Transformers: The Covenant of Primus - Ken Christiansen Personal Sketches
Monday, February 17th, 2014 11:06am CSTCategories: People News, Collectables, Book News
Posted by: Va'al Views: 42,389
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.
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
This article was last modified on Monday, February 17th, 2014 7:20pm CST
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Posted by Mkall on February 17th, 2014 @ 11:15am CST
It would be awesome.
Posted by gantzrunner on February 17th, 2014 @ 6:02pm CST
Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2014 @ 10:59am CST
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...
Posted by Sabrblade on February 27th, 2014 @ 11:04am CST
Posted by Dead Metal on March 15th, 2014 @ 10:48am CDT
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?
Posted by El Duque on July 8th, 2014 @ 1:23pm CDT
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Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on July 8th, 2014 @ 2:10pm CDT
Wow. I really love this design. It's intimidating and very evil looking. (The monster-in-your-closet evil.)
Posted by Gallifreyan Autobot on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:17pm CDT
Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:20pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on July 8th, 2014 @ 3:23pm CDT
It wasn't scrapped. It got published in the pop up book and in the Covenant book.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
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.
Posted by Optimizzy on July 9th, 2014 @ 10:53am CDT
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Posted by Skywarp64 on July 9th, 2014 @ 6:25pm CDT
But apart from that, this is really cool.
Posted by Sabrblade on July 9th, 2014 @ 6:38pm CDT
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.)?
Posted by Dead Metal on July 10th, 2014 @ 5:21pm CDT
I like this design, if it where updated to be more in the TF Prime style it would be amazing.