Not that this is too much of a big reveal, as this image of Prima was published in last years' Transformers : Vault,* and has been scanned and posted across the internets. But now I'm finally able to put it in my portfolio and talk about it a little bit.
This was a fun job! I got to do final concept images for 11 of the 13 Primes, for Hasbro, Inc., creating updated source images.
I know Aaron and Rik (the Hasbro boys) have shown others I had worked on, like Leige Maximo, Vector Prime, etc. at conventions, but as far as I know, this is the only one out there. Anyways, on to the image:
Again, working with Eric Siebenaler, I began a bunch of pencil sketches, but one clearly stood out, and it's basically a rough pencil version of what's above. I themed him in a loose Samurai style, and reversed engineered details from Optimus Prime, to make that visual connection, as a descendant in the Prime Line. He was nicknamed the Warrior of Light, so we went with a really ornate style, with the piped lighting over a quasi-mother of pearl armor. The similar cues from Optimus only number a few, but are pretty overt - the facemask, helmet spikes, split chest 'windows', and I managed to put a G1 cue in there, the two bands over a triangle on the forearm. The sword was a joint design effort, Eric had sketched out the two-bladed idea, with the Matrix in the hilt, so I basically redesigned it to fit the look of the character/armor.
So that's Prima. And this round of Hasbro, Inc. images for Transformers. But that doesn't mean the Hasbro fun is over - next week, concept art for Star Wars Fighter Pods!
*Sorry about the watermarks folks, it's the rules of the game for me to get this stuff on my site.