IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art

Friday, September 12th, 2014 5:08pm CDT

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Biding their time before the preview for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 is released in the next couple of days, IDW Publishing have revealed the Sarah Stone variant cover for the issue, as part of the 30th Anniversary series - but, surprise twist, it's a gruesome, fairly recent addition to the canon: DJD leader Tarn literally dripping with energon and glee. Check it out in its gruesome glory below!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone

Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Sarah Stone


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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1605999)
Posted by Shuttershock on September 12th, 2014 @ 6:00pm CDT
Fulcrum: Aaaah! Protect me, chin!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606005)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 12th, 2014 @ 6:36pm CDT
That is one nice cover
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606006)
Posted by Va'al on September 12th, 2014 @ 6:37pm CDT
:lol:
Shuttershock wrote:Fulcrum: Aaaah! Protect me, chin!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606016)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on September 12th, 2014 @ 7:28pm CDT
Sarah Stone impresses yet again. So vibrant! I love how you can see Tarn's grin beneath his mask.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606025)
Posted by sabrigami on September 12th, 2014 @ 8:17pm CDT
Nooooooo! why did this have to be the exclusive cover?! :sad: I am going to have to double dip for this. This cover is fragging amazing and I must own it
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606109)
Posted by dragons on September 13th, 2014 @ 10:18am CDT
Nice cover but face on bottom bot is to smooth looks like giant mecha with human face draw some lines on face make it look like robot I I look at his face I see anime character with pranger if transformer that is not dont have lines on face to make it look more robot looking than human Image
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606437)
Posted by Va'al on September 15th, 2014 @ 5:44am CDT
Addressing the many questions received from fans, IDW Transformers artist Sarah Stone has posted on her Tumblr a step-by-step breakdown of her creative process, specifically about the More than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary cover variant. Find out more here, and check out some mirrored images below!

I get a lot of questions about my process so I thought it’d be cool to break down and talk about some of my steps for illustrating covers! I hope this is helpful or interesting, it’s not quite a tutorial but perhaps it’s a glimpse into my thought process.

Step 1 | Thumbnail. The point here is to do several very fast, small, drawings, so you can’t get hung up on details. Here I’m thinking most about composition and subject. I had four originally and this one was picked to get finished.


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Step 2 | Sketch. I draw on top of my thumbnail, nailing down more of the actual details. I fix any proportion isssues but I still try not to waste too much time making final lines, the sketch will go away in the end, so it just needs to be good enough for me.


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[...]

Stage 9 | Final Lights. I add a harsh white rim light to both of the figures, really pulling them away from the background to finalize the painting.


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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606450)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 15th, 2014 @ 6:48am CDT
It is my desire to attain that level of skill one day.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606463)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on September 15th, 2014 @ 7:57am CDT
The way she phrased her words, it sounds like she's using computer software.

All the same, it takes a lot of skill to render a good drawing even with software; and in some cases, especially with software.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606470)
Posted by sabrigami on September 15th, 2014 @ 8:40am CDT
SKYWARPED_128 wrote:The way she phrased her words, it sounds like she's using computer software.

All the same, it takes a lot of skill to render a good drawing even with software; and in some cases, especially with software.


She does. At TFCon Toronto I heard her say she pretty much does it all, start to finish, digitally. her amount of skill and the energy in her drawings is nothing short of amazing. Even her traditional work is fabulous too!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606523)
Posted by Va'al on September 15th, 2014 @ 2:51pm CDT
Are you ready for another issue of the emotional (quantum) rollercoaster that is IDW Publishing's Transformers: More than Meets the Eye? Check out below this week's comic full (quantum) preview, thanks to comics website Newsarama, and head back to Seibertron.com later for the (quantum) review - and possible spoilers for everything. Quantum.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33: Dawn of the Autobots
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
REVELATIONS! The fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance as MEGATRON races to solve the dark riddle of Sector 113. As unseen forces move in for the kill and old friends reveal their true colors, the AUTOBOTS realize that everything—everything—is a lie. All this...and an open briefcase.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Secrets are revealed!
Questions are answered!
Lives are changed!
30th Anniversary Variant Cover by Sarah Stone!


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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606528)
Posted by Deadput on September 15th, 2014 @ 3:17pm CDT
I think my brain turned into mush trying to understand.


have a headache now.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606530)
Posted by Moody magpie on September 15th, 2014 @ 3:26pm CDT
So that's why the Rodimus in the coffin was missing part of his head!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606541)
Posted by reVelske on September 15th, 2014 @ 4:03pm CDT
It's always fun to watch as speculations from a previous issue proving true!

