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Sonic Legacy Vol 4 by BenBates
Sonic Legacy Vol 4
Hey! How is every little thing?

Its pretty good on my end working full-time in animation, doing a new Teen Titans GO! comic, and I just started thumbnails for Sonic Legacy Vol 5.  I love doing these Legacy covers and feel pretty lucky to revisit designs/stories way before my time as a professional.

If I can convince Archie to let me continue doodling each Legacy vol, in another 11 years I'll have touched every point in the publications history up to when I was hired. 
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Hey, I forgot that tomorrow is FCBD. If you're in Portland and plan to be at Things from Another World's Beaverton location, I'll be there from 1pm-3pm. 
  • Listening to: Spirited Away soundtrack
  • Reading: Berserk
  • Watching: Wes Anderson movies
  • Playing: Pheonix Wright Justice for All
  • Eating: Rice, lots of rice
  • Drinking: Coconut smoothie

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Ben Bates
Artist | Professional
United States
My name is Ben Bates and I'm lucky enough to be a freelance illustrator primarily working in comics. I've had all kinds of fun in my career, working on many dream projects-

Archie-
Sonic the Hedgehog
Mega Man
New Crusaders

DarkHorse-
S.H.O.O.T. First
Star Wars- Defenders of the Lost Temple digest

IDW-
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My Little Pony

I'm also a member of Periscope Studio. A studio with over twenty comic creators, go and check out the list of credits at www.periscopestudio.com.

Current Residence: PortLand, OR
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fluffycakeX Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you do request?
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TrueHyperShadow15 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your artstyle ever since I read the STH comics, another question are you also the one who did a few illustrations for MLP IDW comics? Cause if not thats ok I would love to see some crossover drawings if you have free time in the future.

Especially of course, megaman and TMNT
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Kell0x Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
You are pretty much my current favorite artist from Sonic the Hedgehog, TMNT and Megaman and one of my ''artist I like to be like one day''  : D

I had no idea you had a Deviantart account!
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional
Wow, a favorite across several properties! That's pretty cool, thanks! 
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The-Earl-of-Zerces Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
What materials do you use, sir? Like, what kinds of paper, pens, and markers do you use?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional
Nowadays I do the bulk of my professional work digitally with photoshop, however when I get half a chance I'm excited to teach myself manga studio. When working traditionally I like drawing with a .5 mm mechanical pencil and I do most of my inking with micron pens. One of my favorite pens to use is the Pigma Graphic 1. 

As for paper, I prefer really smooth stuff. If I have to do something professional, a commission, or really anything thats meant to be shown to other people I'll draw on bristol but for all my personal drawing I like plain old computer paper. 
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The-Earl-of-Zerces Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Okay. Thank you, sir.
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SonAze9000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Is it true you are leaving/have left the Archie Comics?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional
Well, I was only ever a freelancer with Archie so I can't really "leave", they would either stop hiring me to do jobs or I would, for some crazy reason, stop agreeing to do the jobs. I'ts my personal hope to continue to freelance with the company for as long as I can but Archie himself has stated to me on numerous occasions that he thinks I've lost "it". 
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Metaruu Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Will you ever draw an issue for Sonic the Hedgehog again?
I'm a big fan of yours and started reading the comics only because of your amazing drawings. 
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