Optimus Prime sketches: 3/3/2010

This is the two-page sketchbook spread I did at lunch today; I’m continuing to work on Optimus Prime from IDW’s ongoing Transformers comic series. The one on the left was done first and is pretty bad. The head is huge, the arms are too short and since I drew everything else so big I ran out of room for the legs. I gave up on it pretty quickly. The second one is better; head proportions are better, the chest and lower torso seem to work better, too. The arms aren’t good (too short, again), and the legs feel a little stumpy. But it’s a marked improvement over the first attempt, I think.

As I was about halfway through the second sketch, the parallels between the character designs in this book and Gundam became more blatantly clear to me. The basic skeleton and the elbow and knee joints have so many similarities to Gundam mecha that my next step in working on these should’ve been obvious to me a few days ago – drawing the posed, armor-free skeleton of my Master Grade Nu-Gundam model kit. That should provide the perfect base, from a structural perspective, for continuing to learn how to draw these damn things. I just have to dig that mother out of the basement tonight…

This makes me wish like hell that I still had my Perfect Grade RX-178 MkII

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