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Iron Rotor concepts by BenBates Iron Rotor concepts by BenBates
Looking through all this old Sonic stuff I discovered these. The Iron Rotor suit was the first concept work I did for Archie. 
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Hero-Jaxx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Love the concepts. what made you think of these to begin with?
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Yarcaz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome. There wouldn't happen to be shard the metal sonic concepts would there?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional
I don't know. I don't even know who designed Shard. I have almost no interaction with any of the other Archie freelancers. I about as isolated from the group as you can get.
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Yarcaz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh. It is ok. I was just wondering b/c i am one of those fans that became a permanent fan and started to follow archie comics a LOT more often after seeing shard the metal (or mecha) sonic. And as such I have been scourging for 3D models or try to make one of Shard in 3D but that has ended with no results or failure multiple times. After seeing your work on sally and mecha sally and iron rotor (big fan of your work btw :D) I thought you might have concepts of shard that might help me out making a 3D model of him. In terms of concepts what I had hoped for was either drafts of his design, or more hopefully reference points of his character from the front, the back, either sides, the bottom, and the top. But this was too much to hope for.

Well anyway I appreciate for you to respond to my comment. Though it would be amazing if you could come up with sketches of shard :D.

*Lastly* on bumbleking a while back I tried to register (with username Yarcaz) but I can't find the e-mail for registration what can I do (if you know)

Anyway have a great day (or night)!
From Yarcaz
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Heh, Rote, never stop being the awesome walrus you are!
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ShoStyle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss Big Rotor.
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FrozenFirebug Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
rotor skipped leg day
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pengie9290 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
These designs are awesome! Too bad he doesn't need the suit anymore, now that he's awesome enough without it! ...Maybe he'll find a need where even his current awesomeness isn't enough for whatever reason, so he needs to add the awesomeness of the suit to the awesomeness he already has...?

(...Okay, exactly how many times did I just say "awesome"...? (Don't answer. Please, don't answer...))
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TheMrGeek Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Your know, this could work. If Rotor used the nanites in the suit to morph into other designs like these. Like for defensive purposes 
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
Hey that's actually a really good idea! Too bad, I don't think its necessary for him to have a fancy suit anymore so its a missed opportunity...
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TheMrGeek Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Well after seeing Rotor busting Spinner heads in number 253, I don't think he needs a suit! :)
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pingclang Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Top left is really cool.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional
Thanks! I'm glad you pointed that particular design out as a previous comment specified that one as not being cool. I think this must be a great example of personal preference. 
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pingclang Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Someone was wrong, lol. Easily my personal favorite. They all look good though.
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ProtronRazoron Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty epic concepts I must say.
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FrostTheHobidon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Awesome
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lol20 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I still love this design, the new style for Rotor of Iron Rotor may have been the best thing that has ever happen to the brilliant freedom fighter. But I dear hope he has kept this suit, cause it would be a waste and a shame to see this good suit go to waste.
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superskeetospro Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Iron Rotor is best Rotor.

You did an amazing job :heart:
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smit90 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Suddenly, I'm hit with the inexplicable urge to play a Sonic/Megaman crossover game. 
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CometX-ing Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The top right design reminds me of emboar.
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LightDemonCodeH Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Metal Rotor idea:
- last one to the right on second row's armor
- first one on the left's on first row head frill and feet.
- The last helmet on the right
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Wakeangel2001 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love Iron Rotor, I actually made a figure of this too: wakeangel2001.deviantart.com/a… I messed up the legs a little but I still love to make the awesome character designs that you guys create.
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Chauvels Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   General Artist
Man, Rotor looks soooo cool!
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OmegaMorph Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Seems the fans aren't the only one using the "Iron Rotor" name, but given who it clearly gets influence from it just fits so well. : P
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Biosonic100 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They all look pretty cool.....except the first one with the spikes
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goku262002 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Are you still working on the Sonic comics? your using allot of past tense verbs.
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nobody661 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, he is.
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Kuruttra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude sorry but I have a question, for the actual Arc Archie has changed the Design of the Characters Big Time, especially Rotor, do you know if they will change them back to normal, the way they where when this alternate reality mess is over? I so love the Comics and the Characters but looking at them now is just ... it just feels so wrong.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional
I can't speak with real authority on the matter as I tend to be pretty removed from the inner workings of the comic, but I'm fairly certain that the redesigns and alterations to the comic are permanent. 
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Kuruttra Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feared so... thanks for the Info.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!! This is tight dude, tight.

Man why don't we ever get an entire section dedicated to your character designs/illustration processes? I would PAY for that stuff. In fact when I get hired to be production artist at their office one day I'm going to convince Paul to make it happen, promise. +:fav:
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Th3AntiGuardian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Amen to that! :D Heck, even whole books dedicated to Sonic comic conceptual/production art would be fantastic; just like you, I would pay good money to have such a book in my collection, even to use as a reference!
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MGartist Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Same here! :)
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
so awesome!!!! i love concept art, man, you had so many good ideas! Like LibbyKeppen said, really impressive! 
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LibbyKeppen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I especially admire all the different types of helmets you managed to make.  Impressive! 
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