     
  3. Josh

    Josh Comic Color-guy

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    looks pretty cool!

    you already know im a big fan of the machine wars influence here >:}
     
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    You're right, Split Lip, this is a dramatic improvement. His proportions are much better, not so blocky, and I can see sort of how he transforms into vehicle form. That was a very clever idea using the towtruck's windows for his abomen and its roof for his chest (nice Machine Wars reference, by the way). I also love his head design: it's very well done, and it captures the general Optimus persona, along with your version's attitude.

    Excellent work, ma'am (you are a ma'am, right? I remember for a while you were calling yourself a woman, but now your profile says you're a man).
     
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    Josh Comic Color-guy

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    [teehee] :3
     
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    Loved the first thread, love this. Can't wait to see Shockwave and Botanica.
     
  7. Wars

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    God damn it, that new style is beautiful! Can't wait to see the others!
     
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    TylerMirage I vawnt my berdt.

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    That design.
    Those other designs in the other links.
    Those designs. HHNGNGNNGHHHHH...

    I could've sworn I had pants on when I clicked on this thread. But now... I'm okay with this.
     
  9. moreprimeland

    moreprimeland Optimus told me to do it! Moderator

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    Wow!! This design requires a minute or two to fully appreciate it. I like these changes.

    NICE WORK!!! :thumb 
     
  10. SPLIT LIP

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    Thanks for all the comments. Especially you, Josh! Means a lot coming from my favourite colourist.

    Megatron... pffft, he presented a unique challenge I did not foresee when I came up with the idea to redesign. Like a lot of my characters he's based off of Machine Wars Megatron. The problem he had was I originally envisioned his transformation scheme as being just a really complex version of the typical jetformer. So simplifying it basically meant he was a typical jetformer. I say nay-nay. So with a bit of artistic flare and some ideas borrwoed from HFTD Terradive (such as the wings folding up onto the legs to keep that streamlined look) and a few extra joints here and there to allow the chest to be less jet-nosecone-on-belly here is the aspiring self-cultured Decepticon tyrant!

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    Unlike Optimus who kept his basic head design, Megatron got his noggin slimmed down a bit to better match his more lean appearence. Also I ditched the claw fingers because they looked out of place on this cleaner, more athletic build.

    I usually like to go 'Bot, 'Con, 'Bot, 'Con, so I think I'll try Ironhide next.
     

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    love these designs :D 
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Ømnidrive Stop.....think......fart.....and keep on going

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    So AMAZING
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    Wow, these are FABULOUS!!!
     
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    That Megatron is absolutely gorgeous.
     
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    Yes, it is. He's a lot leaner than most Megatrons, which is fitting, since your version of him isn't the hulking juggernaut that other continuities have - he's just another Cybertronian, albeit with ambition.
     
  17. kaijuguy19

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    So far these are pretty impressive designs mate. :)  Optimus looks a little like TFA Sentinel Prime and Megatron actually reminds me of TFP Dreadwing in a way. Have you consider pitching your story to Hasbro and the Hub once Prime's over? It could make for a good show.

    BTW what program are you using for your pics?
     
  18. SPLIT LIP

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    Heh, usually people say he looks like Magnus.

    Macromedia Flash. High-class MS Paint. I like to splurge and use gimp sometimes.
     
  19. Josh

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    Kewllllll

    Totally digging these :) 
     
  20. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Optimus looks good but I'm still kind of iffy on Megatron. It's just to me he looks too skinny and not bulky enough.

    But yeah I wish I could actually design my own Transformers. I wish i had some artistic talent. You can do it very well.
     

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