So. I was so honored and happy to get the job working on new character designs, that I kind of just took whatever they gave me. But then I got a brave after a little while, and requested *Soundwave, if he hadn’t been taken by someone else yet.
He is my all time favorite Transformer. I lucked out, and got to take a pass at him. I got the assignment, and he was to be explored as a secret government FBI/CIA type SUV, in the style of 24, or a Presidential Caravan. I knew this was coming from his previous incarnation from Animated.
Now that’s about as nondescript as you can get, right? We did explore a little bit of a comm array that would expand when he was transmitting, but it never got fully developed before we moved on to other things.
Transformed! As always, I try to keep as many classic cues in as possible, but there were a few things being asked from Aaron and Eric at Hasbro to try to add, like a movie style head, and there was something with the legs, though in the notes I can’t seem to find any reference, probably was in an email that was deleted long ago.
And because we were kind of whipping through these, I never got to do the back versions, but I had the idea the the tires would push back from the shoulders to have some kind of speaker look, with the doors creating an amphitheater type effect on his back. For maximum bass.
And so that’s it for now. Pre-pre-production conversation starters – and I kind of want to make that point. This is all first look intended work, in no way meant to be the final vision of anything. Conversations in the fan forums; that sucks, that’s awsome, why didn’t we get that, we should have gotten this instead….you’re all right. That’s the point of the whole endeavor, it’s the development process. Putting something up, that folks can discuss, take in that new information, and try again. It’s concept art, not final design.
I wasn’t too excited about the truck mode, but in the growth of development, Soundwave was envisioned as a Drone – and I LOVE that. I wish I thought of it! The Transformers Prime Soundwave is second only to my unconditional love of G1 Soundwave. But, honestly, if they told me to try a Soundwave with a paint can alt mode, I’ll try to make it cool!
*And the micro-minions as well, but they weren’t ready to deal with those guys at that point.
All right, later this week, up goes the development for the Beast Hunters #4 cover. And of course, this is still going on:
If you’re a Facebook user, I invite you to enter into the Like Drive I have going on for the next two weeks, on the Bad Flip Productions page. Participants can win some free art from me; here’s the announcement:
For two weeks, I’ll be running a Like Drive on the Facebook page. It’s been up for two years, and I’ve done NOTHING to promote it, other than letting it exist. Give me a break, I’d much rather being drawing than marketing!
All the rules are posted in the picture, which will be the cover art on the Facebook page for the next two weeks. Recommend the page to five friends, (or you could just share the page on your timeline!) say you did so in the comment section of the above cover photo, and you’re entered!
Here’s a helpful link to get you started!