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DRIFT - early sketches by GuidoGuidi DRIFT - early sketches by GuidoGuidi
Some sketch to show Drift design's development, from the early idea to the final concept.
First sketch was just done without too much thinking and it was quite banal.
After getting more input from Shane McCarthy, I developed it in his final form, which I think was a vast improvement ;)
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tritie Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
the one on the left looks like animated prowl with his samurai armor :)
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Artist
Now that's a custom I'd like to see. A couple of Universe Cheetor's shuriken and it would be pretty cool.
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Darkton93 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One, Poochie needs to be louder, angrier, and have access to a time machine. Two, whenever Poochie's not onscreen, all the other characters should be asking "Where's Poochie"? Three...
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Artist
Not that I don't like a good Simpsons reference, but what?...
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Darkton93 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a reference to how much of a Mary Sue Drift is, just like Poochie.
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Artist
Was, you mean, because of the retconning.
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LemonDefiance Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Gundam much? X3
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micahthomas Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is really good
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Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most excellent! I really can appreciate seeing the early designs and how they evolve to the final form.
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SeekerNami Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first one to the left looked so badass and cute at the same time... but too Super Robo looking for Transformers, hehe. The one in the middle is cute!!

In the end... Drift looked very slim compared to the early designs O_O
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GuidoGuidi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   General Artist
Yes, co-creator Shane McCarthy suggested me to make Drift's body frame more similar to Blurr's, and I think he nailed that.
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SeekerNami Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I figured as much. Ever since I first saw him in AHM I thought he looked a lot like Blurr, but a little more "blocky"... but that resemblance always made me wonder if Drift was also fast in both robot and vehicle mode or just average speed like any regular mech... ^^'
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GuidoGuidi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   General Artist
Yes, he was supposed to be an high-speed 'bot like Blurr - but not at Blurr's levels.
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tommyofshaolin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love the way IDW is writting his history. especially with the secret sect of non-alligned cybertronians. that way he can do things more his own way.
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megasaurian4444 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I agree about sketch 1 being banal. The armor looks bulky and could impair him mor than help him.
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G1d4n Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
non credo che il primo design sia banale. Anzi, molto G1oso, ma riesce ad avere carattere. Occhio: classico e banale sono due cose ben distinte.

Comunque splendido.
L'unica che mi dice di meno la seconda versione.
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z3r0t0lerance Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
awesome final design :D
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Cyber-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work, reminds me very much of G1 Boss
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Drift is Bludgeon's better right?

I love this character I can't wait to see his Spotlight appearence
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nekokatan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
cool WIP
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RaceConvoy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
So do you know if we'll really get a toy of Drift?

Also, which issue will he debut in? Last I heard Josh was on his fourth issue coloring and he still hadn't seen him.
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GuidoGuidi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008   General Artist
Drift will debut on issue #5
A toy? it's quite possible.

Thanks ;)
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wyze2099 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
The first design still has merit, and it would make a perfectly respectable car robot. But the other two designs rock as well.
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cyberjam Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
nice cant wait to see him in action!
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metalformer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool sketches. The fist design was cool but a bit unoriginal, despite how I like it. The final design however has some details I really love, specially the shoulders. That detail alone caught my attention because of its uniqueness. Great work regardless.

PS:
Asuming this is an upcoming figure, when it is due, if you're in liberty to discuss or even know.
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pentecil Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
samurai autobot.
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
now that I have seen this i can actually say I prefer number 1 over the final version.

to me it looks more believable than the final version too.

But I can see why the final version was chosen overall.
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elrade Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Drift is like Samurai Jack in Autobot form.
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victortky Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Love the design and armour. The one on the right is my fav, as it is sleek and fast.

I also love the design sketches, as it shows the creation and progression of a character.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I just love the way the front section of the car transforms in that final version.
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Somvold Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The earlier ones are still good but pale against the last one though.
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shadowcat9279 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Way too cool!
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conbot Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Very nice; I especially like the one on the right.
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Charger426 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Hmmm... Gotta say the intake vent look of the middle design shoulders is catching my eye.
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CYBERBUTTERFLY Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Your right about the design progress. The first one is nice- but a little outdated- it's a concept design you'd see created for the Gen. 1 1982 series.
The final product however, takes that design and makes it more modern- streamlining the design, and giving it a 'MTV' Flare.... Same bot- but made for the world of 2008
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kurisama Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love seeing the developmental process! Very cool stuff :D
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Shirozora Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
He's amazing. I can't wait to see/read him in action! :D
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Gryphman Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
The first two are nice, but the third one is definitely the superior design. I just hope Hasbro can make it look that awesome. lol
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Nice look!
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
wow amayzing!!!!!!!
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DexAntares Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Nice trick, using the spoiler as heel-spurrs. Even if you can't see the clever "IACON" tampo on them.
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quickblast Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
seet it going to be a toy seet^^
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lonegamer7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Vast improvement alright. Pretty... And quite... Japanesy. :D
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JavierReyes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Man it's awesome to see the design process for the character. I'm loving the design for Drift.

I can't wait to see how Hasbro Translates it to the toy. :D
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for posting these - it's cool to look at the development process for a character's design and see how it evolves over time, and especially nice to see Drift move from a more common TF design to one that evokes a Japanese samurai.

Plus I love behind-the-scenes stuff anyway.
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