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Powerstars main character concepts by BenBates
Powerstars main character concepts
I'm still tinkering with them, but I feel pretty good about where they're at right now. 

Red is the leader of a clan of cavemen called the Rockheads. She works super hard to make sure they survive on prehistoric Urt!

Blue has been kicked out of his clan and travels the world, searching for the most powerful opponents.

Yellow patrols the cosmos, stamping out trouble wherever he finds it.

Green haunts the outer edges of the universe, conducting horrific experiments in her pursuit of knowledge.

And pretty soon, when I start the main story of my comic, they'll start duking it out with each other. 
Green - Powerstars Short Story 01 by BenBates
Green - Powerstars Short Story 01
Finally! Making my own comics! This is the first short story I intend to do of four (one for each of the Powerstars main characters) before starting the main story. 

I'm looking at these short stories as experiments, I'm not worrying too much about nailing exactly how everything should look, just as long as I make progress!
Aim for the top! by BenBates
Aim for the top!
Have you guys seen this plush kickstarter?…

I did a little doodle to bring it to your attention if not. 

A year or so ago I stumbled across Inkidrop's previous kickstarter for the Tentatrio (the little guys stacked on the right) but it was already finished and successfully funded. I'm not too late this time!!!
Tinkering by BenBates
Taking it easy today, working on my own stuff!

These are character concepts for a comic/videogame I've had slinking around my head since 2004. As a game you can pick any character and partner up with any of the creatures. Because of this I've never specifically decided who would have which creature in the comic and I thought it would be fun to get some input. From this image alone, which creature would you pair with each character? 

Based on the feedback, I'll put whichever pairings are most popular in the comic.  
  • Listening to: ohGr
  • Reading: Spawn
  • Watching: Nadia Secret of Blue Water
  • Playing: tropical freeze
  • Listening to: ohGr
  • Reading: Spawn
  • Watching: Nadia Secret of Blue Water
  • Playing: tropical freeze


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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-

Sonic the Hedgehog
Mega Man
New Crusaders

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

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

Current Residence: PortLand, OR

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K-Chan4u Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
How much are your commissions? I would like to order some line art but I'm not sure what your prices are.
dubXsonic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sup ben

i have been trying to get some sonic art for my fan character in Archie's style, but i cant find anybody who can do it for free or in a request, at a professional level

idk if you would do one for me but GOD, your art is my favorite comic art i have seen, i would really love art form you.

and there are alot of people i would love there art from, but the problem is they pay way too much for great art for me, plus i cant get any point for it
darkshadows013 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please don't disrespect someone's time and energy and training by asking for free art. Ben Bates worked hard to get to the point where he could make this his profession. That means he does it for pay so he can put food on the table and keep the lights on. When you ask for free art, you say that his time doesn't matter as much as yours. Let's engender a community of respect and self-worth. :)
dubXsonic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i did not mean it that way

i respect his work its just i dont have enough money or the skill to really do much art like his

and i cant afford anything as of yet

that's why i am requesting due to lack of points and people and money to commission anybody's art.
nightthefox13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I want you to check out my art and tell me Wat you think
JoeyB1001 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, Ben!
pinkfloyd1234 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there Ben! Could i get an opinion on something?
On youtube i turn the comics you guys work on into Audio Dramas, I put voice acting, sound effects and music to make it come to life!
scourgemightyfan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, Ben! I gotta say, Im a HUGE fan of your sonic comic art!
maniackiller013 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Hey Ben, I just wanted to say that iI am loving your cover work for the "World's Unite Covers Unite Variants. They really are beautiful works of art man.
TMNTComicsArt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I didn't realize you live one state below,I live in Washington State~ :) 
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