Dave's Gallery of Robot Art
Last updated: 3/22/18
TF Fan Characters
These characters are Transformers of my own creation (or that of other fans)
that are not MUSH characters I've played. Images are copyright Dave Van
Domelen on the date of drawing. I've reorganized it into three sections:
Tribarrel, my fan characters, and those that other people at least had some
hand in or inspiration for. In general, newer material is at the bottom of
The first new car I ever bought, a Mazda 3 wagon. I may have gone a little
overboard in making a Transformer out of it.
- Views of the real car:
- Design sketches: I worked out the design
in stages, doing more work as I became more convinced that I would be buying
this model of car.
- Pencil art: since I was putting so much effort into this, I scanned the
pencils a few times along the way, so that in case I screwed up at any point,
I'd at least have a record of the last "good" version.
- First try: Wasn't really happy with the right
arm or the left hand, hence the blur of eraser marks around both.
- Second try: Modified the right arm to give him
a secondary weapon in his right hand, did some other tweaks.
- Final draft: Fixed some errors, then went
outside and sat on a folding chair to get all the little details right, as
reference photos only go so far.
- Inks: Fixed a few things between final pencils and
- Finished Drawing: Altered a couple of things
here too, mainly the black lines above the doors on the feet. The blue is
lighter than the real car, and I used grays instead of black for the most
part, because I didn't want to obscure the details. Finished 4/18/06.
- Techspecs: A smaller version of the final drawing,
put into a techspec sort of entry.
- Tribarrel Animated: Done for an AllSpark Art
Challenge, to redesign an existing character (fan or canon) in the style of
the 2008 Transformers: Animated. Background colored in Prismacolors, and it
turns out green penetrates several sheets of paper, oops. 7/9/07. Design sketch.
- Talyn: My car from 2000-2006 (a 1996 Buick Regal)
as a mercenary sniper assassin. The big rifle separates into two pieces and
stores alongside the driveshaft. 10/11/00. Rescanned 9/1/01 (Included in
this section for comparison. I did not make Transformers designs from my
cars before this.)
These are characters I came up on my own, and that were not related to any
MUSH (see the MUSH Gallery for those).
- Beast Wars DVD: Another toy design, this time of
myself as a Beast Wars character (in the wake of many posts agitating for a
Beast Wars DVD...but they meant Digital Video Disc). Also includes
transformation instructions and techspecs. 7/9/98
- Painted Lady: A Predacon ladybug. The
transformation actually works, but is complex enough it'd probably have to be
done at Deluxe level, especially the double-joint knees and elbows. 10/29/98
- Taurox: From Beast Wars:
Pokemon, this is a Poketron with a Tauros alt-mode. I tried something
different with the legs, having front and rear beast legs merging to form the
robot legs...the engineering needs work, but I think the principle works
overall. And, of course, I "Romitized" the proportions a bit to make for a
better picture. 12/9/99, rescanned July 20, 2016.
- Ballista: Part of an art challenge on the
AllSpark board, I posted this decidedly unfeminine
vehicle mode and challenged people to draw a female Transformer based on it.
There were many submissions, and then I posted my version. Scanned 9/1/01.
- Twincam: Drawn as part of an Art Challenge on The
AllSpark, the idea was to create a female motorcycle Transformer. Rather
than go with the usual Motoslave-style transformation, I designed a chopped
Harley-style motorcycle with a twin-cam engine for a chest. 12/21/01
- Domo-Con: A transforming Decepticon Domo-kun,
- Armada Seawing with Intruder: An aircraft
carrier with A-6 Intruder. Fin funnel design for part of the deck borrowed
from Gundam. 9/3/02
- Stahlfaust: From an art challenge on AllSpark,
taking a weird concept car and making a Transformer out of it. 1/10/03
- The Air Power Team - In Japan, the DVD releases of Transformers Armada
(called Micron Legend there) are accompanied by recolors of various
Mini-Cons. Three of them are female versions of the Air Military Team, and I
was inspireed to try my own female versions of those characters.
- Shrike: A blue not-very-feminine version of
Thunderwing, the stealth fighter-bomber Mini-Con. Name comes from mangling
- Orchid: Color scheme based on the apocryphal
female Seeker jet in G1, this is a purple recolor of Terradive, the SR-71.
Name is based on the clawlike weapon called an orchid in Zelazny's
- Kalliope: Green and yellow oh-so-cute redesign
of Gunbarrel. Name inspired by the multibarreled powerguns called calliopes
in David Drake's Hammer's Slammers books. And with this one I made it
explicit that the trio was Mini-Con versions of the Powerpuff Girls.
