For those familiar with the animated GI JOE: Resolute and GI JOE: Renegades, you'll immediately see some appropriated details. Mostly the half toned sleeves, shoulder straps, knee pads and shin armor. I've also changed his boots to more closely resemble those interpretations.
|From the Resolute design I used the chest harness, the gloves, knee pads and shin armor|
|From the 30th Anniversary figure I used the two toned arms and side panels on his midsection.|
Snake Eyes Design - 261
Snake Eyes has 4 primary weapons that he uses on a regular basis in our story. His Katana (long sword), his Cuma Tak Ri (that wicked knife), an UZI submachine gun, and a 1911 Colt .45 hand gun as a side arm. So my challenge is how to equip him with these weapons that would be easiest to carry, draw the weapon (not artistically), and then wield the weapon. I've always assume SE was right handed. That would make it his sword arm, and I'd put his side arm on that leg.
On his left leg I have pouches to hold the magazines for his hand gun. I designed those to sit at an angle, just to look different, but also I'd think SE might be able to pull them faster at an angle.
This isn't exactly the design I use in the book, but it's from an illustration I did earlier in the year, and I liked how it looks.
Already the changes I've made for the interior art makes the cover I drew inaccurate, and it drives me crazy. But most designs will evolve as you draw them through sequential art to find what makes the most sense or looks the best.
Part Two I'll describe the other weapons he's using...