Devastator Vs. Omega Supreme Box Art Style - By Original G1 Box Artist Mark Watts

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Tony_Bacala, May 24, 2020.

  1. Tony_Bacala

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    Wanted to share since he sent this through. I think it's pretty cool, super duper OG Box Art vibe. Worthy of a plug for sure!

    www.markwattsstudios.com


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  2. artiepants

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    My favorite thing is how he accurately represented the articulation of the figures :lolol 
     
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    Why can’t this guy do the box art for the recent Earthrise figures?
     
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    This is amazing!
    I hope to see more from him!

    I have a couple art books with the original G1 toy box art in all its glory.
    I never get tired of looking at 'em.
    Mark Watts, you're a legend.
     
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    Love Devastator's hollow hand.
     
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    What an awesome surprise, good to see he's still got it. :D 
     
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    I'd rather not. While I do like the 1980s Transformers box art, this is on the bad side of the 1980s style Transformers box art, of which they definitely were some. The bad art of these were from 1989 onwards, although the U.S. Action Master artwork is okay, the Overlord artwork is very good and the Japanese art from 1989 onwards is kind of like the classic art but has a Japanese feel towards it.

    Botch the Crab - Back of the Box Art

    The best box art has got to be from 1988. Its just perfect. I love that classic Masterforce art, even though I never heard of Masterforce until many years later. 1985 is also amazing artwork which is just the most quintessential artwork of what 1980s Transformers should look like. That Grimlock in the foreground is perfect, but some of the background characters are not as well drawn.

    I've checked his site, and I see some artwork that he has done that I do like. Were there different artists that did the artwork? I see several distinctive styles in the link above.

    Check the old box artwork again. Did he draw this Devastator too?

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    omega supreme got some major fetal alcohol syndrome going on huh
     
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    He is a very talented artist. But I am not a fan of the characters looking like childrens toys in artwork. Im mean Devy's fists are hollowed out for crying out loud. I would very much like to see his take on animating the toys how Sunbow did. No bricks. Make them look alive. And use his discretion on which toys needed a total anime makover like Ironhide, Blast Off, etc.
     
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    On his page he says he was approached in 1981 to do work on character art for Transformers. I don’t think Hasbro approaches Takara about a deal until the 1983 toyfair, right? Maybe he worked on some of the diaclone art? Maybe he has his timeline wrong. Anyway, I thought that was odd.
     
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    I can't find a suitable book cover for a comparison pic, but the Devastator vs. Omega Supreme artwork reminds me of those old mid 1980s Transformers story books where the artwork was closely based on the toys.

    And you mentioned Ironhide having an anime makeover, this pic right here is the best mix between the toy and cartoon designs. The only change I would want is the detail on the legs to be colored like the stickers were on the toy.
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    As accurate to the toy as this tries to be, it missed the shovel on Scavenger.

    It is quite the odd choice to put one of the guns on the middle of the chest/neck, too
     
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    Its on the right side of Devastator's head on the toy and Mark probably didn't want it to obscure Devastator's face in the image.
     
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    Incredible artwork.
     
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    Devastator's gun is in his right hand, the head-mounted gun is in his left hand. One of the Constructicon guns is on his chest (maybe Hook's gun, in yellow).
     
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    I'm not a huge fan of this art style myself, but I've always had a respect for its honesty, it doesn't make the G1 toys look more proportionate or posable than they actually are "This is what you're getting, no lies, no exaggeration". Unlike the art, I had growing up that showed Armada Prime having knees.
    I think it's only popular among the people who grew up with it and kids are still the main consumers.
     
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    This artwork always gives me the feelz. And, it’s great to see that Mark is aware of how important it is to many of us. In case Mark ever reads this thread, I’d just like to say thanks for being a part of our childhoods!
     
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