I'm surprised that they wrote Rung off to simply have died in the explosion rather than have him killed by the Sparkeater as Skids wasn't available to save him, which would make a lot more sense.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606545)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 15th, 2014 @ 4:31pm CDT
Ah so many things falling into place, though think, for that brief moment in time there was two Overlords...looks to be great :D
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606673)
Posted by Va'al on September 16th, 2014 @ 6:07am CDT
Quantum Review
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
REVELATIONS! The fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance as MEGATRON races to solve the dark riddle of Sector 113. As unseen forces move in for the kill and old friends reveal their true colors, the AUTOBOTS realize that everything—everything—is a lie. All this...and an open briefcase.

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Plus a Swerve recap, of course


Story

Death death death death lunch death death afternoon tea death. Pretty much sums up issue 32, the beginning of the Slaughterhouse chapter in More than Meets the Eye, as the DJD are shown - or rather, their aftermath - to make their way through a slightly different Lost Light. With one single, tiny survivor.

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...


Be ready for some explanations that, while making sense even in the non-text world, might take some time to get around in James Roberts' enjoyment of them and the sci-fi genre. At the same time, Nightbeat and, especially, Nautica are still the mouthpieces for exposition, with some nice chemistry between them and with the reader's projection in Getaway and Riptide.

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Doesn't get(away) it


What is also very good to see is a healthy dose of self-criticism, too, as Roberts appears to be aware of potential criticisms from the readership. Mostly humorous, but not only, and scattered throughout the book. And to top it all, we get one of possibly the biggest twists in this series' run so far - and it's pulled off twice!

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Spoilers - have some Ravage


So far, one of my favourite MTMTE resolutions, after the issues I had with the Overlord and Remain in Light sagas - though I still have some concern for the denouement reserved to the Rewind plotline, and I do hope it gets addressed again before we get lost in Elegant Chaos. As something else seems to be set in motion, very briefly, in the epilogues, too..

Art

Alex Milne's might alone was not enough for this issue, as two inkers join the lineart team to provide some delineation to different scenes - and both Brian Shearer and John Wycough work wonderfully with Milne's pencils, giving some particularly amusing facial expressions, some of which yet unseen in Milne's work alone. Especially Riptide.

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Oh, Riptide


What is definitely not unseen, however, is Joana Lafuente's (still) astonishingly good colouring work: from fading to quantum foam, to space, to interiors, different lights, flashbacks, mood settings, the colours really aid the reader in setting further the tone to the scene, if the lines and er.. lines were not enough already.

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I mean, the lighting on that


The letters are once more by Tom B. Long, in a style that I have really come to enjoy, and even though there isn't much in terms of sound effects this time round, the title page and the uses of translucency for certain scenes is just part of the trademark visual quality of this series. Something proven by the variant covers too, from Sarah Stone's to Casey Coller and JP Bove, via the main Milne and Josh Perez haunting Rewind and Nick Roche and Josh Burcham (thumbnail) doing justice to the DJD.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This is a James Roberts Transformers comic script, no doubt about it. There is a lot of unpacking to be done once you read through (and even as you are reading, for that matter), and I'd be curious to see the wordcount for the script before and after the visual rendition - because there are a lot of words in this issue. A lot. And yet some of the better scenes can be completely silent. Especially the sweeter, and the more horrific ones. Be warned.

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Do you?


And that's where the art team come in, from Milne and Lafuente to Wycough and Shearer and cover artists, making everything flow so smoothly you almost forget about the atrocities, quantum mechanics, heart-wrenching tales of survival and general twistedness. Are we back on track, though, if the issue's conclusion is anything to go by? Or are we to face even more horrors on the Lost Light?

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :CON: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606678)
Posted by Va'al on September 16th, 2014 @ 7:00am CDT
Have some pencils, too. :D

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Via Alex Milne.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606711)
Posted by Sagitta on September 16th, 2014 @ 9:46am CDT
And all this because the "Historical Constant" is removed from the picture? Tsk-tsk.

:-?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606712)
Posted by ScottyP on September 16th, 2014 @ 9:51am CDT
It needs to be tomorrow so I can get all spoilery and gushy about this issue. Looking forward to having it on ink and paper!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 30th Anniversary Cover by Sarah Stone, Plus Clean Art (1606713)
Posted by Flashwave on September 16th, 2014 @ 10:09am CDT
ScottyP wrote:It needs to be tomorrow so I can get all spoilery and gushy about this issue. Looking forward to having it on ink and paper!

It needs to be tomorrow so I can READ the flyin' frikker! ;)

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