As a product of the 80's I was fortunate enough to be exposed to the best cartoons and the greatest toy lines as a kid.
One of the greatest cartoons and toy lines were the Transformers! I still own my originals and when I can, I seek out the elusive Masterpiece Transformers manufactured today..30 years later.
So yes it is the greatest toy line ever!!! suck it Go-bots!!!
So enough about how awesome the toys were. The greatest Transformer of all time was Autobot Optimus Prime. He was the leader of the good guys and led his Autobots against the evil Decepticons.
In 1986 Transformers the Movie was released. I went to see it in the theater, and to my horror, Optimus Prime was killed off about 10 minutes into the flick. My 9 year old self shed a tear for the fallen leader...OK several perhaps...OK I may have been sobbing...it was a long time ago...
He was killed off to make room for the new line of Transformer toys, and they eventually brought him back to life later in the TV series, so no big deal. I can say that now with getting choked up.
Anyways so I had an idea for this illustration quite a while ago but never got around to drawing it. I'm sure everyone at one time or another has been to a grandparents house or an older relatives house, and seen a picture on the wall of Jesus with his fingers in the air and a glowing heart on fire. Here is a version of the pic I'm referring to.
Well for some reason I wanted to draw Optimus in the same gestured pose only instead of the Sacred Heart, It would be the Sacred Matrix.
The Matrix was introduced in the 86 movie that made me cry. It was carried by the leader of the Autobots, whomever that was.
So I figured Jesus came back from the dead...Optimus came back from the dead...and blah blah blah blah blah...
Here is the initial sketch, followed by the finished illustration.