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Optimus Magnus Reference by AleximusPrime Optimus Magnus Reference by AleximusPrime
HOLY COW THIS TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL!!! :wow:

This is my version of Optimus Magnus [link] if TFA had continued into a fourth season.

His bio is simple: he was the successor of Sentinel who was the successor of Ultra Magnus. Sentinel made amends with Optimus after he returned with a captured Megatron and Ultra Magnus handed Sentinel the Matrix of Leadership on his deathbed. A while later after Megatron was broken out of the stockades, he engaged Sentinel Magnus and Optimus Prime, but Sentinel was eventually killed and the left side of Optimus's entire face was practically cut off from Megatron's swords. Optimus came to his rescue but it was too late, so Sentinel handed him the Matrix of Leadership and Optimus was upgraded into Optimus Magnus and became the new leader of the Autobots. The power of the Matrix also healed his face, but left a small scar under his left optic, so he wears his faceplate nearly at all times.

As you can see I made him very reminiscent of G1 Optimus but kept some Animated elements as well. And I for one am totally pleased with how well I pulled the Animated look off! I had to use a pic of Prime\'s standing pose for the show for reference to get it right, but that\'s ok cuz when you use a pic as reference, your finished product ends up much better than if you just winged it! :nod: I really wanna shoot for making my art this good from now on or at least with pics like this one, I have so much fun making these kinds of pics! :D So let me know what you guys think and enjoy! And I have even more totally awesome ones coming up! :D
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:iconadventuremaker16:
adventuremaker16 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Writer
Personaly i would perfer "Orion Magnus"
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Orion was his YOUNG name therefore that would have the opposite meaning, at least for fans who are in-the-know about these things.
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adventuremaker16 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Writer
But it sounds better
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
not to a transformers fan and I made this for fans.
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adventuremaker16 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Writer
good point, anyway did you see the colors for MP-20 Wheeljack
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OptiMario94 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This Prime looks BADASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
His voice actor if TFA has continued into a fourth season will be Peter Cullen. That will be more BADASS!!!!!!!
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AuraHero7 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I see this, why do I imagine the final battle being like this: Prime and Galvatron have an all out final battle for Cybertron and Earth, this song goes off [link], Prime goes Super Mode to take on Galvatron but Galavatron uses his cannon and the Super mode is blasted off, forcing Prime to just fight with his Axe and his smokestack guns. The final battle between the Autobots and 'Cons rage around them.... hoo man that would be kickass!
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012   General Artist
Wow. Imagine that.
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh?
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RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Great work.
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charactermaker27 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Artist
Cool! But ii still think the idea for a magnus being the leader is a bad idea. Optimus Magnus just isn't very catchy.
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AydinPrower7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   General Artist
Neither is Sentinel Magnus for that matter. :XD:
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charactermaker27 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Artist
amen
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TheblueV3 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY CARP THAT THE MOST FREAKIN COOL TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED CHARA DESGIN EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thanks! :bow:
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Armadria Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very nice backstory! And the concept is just awesome. :D
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Do you think it's a good idea that Sentinel and he made up or should Sentinel not stop being a jerk and try to become Magnus?
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Armadria Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm sure at some point or another they would make up, but still grate on each other's nerves now and again, as all rivals do. If Sentinel did become Magnus, it would most likely start off rocky, but hey, he might actually be able to pull it off for a while if he shapes up.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a plan to make him apologize to Optimus and then when UM dies he becomes the Magnus, but after Megatron escapes from the stockade, he comes back with an upgrade and engages Sentinel killing him in the process who then hands the Matrix to Optimus...
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is nice but Sentinel became Magnus. c:
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If there were a season 4 that is, but I don't think it would have lasted that long. Sentinel being Magnus I mean.
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmm, according to the Almanac he lasted the entire season as Magnus because Optimus went to Earth. He can't very well run Cybertron on a different planet. lol
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I guess I still have yet to read that part...
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's in there. Along with a sketch of Sentinel wearing the Magnus helm. c:
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I saw the sketch...
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought he looked kind of ridiculously hilarious but still awesome. lol
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Starshot-seeker Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow! he looks very awesome! nice work on him :D
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thanks! I love how it turned out, and I'm glad I can pull off TFA designs good now! :D
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Starshot-seeker Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^^

and yeah, that's great because at least for me hehe TFA style and designs are harder sometimes to do, but yours really look like an official stuff :nod:
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tehKOREANdude Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
First off, I do really love the background stories you add to these guys!

