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Optimus Prime vs. Megatron by emmshin Optimus Prime vs. Megatron by emmshin
Grudge Match: Optimus Prime versus Megatron 
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While this is a well known and frequently covered duel between these two fictional characters, you've truly made this composition dramatic, desperate and energetic with your drawing. I can feel the kinetic impact of the action and each subject looks intense within the scene. Your proportions are excellent as is the depth of each character from foreground into the background. This is an amazing composition that achieves exactly what it should with style and detail.

One of the few problems I have with this expert piece is the focus the scene places upon Megatron's mouth and the fact that this robot has teeth. This isn't necessarily a problem with your work, perhaps more the anthropomorphic (technopomorphic?) nature of the Transformers themselves. Only other thing I can criticize is Prime's "abs" don't quite seem to work. But again, even with the modern mechanical designs allowing for much more naturalistic articulation, sometimes the traditional art still depicts some limbs as "bending solids" which has always bothered me about 1970s to 1980s robotic art and anime.

Lastly, I have to comment on the accomplished coloring. The colors and shading are what caught my eye about this piece from the beginning and I must say it is some of the best of this style I've ever seen. The subjects are colored perfectly for robots and feel metallic in the best possible way. The volumetric effect achieved with your colors are amazing and each part is interesting to look at on it's own. Then taken as a whole, the effect is striking. I hope to one day be able to color and shade line art as good as your work.
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Vision: A classic battle. Megatron VS Optimus Prime is like Venom VS Spiderman. When both individuals enter the room, stuff is going to break until one remains standing and the other lays dead...Unless the losing one gets away. It appears that Optimus is winning at this point, and while that is a way of doing it, I personally think it would have been a lot more powerful if their was not so clear who was winning. Maybe if Megatron and Optimus were locked in an even struggle or their weapons were clashing. However, I can see this as a metaphor that "goodness and justice will always triumph over evil and tyranny." So for what is here, the vision is powerful and clear while still open to interpretation.

Originality: Well...To be honest, the concept is not very original. It's Transformers fan art and it depicts the eternal struggle of Optimus Prime and Megatron, so as for any original ideas, there is not much going for it. Original techniques; now that's a little different.

Technique: This is where the picture shines. The attention to detail is amazing. Individual lines show the depth, colors, shading, and depth of every aspect. One aspect I find interesting is how Megatron's lip almost seems to be bending in an organic fashion, bending instead of breaking like typical metal while his face is being squeezed by Optimus Prime. And the depth of the picture is amazing. The robots look big and feel big, especially with how they are fighting. Optimus looks like he just shoved Megatron's face down to throw off his aim with the cannon on Megatron's arm. I interpret this because of how I see purple smoke coming from the barrel of Megatron's gun. The colors are both vibrant and gritty at the same time. The brick red given to Optimus's armor was a neat touch to give the robots a sense of realism, especially in times of war. Robots like Optimus, who are in constant battle, would not have polished red armor. It would be dirty or dull from aging and constant fighting. This would be G1 style with a little hint of Prime updating. They look just like they do in the G1 show, but have that realistic approach to their armor that Transformers Prime gave them. It's a neat blend. The shadowing effects...fantastic. I'd like to point out Megatron again for this example. I look at the energon mace he is wielding and I am certain that the bits of his armor that are lit up are from that. His white armor has slight tints of yellow where the light hits him, and it is most intense in both brightness and yellow shading on the mace arm, dulling as it gets further away. Excellent attention to detail on that. Also, the textures. I look at these and ask, "Do they look like they're made of metal?" The answer is a well-deserved "yes!" But it is not shiny metal, which also fits in with the constant fighting. It looks old and maybe a little rusted or worn down. But that just adds more to the characters, showing just how long they've been in conflict. Also, the joints in Optimus's fingers, stomach grill, Megatron's elbows, and Optimus's shoulders give them that blocky, metallic appearance that a robot might have. The technique and style used here was overall spectacular.

Impact: And this is where my other thoughts come in. As a Transformers fan, this picture may have lacked in the originality department in terms of concept, but the themes portrayed (that I interpret) and drawing style definitely make this a fine piece of fan art for Transformers. Again, Megatron and Optimus Prime is just one of those fights that will never end as long as one or the other exists in the universe. It's a sad realization that in order for ANY form of peace to be attained, whether it be Autobot Liberty or Decepticon Supremacy, one of these two will have to die and the survivor would serve as a rallying point to forge a future for the Cybertronian race. There is just no coexisting for Megatron and Optimus Prime. So the idea has been done again and again, but it is how it gets portrayed that either hooks me or loses me. And here, the image is a powerful representation of that struggle with the idea that good will triumph in the end. That's just how I like to see it anyway.
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dbzfan2003 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
can optimus prime beat the legendary super saiyan son goku
dbzfan2003 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
so cool
Skysprinter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
Optimus Prime(Armada) attacks icon: Give me your face! 
gordhanx Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
One shall rise, one shall fall!! Awesome work, on this classic rivalry. The shading and detailing are fantastic, the backgrounds are really good and the overall mood, is intense. Fantastic work on this man.
KillerTeddyBear94 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy carp! this is amazing! i just love how much action there is :D
Varia31 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Top notch work! Looks like it's been a pretty grueling battle!
Treyarch-2014 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
YEAH!!! Way to go Optimus! And take that Megatron!!
FellitoRockero Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Blitzy-Blitzwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy scarp!! The coloring is absolutely gorgeous!!! Excellent work on the perspective and posing.
Phenometron Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Megatron just got owned. >)
WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
This should be a poster.
spiketail94 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BlackImpulse Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
He's going to take his face!
metalhead2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Awesome, like really Awesome.. and classic.
emmshin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thank you very much metal head! :)
belgerles Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
ok, I've been a fan since you're first piece in BA, but this has to be you're best one so far... Perspective... Impact... overall all technique... Absolutely my favourite piece to date by you.  One look here and I knew it was a done deal to whoever you were facing. 
emmshin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thank you very much bro!
I really appreciate it!
DragonRex1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Megatron's face must be cut off... no matter the cost!
francogarcia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Instantly one of my faves! Awesome *emmshin !
atram95 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Is a true Masterpiece!!
mea00 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work!
KazahsKorner Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like it was ripped straight from a comic book. Amazing job.
Bombadere Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic. ..
cerebraleye Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Classic action! really nice work!
V1EWT1FUL Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall
heatburnman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
liquid2042 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very Nice, wish I would've had time to finish my piece but work got in the way as it so often has. I bow indefinitely, well executed, nicely colored. We will have to do this again sometime.
bulletproofturtleman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
utria Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well done!
shadowdotm Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
TheGreatGod Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
OptiMario94 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Badass art!
hellbat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Wicked! Megatron seems to have torn his top lip.
JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing like some 1980's Transformers!!
Daxxnitro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student
Ha-HeePrime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is GORGEOUS work. Love the action and perspective, and your colors are wonderful. Thanks so much for making and sharing this artwork!
Windam Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Norm86 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Well when this goes to the voting stage I know which one I'm voting for. 
elecktrum Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is just awesome.
cynderprime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im in love with this all the detail's and everything its just so perfect
CRISTIAN-SANTOS Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional
am gonna go ahead and say this piece is incapable of losing..killed it!
Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Great looking piece. :)
LukeDenby Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
have yet to see who you are battling but pretty safe to assume this one wins. Robots can be a huge pain but you did a great job making them work without being to stiff.
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
impressive battle here. good detail and poses.
dreno360 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
daMN... you broke my internet ...
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