Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process

Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process

Monday, September 15th, 2014 5:45am CDT

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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.


Transformers News: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process


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.


Transformers News: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process


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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.


Transformers News: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process

Credit(s): Sarah Stone


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Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1606450)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 15th, 2014 @ 6:48am CDT
It is my desire to attain that level of skill one day.
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (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! ;)
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1606715)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on September 16th, 2014 @ 10:12am CDT
The part I find so novel, is that in the preview at least, Rung (Rewind's Rung), whom has been established to be one of the most important secondary Characters in the current IDW mythos; dies in a way so pointless and meaningless that it's genuinely funny that it can even condensed into a throw away line.
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1606721)
Posted by Flashwave on September 16th, 2014 @ 10:27am CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:The part I find so novel, is that in the preview at least, Rung (Rewind's Rung), whom has been established to be one of the most important secondary Characters in the current IDW mythos; dies in a way so pointless and meaningless that it's genuinely funny that it can even condensed into a throw away line.

That 's probably a reference to his always being in the background of major incidents.
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1606817)
Posted by Neurie on September 16th, 2014 @ 5:38pm CDT
That ending and coda, so touching yet so deliciously sinister.

I wonder if Hasbro will be adding a new feature to that toy.
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1606820)
Posted by Va'al on September 16th, 2014 @ 5:42pm CDT
Neurie wrote:That ending and coda, so touching yet so deliciously sinister.

I wonder if Hasbro will be adding a new feature to that toy.


I doubt it, but that doesn't mean it won't sell like even hotter cakes now! :D
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1607039)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on September 17th, 2014 @ 3:30pm CDT
Wow. Just wow.

So if Brainstorm is the Decepticon mole, did the DJD kill him, or was he offed by an Autobot? Because if he's a traitor, I get it. But if he's not, did he just somehow end up as collatteral?
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1607084)
Posted by chaosmage42 on September 17th, 2014 @ 6:34pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Wow. Just wow.

So if Brainstorm is the Decepticon mole, did the DJD kill him, or was he offed by an Autobot? Because if he's a traitor, I get it. But if he's not, did he just somehow end up as collatteral?

my theory is that it might be something far more devious i think that the brainstorm we are seeing right now isn't the brainstorm we know i think its a case there being 2 of them or if i dare hope its a case of body jacking -maybe this brainstorm is a head master and the reason we see him doing this is another headmaster has jacked his body. i just don't buy that the brainstorm is evil -at least not totally -it also is possible that he in't a member and that the plate is related to something else -like he joined when it first started but he got out but the brand on his face plate couldn't come off or he keeps it to remind him of something we don't know yet
Re: Sarah Stone's IDW Transformers MTMTE #33 Cover Creation Process (1607085)
Posted by prjkt on September 17th, 2014 @ 6:34pm CDT
Interesting twist.... Opens up a whole lot of questions though

On another note, looks like we're getting a Legends Brawn outnofmthe swerve/gears mould if that bar scene is anything to go by

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