Sunday, August 14, 2011

MAKING A MARK: Aaron Limonick - The Transformative Concept Artist

Twice a week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Aaron Limonick, an American illustrator who proves great in the thought 'A concept artist would be a great gig' - is a hell of an understatement. What would you know him from? How about Tony Hawk or Transformers: War for Cyberton?

Don't you love those massive Transformer battles where you try to identify all the characters? Remember to click to enlarge - to fully get the genius of this one, you're going to have to! 

I'm not sure what stamps it's authority on my mind most a) Aaron's cosmic colours b) the cool crops you can make zooming in on your favourite characters like Soundwave or c) the match-up's involved - forget Prime vs 'tron, check out Omega Supreme vs Trypticon!

I originally chose these two because one nailed the scale that made the original Venom such a great addition to the Spidey-verse, and the other - well it's Nightcrawler, 'nuff said. 

Notice how when you place them side-by-side, with the dark coming in from the edges of both, Kurt starts to look a little more sinister than usual and seems to share a likeness with the symbiote.

'And so we started with men of metal, we close with men of mettle'...

Drawn like this, I could watch Iron Man smash Dreadnoughts all day. For Batman/Spawn and a whole lot more, visit Aaron Limonick at his personal website just by clicking 'Show me Cyberton baby!'


  1. this guy has got a knack for illustrating robots and armored characters. i'd love to see him do a rendering of ROM spaceknight.

  2. That would be cool Dave - especially with how he renders space!

  3. not only does he have my first name :) his artwork is also amazing..great pick Dan

  4. Ha! Thanks IFF - you wait till next Wednesday's Making A Mark lands and I spring Dan Lee upon the world ;D

    Glad you liked Aaron's art as much as I did!

  5. It reminds me of the old posters printed on the back sides of the catalogs they shipped with each and every Transformer. And if you think his robots are good, you should see the backdrops the artists came up with for that game. They really fleshed out the planet Cybertron perfectly.

  6. That's what I was reminded of too Craig - and doing the jigsaw's I used to get of those images. Do we still have jigsaws?

    There is some concept art of Cyberton and other places on Aaron's website - not sure if it is the same game, but it's impressive all the same!

    Maybe we should open up the world's first official concept art coolness grading service! What do you reckon?

  7. I'd say we've found our standard to grade all others. I'd always planned on getting one of each of the posters professionally framed (I kept almost all of them). I think I may get this one done instead.