Been a while, so... Nothing new for those of you who watch my dA pages, but... The rest of you deserve pain also!
I think these are rather good, don't put yourself down!
If I have some comments, I'd say the biggest issue is to mind the proportions - Bumblebee's head/hands come to mind there, they look a bit off. There's also a noticable wobble in some of the lines (though I don't like mechanical lines myself so not sure what to suggest).
I like the Ratchet/Bumblebee picture the best, mostly becuase it's more dynamic. To me personally, a piece of art is always nicer when it is telling a story or showing us something. That is why I tend to dislike most of the Dreamwave pinups - sure they look nice but at the end of the day they're just a character crouching, repeat a hundred times.
With Scattershot for example - why are you drawing him? What's going on in the picture besides a picture of Scattershot? It looks like you were going for something by making him look at something off-page, but what?
I can't find his website at the moment, but I love Jackpot's art: www.tfw2005.com/transformers-images/fan-art/tags/Jackpot He's got a really good grasp of dynamic art - even if there's just one character in a piece, there's still a lot going on over and above that character just posing and I do think it's definately something you could do!
Of course the above opinions are from someone who can't draw to save his life! Overall I'm impressed, don't be too hard on yourself!
Well, the Scattershot one is easy to explain, at least.
Recently, the porprtions in my art have been getting abit skewiff. Gorilla style arms and whatnot, so I wanted to try doing something that was just to get the scale issues sorted. The forced perspective is an easy cheat on that, as the arms are supposed to be longer that way... heh, me am sneaky.
I guess I just got a little carried away in adding a background... there really wasn't any intention to put that there when I started.
I see what you mean about there not being too much going on with him. He is very static. I guess thats the next stage of my development, then... Every image tells a story! It seems appropriate, as I was kinda harping on about that earlier in the week, trying to explain that a good comic shouldn't really need words to express what is going on generally.
I am still kinda chuffed with that Ratchet/BB peice. Not often I draw two people together who look like they're supposed to be part of the same image. For some reason, Ratchet's shoulders bother me, though.
And as for Rung, maybe thats what he looked like before he got his face mushed in that brawl?
Also, Alex Milne was not amused when I described his Rung's face as 'scary'...
Drift. Really not a fan of Alex's design on this guy, but there was thought he may turn up in a future project so, I had a go at making it acceptable to me.
Didn't quite work.
That head jut looks wrong on that body, I feel, and it doesn't help I've put it a bit too far back.
But why the bubble thighs? WHY? And just what the hell is he supposed to transform into? And given that they're trying to find the denizens of Crystal City, why hasn't he gone back to that body (which was a perfectly good Cybertronian form, given that we've seen Crystal City 'bots on Cybertron already) instead of this stupid thing?
Figured I'd rectify my early attempt at Rung, and get it right this time! Not happy with his eyes, but what can you do?
Waoh, these are bigger on here than I thought.
Anyway, I'm least happy overall with the Thunderwing one, because it looks too much like I just copied a Geoff Senior panel. At least the rest are beginning to carry a stamp that looks like, for want of a better phrase, "my style", distinct from most others. And that's pretty good, I feel.
Fantastic stuff there. I do like the Prime Wheeljack - you've managed to give him that "grim set to his jaw" look, not bad on a 'bot who doesn't actually have a jaw.... The Thunderclash is absolutely cracking as well.
They are all good, but those two really stand out for me.
Okay guys, something new that I'm working on. These things are all playing card sized.
All based on EJ Su's designs around the "-ations" run at the moment.
Little scrappy at the moment, as the glossy card is damn hard to remove even soft pencil lines from! Hoping I'l get better at them as I practice...
I was thinking of trying to sell them at about a pound a pop, but a trial run on the ebay has yielded little interest, so I was wondering if any of you fellas had any advice?
(SUBTLE PLUG)I am hoping to start taking commissions as well these days, so if any of you would like some sort of arty thing done (doesn't have to be small cards or giant robots), hit me up. (SUBTLE PLUG ENDS)
Selling stuff cheap is good for impulse buys, but on ebay where you have postage on top, it's less good (and then ebay fees and paypal fees...). It might be worth making some for Auto Assembly, or maybe taking commissions for them? Perhaps you could concentrate on characters who are represented by voice actors there, so people could get some original art signed?