- Battle Angel Ivanova: Babylon 5, transformed
into a giant robotic Susan Ivanova. Pencils only
- Spyglass: The More Than Meet The Eye:
Transformers Armada series made the Space Team into a pastiche of the
Fantastic Four...well, the three guys of the FF, anyway. So, of course, I
figured there was a need for a Sue Storm. She can become a sight on the
Requiem Blaster, improving accuracy. 5/8/04
- Ursacarae: Another AllSpark contest, this one
was to turn a fuzzy animal from some other series into a Transformer. I
chose Funshine Bear. Here's a template if you want
to make your own Care Bears up, with blank tummy-shield, and here's the original design sketch. You'll notice I changed the head
- Booster Gold/Skeets: AllSpark contest to make
a superhero into a TF with an altmode that is somehow apt. I have Booster
Gold turning into Skeets, and managed to make it not a complete shellformer,
despite Skeets essentially being an egg with fins. 6/6/05
- Andora: This is a Mercurian cruiser from the game
Rocketmen, transformed into a femmebot that bears no small resemblance to
Empress Armada of Mercury. Those big red and blue things are laser and
shield pods, respectively. 9/3/05.
- Transformers Dalek: A Dalek transformer,
shooting for something other than the obvious transform. Dunno if I'll do a
full drawing on this one or not. Earlier sketch.
- The Bug: A Kenguru
mini-car for people in wheelchairs, changed by Ted Kord (aka The Blue Beetle)
into a transforming mech for Oracle. Concept
sketch, colored concept sketch. Final drawing
- G-Shark: The July 2006 AllSpark Art Challenge was
to do a Transformer inspired by one of the summer 2006 wide release movies.
So I picked My Super Ex-Girlfriend, the ads for which featured G-Girl
throwing a shark at one point. Design sketch,
showing how the shark is put together. The final drawing does kinda hide the
- Cannonball: The August 2006 AllSpark Art
Challenge was to create one of the previous holders of the Cannonball name.
The Cybertron character of that name has a Dread Pirate Roberts sort of
backstory, in which several others have had the name. My entry has the
ambulance from Cannonball Run transforming into the first pirate to hold the
name. He turned to piracy after forced out of endurance racing. His first
mate Kaotiticon succeeded him as the second Cannonball, and he retired to
live off his ill-gotten booty. Mid-August 2006 (I forgot to date the
- Detonator: Design sketch of an AMC Gremlin
TF. I have since been reminded that it was the Pinto that was all explody,
so I'll probably tweak the design to turn into a Pinto if I ever complete
this. August 2006.
- Bytesize: A design I'd had kicking around for
over a year before modifying it and making him a her. Techspec. 11/6/06.
- Marrissoo: My entry in an "ultimate twinky fan
character" AllSpark Art Challenge. Bio Note. 9/6/07.
- Road Hazard: I got a Fairlady 2000 Matchbox car
and added some Autobot symbols to it. Then I decided to make a robot mode for
it. I gave him an obvious Fairlady Z family helmet, but otherwise went for a
totally different transformation scheme. December 24, 2016.
Other People's Characters
These are either someone else's design entirely, or somehow based on or
inspired by other people.
- Raksha: I messed up the way the head is supposed to
look, unfortunately. 3/26/95
- Beast Wars Seawing: Inspired by MSipher's
comments on an otherwise bad fanfic, I created this bat/dolphin Fuzor. The
drawing is of the toy, not the character, so it's got things like ball and
socket joints. 6/11/98
- TMII Robert Powers: Another "mistaken subject
line" gag from the newsgroups, like BW DVD. In this case, people were
discussing the strange powers granted by TMII sparks, and someone posted that
it looked like a discussion of a TMII Robert Powers (a regular on the
Transformers newsgroup). Powers chimed in that his beast form would be a
duck with a motorcycle third mode, and I immediately saw how this could
work. Note that the robot mode is "Romita-ized" (proportions altered to make
the robot mode look better than the toy would be) despite toy-like details.
I used some Pentel metallic gel pens in coloring this, and the chrome green
looks really nice in the actual drawing...but it didn't show up in the scan.
One transformation note: the duck bill halves swap out with the robot fists
in a manner similar to Mega TM Optimus Primal's forearms. 8/17/99
- Boost: A friend's Toyota Matrix drawn up as a
- Serenity-K: A friend of mine has a character
named Serena Chu (based on Serena Ku from Shadowfist) who he gets drawn at
every convention he attends that has an artist's alley. While at ConQuest
with him this spring, I decided to draw Serena as a transforming space ship
(inspired by, but not exactly modeled on, the Serenity from Firefly).
An installment of the Penny Arcade webcomic mentioned Eroticons, so of course
I had to create them. All images are Safe For Work, just sometimes a little
- Defunct: A fan character from the AllSpark
boards. Timbits are donut holes sold by the Tim Horton's chain. Assume that
he has a Double-Double in the off-screen hand. Drawn as part of an art
challenge, came in 5th out of 8. 9/7/05.
- Katy Dragon: From a friend's
Transformers/GaoGaiGar mashup fanfic, she's a Headmaster partner to KouRyu,
the maser truck Symmetric Docker from GaoGaiGar Final. Her cybernetics are
heavily influenced by Circuit Breaker, with a few bits borrowed from
Minerva's Headmaster armor and other sources. 12/6/09. In an earlier
version, she was more anime-ish (not to mention
more buxom, and the antennae were wrong), but my friend didn't care for that
so I adjusted the final pencils.
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