Here are some more sketches made during the research phase for Transformers vs. G.I.Joe. At this point in the process I’m riffing on the source material, getting a feel for the characters and generating the earliest bits and pieces of story elements.
There are lots of different ways to draw Duke.
The character with the beard is Mercer, the ex-Cobra-Viper who was one of Sgt. Slaughter’s Marauders. If you’ve seen the cover art to the Transformers vs. G.I.Joe Free Comic Book Day issue, you’ll see that the M.A.C. helicopter backpack made it in to the actual comic.
Since there are comparatively few female Transformers, I’m trying to learn as much as I can about all of them.
The “Peace Thru War” poster is from G.I. Joe #3. The two drawings on the right are riffs based on images in Jack Kirby’s 2001 #5, a comic that’s haunted me since I first discovered it at a flea market in the early 90’s.