I did the subscription cover for GI Joe: A Real American Hero #228. I was given the directions “it’s an all-female issue. So fit as many of the girl characters you can on the cover.”

There really aren’t a lot of female Joe/Cobra characters, so I got to 5 before I really had to start thinking. The first stage for me is sketch out boring ideas first. Because first ideas are usually boring.

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Very boring. And it doesn’t really make sense to have all the Joes and Cobra ladies standing together for a photo shoot.  So, I went to the montage.

 

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More interesting and makes more sense. My editor liked this one so I scanned in the thumb and did the pencils in Manga Studio. Then I remembered Jinx.

 

 

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Lady count: 6.

I printed it out in blueline and did the inks by hand.

 

 

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Then back to the computer for colors. I did the flats/shadows/highlights on the figures in Manga Studio. I like the feel of the brushes there better for figures than in Photoshop.

 

 

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Then the final textures and an overlay hue in Photoshop.

 

 

 

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Done! Then they put the logo and stuff on it, and there you have a GI Joe cover.

 

 

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Except this is from the solicitaion. If you notice in this version Baroness has a sharper jawline and is a bit more busty. Hasbro wanted that changed so I had to go do a little surgery on her. (The images above are the fixed versions.)

Now go out and buy a bunch of copies!

 

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