The Power of Prime
For many years I have been associated with Transformers. I illustrated the UK comics back in the late 80's, illustrated the Marvel US comic book in the early 90's and more recently concluded the original 'G1' Storyline for current publisher, IDW. The long time association with Transformers has also taken me all over the world to many Comic Book conventions. The long term fascination that the audience has with these characters is fascinating. After all these years I feel that they represent something beyond just the visual spectacle of seeing two robots slugging it out. they represent the longing that we all have to be be able to 'transform'. Ok, not into vehicles and jets but rather in our lives and our experience of life. To be able to be someone. To be someone who can deal powerfully with the challenges that life sometimes throws at us.
For me, the character who best represents all of those qualities is Optimus Prime. His now legendary saying 'Freedom is the right of all sentient beings' has rung across three decades and still acts as a call to action. An invitation to be all we can be.
Of all the many images I have drawn of this iconic character it is the one featured here that is not only my favourite, but the one that seems to ring true for fans and collectors. It encapsulates the strength of character but also - standing among those powerful pine trees - it demonstrates the connection to a towering, majestic and natural strength.
The piece was used as a cover on the Transformers comic book and appeared in colour. The print offered for sale here is black and white. I chose to do this piece in a style akin to that of the famous magazine illustrator, Franklin Booth. I have always been fascinated by his use of line, and for that reason have chosen to present it in its original line state without the distraction of added colour.