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Part Two: Transformers x Anime Major Competition Plus New Art!

Can’t get enough anime-inspired Transformers? Check out these new artworks!

As we revealed in Part 1 of this series, we’ve partnered with Hasbro to bring you a mecha-awesome competition, celebrating the release of Transformers War for Cybertron ‘KINGDOM’!

There are 4x incredible Transformers Prize Packs up for grabs, featuring epic products from the new line, and anime-inspired artworks by some talented Aussie artists!

To enter, and for full terms and conditions, visit the competition page here!


Q&A with Artists Kirabunni, Koichame & Kaejunni

Last time, we showcased some epic artworks from Aussie artists Khee and Akiocha. This time around, we’re featuring the incredible local artists Kirabunni, Koichame and Kaejunni, who have each created their own anime-inspired Transformers characters, Optimus PrimeSoundwave and Ratchet. Here’s what they had to say about the creative process!

Kirabunni

How long have you been drawing? 
I’ve been drawing since I was very small, maybe around 4-5 years old? I only got more into anime style art around high school, and now I draw every day!

Why did you decide to draw Optimus Prime? 
I decided to draw Optimus Prime because I really liked his colour theme, and felt like I had a lot I could work with. I remember watching the Transformers movies and really liking his character as well. His character is very different to what I usually draw so I wanted to try and change it up a little bit!

How has anime inspired and influenced your artistic style? 
I watched anime since I was a kid, and was really into magical girl shows. I want to make my pieces pop out, kind of like how magical girls do in their own show. I love to use bright colours, so when people see my work, they will stare at how bright the artwork is when the colours come together. I stopped only drawing magical girls but I hope to keep my artworks bright and colourful, despite portraying different characters and moods!

What is your favourite anime series or movie?
My favourite series will probably be Cardcaptor Sakura. It was what inspired me to draw to begin with, and was one of the very first anime I watched as a kid. It has a lot of themes which make it very interesting and deep.

Do you have any tips for newcomers who are just getting started in art and design? 
I think a great way of improving is just to draw what you like! Of course there are a lot of methods to improve, but drawing what you like would makes you enjoy drawing more, and build confidence. I often worry about not having a distinct style that represents me, but don’t worry if you can’t find it yet, it will definitely come to you one day.

Check out Kirabunni’s work here!

Koichame

How long have you been drawing? 
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, but I started learning digital art in late 2013 after I got my first graphics tablet in high school. I began working on art more seriously from 2018 after I was exposed to the vast array of amazing artists on Twitter and wanted to draw as well as them.

Why did you decide to draw Soundwave?
Between my choice of Soundwave and Megatron, I really liked Soundwave’s blue and silver colour scheme! The transparent window on his front really stood out to me too – I found out later that it was a tape deck tray, and his design is based off a cassette. I thought it would be fun to incorporate some sound and music motifs in my anime-fied design.

How has anime inspired and influenced your artistic style?
Anime is what got me into art!! As a child I used to watch Sailor Moon, Astro Boy and Lucky Star, and I thought the stylisation and faces were so beautiful and unique. I used to redraw Sailor Moon character art and screenshots, and later once I began digital art I looked back to it for colour and style inspirations.

I was also influenced by the work of other artists who drew in anime style too, notably fanart from Houseki no Kuni – I have the series to thank for challenging me to try more ambitious artworks and different rendering styles!

What is your favourite anime series or movie?
This is a tough one! My favourite anime series would probably be Houseki no Kuni, followed by Revolutionary Girl Utena. Satoshi Kon’s Millenium Actress is also one of my favourite anime films!

Do you have any tips for newcomers who are just getting started in art and design?
There are so many resources now available at your fingertips online, it’s incredible. It might be a bit overwhelming to begin with so it’s good to establish a focus, e.g. if you’d like to draw in a particular style or only do character illustrations or learn to design characters.

Gather a few key inspirations and try to pick out what you like out of each of them. It helps to be able to name certain traits, so you can look them up and find a range of tailored guides and tutorials. If you like the way an artist uses lines in their art, you can gather different examples of linework and try to emulate it. The same idea applies to light, colour, character anatomy and more.

Don’t be afraid to make “bad” drawings and finish an artwork as best you can – it doesn’t have to be perfect! Find a community – online or real life, where you can share your art and get constructive feedback if you need it.

Most importantly, take things at your own pace and have fun!

Check out Koichame’s work on Instagram and Twitter!

Kaejunni

How long have you been drawing? 
I’ve been into drawing from when I was a child. As for work experience, I’ve worked as a professional illustrator/designer since five or six years ago.

Why did you decide to draw Ratchet?
I decided to draw Rachet because of his colour combination and design. I personally find it really cool and aesthetically pleasing.

How has anime inspired and influenced your artistic style?
I’ve been exposed to anime and manga since I was a kid. They influenced me greatly and eventually inspired me to become an illustrator with an anime-aesthetic style.

What is your favourite anime series or movie?
My favourite anime series would be Gurren Lagann: absolutely love the animation and mecha designs in that series.

Do you have any tips for newcomers who are just getting started in art and design?
Learn the basics of perspective/anatomy/rendering/lighting; those elements can be really helpful for improving your art since they are essentials to create and polish an illustration. Observing your surroundings is also another good way to study how things works.

Check out Kaejunni’s work on Instagram and Twitter!

If you loved these reimagined Transformers, you must check out Bumblebee and Starscream as anime characters HERE!

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