So my friend Max recently spoke to the year 6 students at Bygrove Primary School in the merry ol' UK, and presented an animation workshop. As a homework assigment, he asked the kids to design their own characters, and then got some of his animator/illustrator friends to redesign the characters the kids created.
This is REX. He may have begun life as a tracing of a Transformer, but I liked the primary color scheme the student chose, and hey, he's a robot that turns into a tank which is two kinds of awesome. So I picked him.
If, like me, your favorite Transformers movie is the 1986 animated version, then 1: You have a special place in your heart for Stan Bush's aural masterpiece 'The Touch', and 2: You'll probably agree that the modern Transformer designs are a little over-the-top.
So my goal for this redesign was mostly to simplify the silhouette to give him a more unique look, but to also keep enough of the decorative elements, and the same color scheme to tie it back to the original. A high-res version of this image will be sent to the student who created REX, I hope he likes it.
You can read more about the project and see all the great characters the kids designed on Max's blog.