A small sketch of Jazz, one of my favourite Autobots. Inspired by IDW’s Optimus Prime #8. Specifically, the part where Sofia ‘betrays’ him.
And here is the gif showing the major steps in the creation of this little piece:
I’ve been rereading IDW’s Transformers comics, and I came to the realisation that All Hail Megatron is the last story in which Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker were actually on the same side, fighting together. For some reason this realisation inspired this painting; a ‘one last group shot’ of the three, before the takeover of New York starts.
When I recorded my process for creating these ‘crispy’ style illustrations previously of Celegrom and Huan, I showed a certain way of texturing, using seamless patterns. At the time I also mentioned that there’s another way of texturing, by using images, rather than patterns. I’ve been asked on numerous occasions, if I could create another video showing texturing done with images.
Knowing that this painting will require a lot of texturing in the environment, and knowing that this would all involve images, rather than tiling patterns, I’ve decided to record the whole process of this piece, from sketch to final stroke.
I created a total of 5 videos.
The first one, is a short ‘summary’ video showing snippets of every stage in the span of less than 3 minutes. You can watch the summary video here:
The other 4 videos are more in-depth and show each stage from start to finish, though all of the videos are timelapse and none are longer than 7 minutes.
The first of these videos is about creating a clean sketch from a rough draft in Manga Studio 5:
Another Transformers toy review, and again from Master Mind Creations.
Cynicus is based on Vos, another member of the Decepticon Justice Devision, from IDW’s More Than Meets the Eye/Lost Light comic book series.
Vos is a creepy little con, who transformers into an awesome sniper-rifle, speaks only in Primal Vernacular and having a habit —or rather, hobby— of making others ‘wear his face’.
In his rifle mode he is mostly wielded by other members of the DJD, but there is one panel showing him wielded by Megatron himself at some point during the war.
As with all of their toys, MasterMind Creations have done an outstanding job on Cynicus! Beautiful detailing, great paint job, fun transformation and, above all, faithful representation of the comic book character.
One thing stands out about this character far above all other Transformers toys that I possess: it is, by far, the most posable TF toy I’ve ever come across. It’s mind blowing how many poses I could achieve with it, and how easy it is to pose him. But I am getting ahead of myself.
As with Tarn, he comes packaged in a lovely box, containing a short comic doubling as an instruction booklet, as well as, a collector’s card.
My first contact with Transformers was in the 1980’s through the UK Marvel comics, followed by the cartoon aired on Sky One. I knew then that I’ve found a story and characters I’d love for life. Through the years I watched all the cartoons and read the multiple comic book iterations, but none (including Marvel) have ever come close to the masterpiece that is IDW’s take on Transformers.
IDW’s Transformers has a fantastic plot, fabulous characters, great humour and gorgeous art.
One of their original characters that immediately jumped out at me was Tarn, leader of the Deception Justice Division (DJD).
He is featured most proeminently in the More than Meets the Eye series, which now is retitled as Lost Light.
Sadly, or perhaps thankfully, Hasbro doesn’t pay much attention to the Lost Light crew, and thus, there are few toys available that are based off of this comic book series. Thankfully, this gap is being filled by the third-party manufacturers, like MasterMind Creations who created this absolutely gorgeous figure of Kultur (aka. IDW’s Tarn):
Kultur comes in a deceptively small box. This is due to the fact that he is shipped in his vehicle mode, which is more compact than his considerably larger robot mode.
Some time ago I stumbled upon a website, called RedBubble, that —among other things— print custom artworks on T-shirts. Their t-shirts are of really lovely quality and the printing on the fabric is sharp, clear and lasts long with the proper care during washing.
Thus, a few weeks ago, I started work on a couple of designs of my own for printing with RedBubble. Using their guidelines I created the following three designs:
Two of the designs are of Transformers Prowl (IDW version) and Soundwave (TF Prime version), as well as a design of the White Walkers from Game of Thrones. I am a great Walker fan and firmly in the camp of the undead. XD
With the designs done, I ordered my t-shirts from RedBubble.
The tees arrived promptly and the printing was fabulous. The colours were 99% accurate to what I was seeing on my screen, which delighted me endlessly. Usually, it’s a bit of a challenge to get the colours right in printing, but not with RedBubble.
Here are a few pictures of the t-shirts: