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springarm alt mode design
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Published: August 18, 2011
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so here is the alt mode for springarm as promised :)

with a lot of the new bots i've been drawing these days, i start with creating the altmode first, then creating the robot next. well unless i have a really clear view of what i want the robto mode to look like first.
usually i'll have a really loose drawing of the robot, so i can get the basic shape of what i think it should look like. then i'll draw the alt mode and then go back and modify to robot mode for the character.

with this design i needed to have springarm able to be a bike on his own, but also have optimus/orion able to rode it.
so here is the regular alt mode, and the modified one for optimus/orion to ride :)

with the bike design i really wanted to have the open wheel design. i really like that, and a part of me wanted to turn a tron bike into a transformer so this is what i came up with.
most of the body fo the bike is a outer shell that compacts and the body is inner areas. basically when he transforms, he drops down from the middle of the bike and the wheels fold up and rotate into there assigned places :)
enjoy

oh, again, this design was made when the character was named swingarm. it was later changed to springarm if anyone is wondering :)

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Glida1Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this alt. mode. I have been inspired.
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Hey, Alex. Love the design for Springarm. Is it okay if I use the "rider" mode as the vehicle of an OC I made?
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OMIGOD. DUDE! THIS IS EFFIN' AMAZIN'!
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JohnnyFive81Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great design! Usually I do the opposite of what you do when designing TFs - I do the character first and then the alt-mode (though I have a vague idea of what the alt-mode will be for the character). Hence my TF designs are more like the old Marvel/cartoon ones - simple, but I'd hate to be the designer who has to figure out how this guy transforms.
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markerguruProfessional
well i did figure out how he transforms when i was coming up with the design ;p
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JohnnyFive81Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll just haveta work harder on that aspect then!
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Love it, I've always found designing Tf's is the 'dogs' but can imagine adding it to comic book history feels even better. I've alway liked the encapsulated bike design. Reminds me of Afterburner!
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weremole Digital Artist
In a perfect world the Protectobot Groove would be a relative to his and simply keep the TF-sized bike mode so a motocycle for a leg wouldn't look ridiculous on any potential IDW Defensor.

But that's just me blathering about.

I think I'm going to need that sketchbook. The problem is how to get it.
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SomvoldHobbyist Traditional Artist
Sleek design as always.
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Tiberius47Hobbyist Photographer
The front of the bike facing away from us?
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KreevoxStudent Filmographer
no its facing torward us, notice the handle bars in its pilotable mode
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markerguruProfessional
no, the front is facing us.
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Novastorm73Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to see Prime ride on that bike.
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markerguruProfessional
check out issue 23 of ongoing :)
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Novastorm73Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I can get my hands on it! My comic shop had to reorder 22 and 23 because they sold out 1st day.
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ZeartistHobbyist Writer
REminds me a little of Kaneda's bike from AKIRA! or perhaps a little of the Technobot Afterburner...at least I think it was him, he was the bike.
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markerguruProfessional
thats funny since James mentioned he wanted a bike like the one from Akira also :)
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ZeartistHobbyist Writer
Great minds think alike! :)
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MegaO93Hobbyist General Artist
wow awesome theres going to be a painted one?

BTW the first time i saw it the model resembles me to Afterburner
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nice set of wheiles. :)
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Nomad55Hobbyist General Artist
Very bad ass
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Hey; it's the Batpod from the movies!
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markerguruProfessional
sweet. i never thought of that. i know James wanted the cannons to be at the front of the bike, so i just placed them there. i guess being a huge batman fan, my mind placed them there. neat :)
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