David (right) with Tom de Falco
at GALACTICON 2003.
My latest influences were Ralph Mac Quarrie, Syd Mead, Ron Cob, Nigel Phelps... their designs just blew me away. I knew exactly what I wanted to do later on. I went to study Engineering at first and later on Graphic Design at Griffith University.
After graduating my career went on to the commercial area, as well as teaching and shifted slowly through the entertainment area. I designed GEN 13 Cards, Alpha Flights Cards, XXX (Vin Diesel) movie cards and the GIJOE widevision series.
Starscream was a great character. While the other decepticons obeyed Megatron without question, he was the only one who wanted power and had his own agenda.
The human characters are also very important and deserve more attention. While the robots have human personalities it is important that viewers also identify with human characters.
There are rules in writings, a sort of bible that the creators set up before writing a whole series. There are main characters and supporting characters; due to the narrative process people can't show every characters every time and have to focus their stories on a few main ones the same way it was done with the Kirk, Spock and Bones trio on Star Trek. But in my opinion, the Transformers universe is so rich and well written that everyone deserves equal attention.
My interest shifted more towards the golden age transformers published by Marvel and reprinted by TITAN BOOKS. Some of the elements and origins differed a bit from the cartoon series but I found out that the writers from the comic had more freedom and matured storylines.
The Transformers arrived on our planet but also discovered new friends among humans. A human being is able to teach new things to a technologically advanced being. Amazing isn't it? Shows you that life is but a learning experience and that we can learn from people no matter where they come from.
Bob Budiansky did a magnificent job with the TRANSFORMERS comics back in the 80's. He took a slightly different approach in his script including provocative stories and conflicting character elements. Both humans and robots had feelings such as honor, nobility, despair, revenge, anger but also friendship.
But I am very fond of artists who portray them in a photo-realistic way. The Japanese illustrators are brilliant at that. I like what Production Designer Guy H. Dyas did on Transformers. But you have to wait till 2005 till it comes out!
So, my candidates in the pencil area would be: Herb Trimpe, William Johnson, Ricardo Villamonte and Andrew Wildman. Jae Lee also brought a tremendous contribution to the TF Comic Universe: he has designed some intriguing WW II Transformers and gave them a very dark and intimidating look.
The other artworks made by fans are fantastic as well—there are a lot of talented people out there and everyone took the freedom to explore and share their own vision of Transformers, and that's great.
Laserbeak looks out in a scene reminiscent of the 1986 Transformers movie opening.