Thursday, February 9, 2012

Snake Eyes #9 Cover...

Starting with the cover to issue #9 I got to start doing images based on the interior story. Previously the covers were more "iconic" or a stand alone shot of SnakeEyes looking cool, or posing cool. Finally I got to draw him actually DOING something cool. Like taking on a 10 foot mech with just a sword and a knife.

Now look, I know it's a bit ridiculous, but for me I revel in it! I'm not saying I want Snake Eyes to be indestructible or infallible, but I think it's a common consensus that he's the most skilled and deadly GI JOE. For the cover, not only do I get to draw a flippin' awesome ninja, but I get to draw big robots! For me it doesn't get better.

I've often wondered what it would have been like to work on Transformers instead of GI JOE, and while I think I would enjoy it, I would need to do a few test pages first. I like to draw a lot of detail, but page after page of it takes a very specific kind of artist. At least with this cover, I got to draw the big robot, but what really makes it stand out is that it's framed with the jungle and all kinds of organic textures. I liked the idea of the cover from the begining, a classic David vs. Goliath, Ninja vs. Robot, Machine vs. goes on and on!

Snake Eyes #9 Cover Process - 220

Options A and B that I sent to the Editors John and Carlos. We all liked A, but I wanted to change SE's pose.

I didn't really have a penciled stage here. I sketched in the basic shapes then just started inking. I needed to save time.

Once again Simon does a bang up job on the colors and really makes this come to life!

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  1. Gotta say, I love option B too. It's got a great David vs Goliath feel to it.

  2. yeah there is something for that lone character flying through the air attacking something seemingly indestructible. That can happen where I like both sketches and only get to do one. However some times I can recycle the cover sketches, but I doubt I'll be drawing this scenario again, so I thought I could show both, heh.

  3. Really like the way you draw all the Joe characters. Great stuff

  4. Really cool cover Robert! I used to be way into Battletech back in the day and this is like the of both worlds. SE would totally take that 'mech apart! Also, I love the contrast between the 'mech and the jungle. Again, great work!


  5. Not only a really cool take on the subject (Man v. Machine, etc), but I like the minor redesign of the 'Mech. If the toys had two chain guns instead of gimmicky spring launchers, I might've bought more.