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Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches

Transformers News: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches

Monday, February 17th, 2014 11:06AM CST

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The impressive Aligned continuity wrapping book Transformers: The Covenant of Primus may have come out a while back, but Ken Christiansen, one of the artists in it, has seized the opportunity to share some of the unused sketches in preparation for the publication. Check out the first one, and Ken's explanation, below: it's a pre-Takara Micronus!

PLEASE NOTE: These are not pieces of commissioned work by Hasbro - they are Ken's own interpretation of characters he did not design for the book. Effectively fan art, but from a professional artist.

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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.
Credit(s): Ken Christiansen
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Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches (1551559)
Posted by Mkall on February 17th, 2014 @ 11:15am CST
When I recoup some money from my recent house purchase, one of the things I want to do is to commission someone to make me a poster of all 13 Primes.

It would be awesome.
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Posted by gantzrunner on February 17th, 2014 @ 6:02pm CST
I would love to be considered for that commissio, sounds like a good challenge! I'm in the process of updating my deviantart. http://gantzrunner.deviantart.com/ , should be some newer stuff on there soon
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Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2014 @ 10:59am CST
A while back, we posted some unofficial personal sketches by Ken Christiansen, one of the artists on the Covenant of Primus. With a couple of days between then and now, see below for some more work by Ken, this time with his own personal notes on Nexus Prime and final pencilwork for both Micronus Prime and Alpha Trion. Check out his Facebook page for your chance to own one of the original pieces, too!

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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.


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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...
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches (1553910)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 27th, 2014 @ 11:04am CST
Seems the TCC version of Nexus Prime was originally going to have a bigger influence in design of the Aligned version of Nexus Prime than the final design ended up having.
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Posted by Dead Metal on March 15th, 2014 @ 10:48am CDT
So I've all but given up on this book. I just can't be bothered to continue reading it, so far the onyl thing it managed to do was ruin Aligned for me.
Until this book came out it seemed like Aligned had this amazing mythos full of mystery and secrets with a good combination of sci-fi and fantasy.

Now it's just full of shit.

Everyone we know from Prime has been around since pretty much day one, which renders the whole research Shockwave did on the Predacons utterly pointless.
Everything significant and insignificant about Cybertron and the Transformers was done by someone we all know. Seriously, we needed an explanation for the stupid "markings" on Cybertron, and it's Perceptor who's responsible?
What's the point behind calling Ratchet an old bot when he came to Iacon when Orion Pax is much older than him? On top of that Orion Pax has constantly been referred to as "a young" bot/ archivist in all the Aligned media before he became Prime, but now he's suddenly the oldest living thing on Cybertron?

What's the point behind constantly talking about how live on Cybertron evolved and stuff died out? I mean the book makes it very clear how Evolution did not happen on Cybertron. Everything came out of Cybertron's vagina I mean well of allsparks, and when something died it was immediately replaced by another one, as evidenced by Predaking's first arrival and killing something. That's not how evolution works.
And if that's how life on Cybertron works, why did the Predacons ever go extinct? Shouldn't the well have just replaced them with copies the moment they snuffed it?

So what happened to the "Ancients" that are brought up in Prime and FOC? They're referred to as a mysterious ancient forgotten civilization who went exploring and conquering, an entire level of FOC is set in one of their ruins, in fact the whole plot of FOC couldn't have worked without them. But here they never existed since the current civilization is still the first civilization full of the same people as ever.

And what's that with Liege Maximo? In the episode the Prime's grave is well-known and Megatron rips his arm off, in the book AT states they hid the corpse and kept it a secret so nobody would worship him or something, and Megatron found it by accident. And somehow knew it was a Prime although the grave was unmarked?

And this is what I got myself for Christmas?
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches (1588744)
Posted by El Duque on July 8th, 2014 @ 1:23pm CDT
Concept designer and artist Emiliano Santalucia has updated his blog with his character model for Megatron for the Transformers brand bible. The design was referenced for both the The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe and The Covenant of Primus. Check out his design below, you can read a few of his words on the concept by visiting his blog.

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Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches (1588748)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 8th, 2014 @ 1:31pm CDT
Straight from the Binder of Revelation, it's Aligned continuity Megatron in his earliest official design! 8)
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Posted by Wolfguard on July 8th, 2014 @ 1:38pm CDT
Nice. I'd still like the barrel to have a bit more girth to it, but overall, I like it.
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Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on July 8th, 2014 @ 2:10pm CDT
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Wow. I really love this design. It's intimidating and very evil looking. (The monster-in-your-closet evil.) :twisted:
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Posted by Autobot tap out on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:17pm CDT
Must kitbash ....
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Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:20pm CDT
why the hell wasnt that used it looks awesome, i dont understand how that gets scrapped but TFP & bayformer megs get the go ahead
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Posted by Sabrblade on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:23pm CDT
Megatron Wolf wrote:why the hell wasnt that used it looks awesome, i dont understand how that gets scrapped but TFP & bayformer megs get the go ahead
It wasn't scrapped. It got published in the pop up book and in the Covenant book.

As for why it wasn't used, the people behind the shows and games simply had their own designs that they wanted to use instead. This design was just made for a production bible.
Re: Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches (1589079)
Posted by Optimizzy on July 9th, 2014 @ 10:53am CDT
yeah they had their ideas...but man, this one is better. Kinda mixes every megatron into the pot. I like that.
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Posted by PrymeStriker on July 9th, 2014 @ 3:05pm CDT
That face is among the most deplorable things in creation.
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Posted by Skywarp64 on July 9th, 2014 @ 6:25pm CDT
I'm not a fan of the face. Too Bay-ish.

But apart from that, this is really cool.
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Posted by Sabrblade on July 9th, 2014 @ 6:38pm CDT
Well, we do have to consider that this design was made back in 2009, back when the movies were still new and the biggest thing in the brand. So it looks like a lot of inspiration came from mostly the G1 and ROTF designs above all.

Can anyone see any other influences in this design that could have come from other Megatron designs of the time (G2, RiD, Unicron Trilogy, Animated, etc.)?
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Posted by Dead Metal on July 10th, 2014 @ 5:21pm CDT
You can see that it influenced the TFPrime version, look at the shoulders, the head, arms, and the feet.
I like this design, if it where updated to be more in the TF Prime style it would be amazing.
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