On to the art...
The design itself is very nicely done. The subtle changes aren't at all overwhelming. Instead they very subtly evoke a G1 feeling. These association with G1 make us think of the leader that is G1 Prime, making the design feel a lot more bold and powerful. The added smokestacks and hip wheels give him a good bulk.

I really liked how you changed the helmet. It incorporates the look of Animated Ultra Magnus, while also reflecting G1 Prime. Maybe you can thinnen the head a little bit?

While we're in the upper body neighborhood, I noticed that some of your models don't incorporate necks into the designs. They're usually hiding a bit behind the head. Necks really give the look of height and thus stature. That would really help make this model especially pop.

I really like the way that the Elite Guard symbol was incorporated into the design.

The only two things that I really have something to say about are these:

1. The blue is very rich here. A lot of Animated models, moreso the Earth characters, have slightly faded or grayed colors. You'll note that the original Optimus model has an almost light blue fade. Assuming you're working with a program like Flash or Paint, hit "edit colors" or click on the color wheel, and drag the blue downward towards the grayish area. You'll get a more realistic look from this.

2. Something about perfectly vertical or horizontal lines get to me. It just seems a little bit unreal to have something perfectly flat like that. Try curving the lines! Or, in the case of the axe (which is quite awesome), make the lines not parallel. By making them non-parallel lines, you add dimension, as if the axe is being held close or away from the viewer.

Other than that, nicely done, and I look forward to your Prowl design!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I thought we could go with some G1ish goodness! :nod:

The only problem I have with the Elite Guard symbol is that it takes up too much space down there for the windshield. Of course someday I should probably show what his vehicle mode looks like anyhow...

Well, the neck would be visible if it weren't for the lower bulk on the helmet and I was following the boxart of the original Prime as reference and his head isn't suspended to high above his upper body. But I coulda made the head a bit thinner, you're right.

About the greyish blue: I was actually gonna put in some of that or at least a light blue for the reflecting parts, I notice they do that on the boxart a lot.

Yes, that axe was kinda sloppily done actually. I just copied one half of each blade and then copied one whole side of the axe and put them together and made the handle completely horizontal. I was too lazy to make it more dimensional and was afraid it would come off as asymmetrical with the axe head part. But I'll try harder next time with that.

But thanks once again for the constructive criticism, it helps! :D
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SharkNinjaBlueStar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
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:iconcryingbear4plz::iconcryingbear5plz::iconcryingbear6plz:
:iconcryingbear7plz::iconcryingbear8plz::iconcryingbear9plz: its beautiful....<3
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: HA! What a classical reaction! :rofl:
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SharkNinjaBlueStar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
^^; I try, man, I try...
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
But it means you're pleased so I am happy! :hug:
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SharkNinjaBlueStar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
:icontuzkiyesplz: yeeesssss.....
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Firefly7727 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist
That is a really interesting concept... So intense. haha. I like it. Good job! :D
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :bow:
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Firefly7727 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist
Your welcome. :)
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hypractiv-dragonridr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
i like this one a lot :D fear the awesomeness!!!!!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, thanks! I even fear it! :3
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Alexa-TFfan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Ok... eeehm.... my first reaction for this was :rofl:

I'm sorry, this just made me laugh, cuz Optimus looks really funny when he's Magnus :XD:

But it's pretty work! :clap:
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
But....he's the leader now, just like he should be!! Jk Thanks! :)
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Alexa-TFfan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Yeah, I know... ;)

And you're welcome! :D
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MaximusRevolver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet he sounds like Peter Cullen now, too :D!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that! When Megatron cut his face, it affected his speech, and when the Matrix healed it, he got a lower voice so now he sounds like Cullen. :nod:
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Miapet Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
very niiice. D:

I like it a lot!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Wait till you see Ironhide! :D
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Miapet Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
:la:
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TheGameCraze Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you made optimus look BA in this picture! Awesome!
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