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Uploaded: June 16, 2008
Artist: Dawn
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Updated: June 19, 2008
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I am going to be showing all of you today how to draw a Transformer that goes by the name of Optimus Prime. I’m sure you are all aware of who he is and what he stands for and believes in. First off he is a character from the all time popular multi cartoon series Transformers: Generations 1, Transformers Generation 2, Machine Wars, Transtech, Robot Masters, Transformers: Titanium, Transformers: Alternators, Transformers: Classics, and Transformers: Universe. Optimus Prime along with all of the Autobots is from the planet Cybertron. The Autobots are often seen fighting with the evil forces of their arch enemies the Decepticons. They have been battling the Decepticons for decades. The Autobots fight the Decepticons to keep the control over their home world and to keep peace within the universe. Optimus Prime is the leader of all the Autobots and he is also the largest, strongest, and wisest of them all. When he is in his auto form he is a bold and massive 18 wheeler which visually gives him the leader image. To Optimus Prime, he feels that his role is to protect all life, including the lives of humans on the planet earth. He is a very noble, brave, and heroic leader that believes that all life is worth saving. Originally the Transformers started out as simple toys that was manufactured by Hasbro and promoted by a comic book company named Marvel Comics. They also did an animated series (as you know). Even though you could view the Transformers by either comic book or by television, it was in fact the animated series that gave these car stomping characters their star power and fame. Children absolutely loved these regular looking cars and trucks because they transformed into what kids love the most, robots. When the series became overwhelmingly popular that is when the sale of their toy counter parts became scarce to come by. The more fame these Autobots and Decepticons got, the more of a collectible they became. There are of course five main characters that stand out on each side of good and evil. First you have Optimus Prime which is who we are learning how to draw today. Now he is absolutely the personification of courage, strength and integrity. His motto is “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings”. Then we have the adorable and funny BumbleBee who is a yellow Camaro with black bold stripes that run down the middle of his car formation in the movie, but in the series he is a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. BumbleBee is considered to be an Autobot spy. He is definitely an Autobot that enjoys the company of humans. Than we have Jazz which is a modified Pontiac Solstice in his auto form in the movie, but in the series he is a Martini Porsche 935 Turbo . He is more of an Autobot that enjoys the finer things in life. Next is Ironhide which is a modified GMC Topkick 6500. He is known to be the toughest Autobot that can be found. He is the muscle that backs up the words of Optimus Prime. Lastly we have Ratchet who is a modified Hummer H2 in the movie, bit in the animated series he is an ambulance and acts as a medic to aid the injured Autobots. As for the Decepticon side you have the evil Megatron who is the leader of the Decepticons. Than comes Barricade who in the film is a hot Saleen 5281 Mustang. Starscream is next of the Decepticons he is portrayed as a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor in the movie. Next we have Blackout who is a Sikorsky MH53 Pave Low III. Finally there is that bug looking Decepticon Frenzy who is a simple Boombox. In this tutorial you will be learning how to draw one of the most popular of the Autobots, Optimus Prime. This drawing tutorial will show you in detail how to sketch, draw, and shade in this character that is popular around the world.

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How to Draw Optimus Prime From Transformers

how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 1

STEP 1.

In this first complicated step you will be drawing the entire frame of Optimus Prime. Start by drawing the circle shape for his head which is small. draw in the facial guidelines as well. Now start drawing out the squared shoulders and shape them the way they are shown. After that draw out the shape of his big bulky right arm and shape it the way it is shown to you here. Now draw out the shape of his left arm than the shapes of his legs and feet.
 
how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 2

STEP 2.

In this next detailed step you will have to do start drawing out all detailed lines and shapes that make Optimus Prime what he is today. Start with the head and work your way down. Make sure that you detail this character exactly the way it shown to you here. Always start at the top work your way to his shoulders which is just a series of lines that go across his chest as you see here. Start detailing his thighs and lower legs along with his feet and arms.
 
how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 3

STEP 3.

The best way to continue sketching out the detailing to Optimus Prime is to enlarge the steps from here on out so you can see all the lining that needs to be done. Starting with the face sketch in the detailing lines that will eventually make up his eyes. It looks like he is wearing a mask if you look closely. Again after the face is drawn out you can them move onto sketching in more details on the shoulders and chest, than move onto the arms and draw out his left fist and his right hand. Detail his thigh and legs some more and move to the next step.
 
how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 4

STEP 4.

In this part you will be mainly working on sketching the right side of Optimus Prime. As you can tell since we didn't draw any shapes or guidelines you will have no need to erase any lines that are clearly visible. When ever you draw a detailed character or any detailed image for that matter, you almost always have to draw an outline of the objects frame. Do you know how hard it would be to erase all the shapes and guidelines to a sketch like this. After you have detailed the areas indicated here you can move to the next step.
 
how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 5

STEP 5.

This step just involves sketching in of more detailing areas of this popular Autobot. Detail the right upper shoulder and work your way down. you are almost done with your Transformer.
 
how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 6

STEP 6.

In this step, I'm going to teach you how to shade those rough hard darkened spots. This will make you image look more realistic and add some depth to those flat lines. So what we will do is first get out your smudge tool. You can find this tool on your palate. All Adobe Photoshops have this tool. Make sure you set the brush to a reasonable size to smudge your dark areas. After you found a suitable brush size for you taste, set the strength to 54 percent. This will give you more control of the brush. Its a strength mix of hard and light. Once you got this done, we will move onto the next step. ^_^
 
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STEP 7.

Now this step is going to show you the differences between a non-smudged area and a smudged area. You can see the difference between a without the smudge tool and the with smudge tool. As you can see without the smudge the lines are apart and rough. You can see visible whiteness. Now compared to the with smudge tool, you have no visible whiteness and a more creamy look to it. This is th power of using the smudge tool . :D
 
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STEP 8.

In this step I will tell you the key trick on shading and smudging. You must first and always define your L.I.G.H.T.S.O.U.R.E!!! This is very important to shading your image. You must always find the direction of your highlights and shades. Before you shade you always define this light source. After that start shading!
 
how to draw optimus prime from transformers step 9

STEP 9.

This is what your completed Optimus Prime should look like when you are totally done sketching, drawing, and shading him in. All you have to do now is color him in. That will do it for this tutorial on how to draw Optimus Prime from the Transformers. I will see you all soon.