Stephen Zavala shares “Bumblebee” Cybertronian characters’ concept art!

For many fans, the intense opening sequence for the Bumblebee movie — featuring G1 favorites updated with a different modern-movie look than we’ve seen for the last decade — was a hell of a way to kick off a solid film.
This Cybertron-set sequence has the impact that it does because of artists like ILM’s Stephen Zavala, who’s shared a handful of the Cybertronian designs on his Instagram page. He’s even added some notes on them for insight into how the designs were created! (It’s just this sort of thing that makes the lack of a movieverse art book even more sorely felt.)
Check these samples out and click through to Stephen’s Instagram page for more!

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Ravage from Transformers: Bumblebee. A collab piece with @karl.lindberg (honestly he made the best aspects of it). This weird wolf/cat/dragon looked amazing on screen when coming out from Soundwave’s chest. The compact cassette version was developed by Alex Jaeger too. Fun character to develop! This one also has a funny story behind its inclusion but again that is a story for another day! Hope you dig and be sure to check out Karl’s work! . . . #transformers #bumblebee #bumblebeemovie #ravage #soundwave #decepticons #autobots #ilm #industriallightandmagic #vfx #robot #mech #mecha #drone #dog #doggo #cutedog #digitalart #digitalartist #illustration #sketch #sketchbook #conceptart #visualdevelopment #film #movie #instaart #instaartist

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Today’s is Arcee from Transformers: Bumblebee. My fav character to work on. Funny how in the cartoon all female characters look very anthropomorphic compared to the male transformers (a product of their time after all) so this was my attempt on making her really feel like a robot trying to retain the main elements that made the character recognizable from the original design. And as you all know I hate heels on female character designs just for the sake of it, so of course I avoided the lazy trope on this one too. There’s a pretty fun story behind her inclusion for this movie but that is a tale for another day. Hope you dig! . . . #transformers #bumblebee #arcee #optimusprime #brawn #wheeljack #ilm #industriallightandmagic #robot #mech #mecha #drone #tech #design #art #conceptart #sketch #sketchbook #digitalart #digitalillustration #digitalartist #film #movie #vfx #instaart #instaartist

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Wheeljack from Transformers: Bumblebee! Opposite to Brawn, this was the troublesome one. It was the first I designed (mostly cause it was a specific Travis Knight request). Originally it had a different head (which I hate, seriously why I made it super small?) but Alex Jaeger and Thang Le fixed it and looks way more awesome in the end! I remember trying to explain the chest car piece in Cybertron terms and then I was like, this is Transformers, there’s no need for such explanations, don’t think to much about it, just go with it. Hope u dig! . . . #transformers #bumblebee #wheeljack #brawn #cybertron #hasbro #80s #ilm #industriallightandmagic #vfx #cardesign #conceptart #illustration #digitalart #digitalartist #visualdevelopment #sketch #robot #drone #mecha #mech #mechanic #instaart #instaartist

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