It may look ridiculous, but this is how I keep notes on art. But, it's pretty effective for me. I must have sketched out the Alpha Trion and Micronus in early 2010 - on my own, after I learned Takara was going to do them - but the idea stuck with me for almost four years, before I got around to it.
And I forgot that I promised to post the 'notes' for Nexus Prime. Well, there it is...wanting to showcase the alt forms, though they would be alien versions.
Incredibly sloppy and simple, but it works for me.
Alpha Trion and Micronus Pencils - NOT actually in the Covenant of Primus
Again, this is just my personal interpretation of the characters I did NOT get to do - I did nearly all, and it's bugged me that I didn't get to complete the set. I'm sure some completionist collectors can relate.
And this isn't a dig at the Takara designs, they did a wonderful job, and their work is the official versions of these characters.
It took me nearly 4 years to get around to drawing them, let's see how long it takes for me to render them out like the rest...
Now I'll start posting the pencil art for the Primes, but I'm going to start with something a little unexpected. I've mentioned before that I was originally slated to do all 13, but Takara stepped in and claimed Micronus and Alpha Trion. When I found out the Primes were finally being published, I went back and dug up the rough thumbnail sketches I had going before the characters got canceled, and decided to finish the design drawings. Which, honestly was just a human-esque figure in a circle. The Alpha Trion doodle was pretty much a rough sketch of the G1 animation model, to get the shapes right before drawing the new details.
Here is a close-up of MY UNOFFICIAL version of Micronus, about 2x the size of the actual drawing. I imagined he would have the ability to scale the way the first movie's All Spark was able to fold in on itself.
Tomorrow I'll post the complete drawing of Micronus and Alpha Trion.
Several hundred meters out, the noses of the warships peeled back and spat forth thousands of terrifying shark-like robots bristling with weapons and oversized razor sharp dorsal fins. Both Decepticons and Autobot stared in amazement at the sheer number of new arrivals. To Kup, Bumblebee, and Rodimus the new robots looked very familiar. But they couldn’t quite remember where they’d seen them…
A hatch opened on the bow of the flagship and a huge blue-green behemoth emerged. A king-sized version of his Sharkticon army, the newcomer wore a scaled cape and giant squid-shaped battle-helm, and carried a titanic trident. The tentacles that draped down his chest and back might have been extra armor, but they writhed like snakes and could probably lash out like them too. Sharp jagged-edge fins protruded all along the creature’s back, forearms, and calves. He handed his trident to two members of his honor guard—for that was how many it took just to hold it up—whereupon three more of them placed a giant conch-like object into his open palm. He held the device to his mouth, began to speak throug hit. A monstrous voice boomed and echoed over the sea.
"You have the honor of hearing the voice of Lord General Tyrannicon, the First of the Many. As Supreme Commander of the Aquatronian Defense Force, I hereby place you under arrest in the name of Quintesson Imperium. Surrender now or prepare to be utterly destroyed." As if to drive his point home, thousands of Sharkticons began gnashing their teeth and thrashing their powerful tails. But an undaunted Megatron stepped forward and waved his fist at Tyrannicon.
"Who dares speak to Megatron that way? I'll tear you limb from”—Optimus grabbed Megatron’s shoulder and pulled him back. Megatron shoved him away.
"Get your hands off me, librarian!"
"Megatron, there's no way we can win this one. You have to stand down."
“I never stand down.”
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Transformers: Art of Prime
Jim Sorenson (w) • Various (a)
Explore the rich world of Transformers Prime! Loaded with character animation models, concept art, interviews with the creators and more, Transformers: The Art of Prime provides and unprecedented look behind the scenes of bringing the TF movie universe to the small screen. Jim Sorenson (Transformers The Ark, Transformers AllSpark Almanac) brings this deep, vivid world into focus!
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Remember the thrill of tearing open a gift on Christmas morning, discovering a brand-new Transformer in a shiny new box? While the toys were amazing in their own right, what made the packages stand head-and-shoulders above the myriad competing action figures on shelves was the stunning box art. Transformers: Legacy collects hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers. Hasbro, Takara, and private collectors opened their archives, yielding an unparalled level of quality. Essays and interviews from the original illustrators give unprecedented insight into the process behind the art. This book is chock-full of extras, including never-before-seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more.
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