Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bumblebee

Here's a much better shot of Bumbleebee, released on Businessweek with an interesting article I want to touch on...

Transformers Turns Bigger Cinematic Failures Into Better Box Office

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-30/for-transformers-franchise-action-not-bad-reviews-talks


Regardless of the article, it was a real pleasure to work with some very organic and stream-lined shapes for the new Bumbleebee. I made him much more aerodynamic, as proportions changed from more of a comical body-builder to a humanoid proportioned athlete. Very fun juxterpose of clean panel work and mecha greeble, especially for the 'battle-mode' face mask. - And for the first time (imo), he really looks like a bumbleebee with the elongated and semi-protruding eyes based on the ommatidia array of real bumblebees.

Sadly, the art (and it is art) that goes into these CGI characters, at least on an aethetic and functional level, often surpases the final product and story as a whole. - The very medium in which this art is delivered (in  a mass sense), seems to allow critics to forget what amount of artistic thought and talent has gone into each transformer and the amount of artists and technicians have toiled over it. None the less, we can't fool ourselves out the the reality that it is a business - one I love:).


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