Baroness and Destro
last week marked the 50th anniversary of the toy line that revolutionized the industry. though I’m not a fan myself, the action figures which I do collect would not exist if not for the success of G.I. Joe. I won’t go into a history lesson about how these toys came to be, and how much they’ve evolved since their initial launch, but if you know anything about the mythology of this universe, then you should know Baroness and Destro. while I normally seek some background before drawing a character, the client explained that he didn’t want them in costume or anything, just the two of them in 70s attire. this allowed me to focus on the fashion more than “okay, what are they doing here?” though I understand he’s an arms dealer, so you can guess what’s in the briefcase. I thought she should have some old-fashioned class to her, so I gave her a slim cigarette and jewelry, but kept her clothes fashionably casual. I made it a point for his collar to be a 70s sort of loose and for their pants to go up pretty high. his necklace, her glasses, and of course, his metal face are really the only things that give away who they are, so (though you can’t see them) I hid two COBRA logos. one on the case, and the other on her ring. the whole thing’s done in pen, pencil, Sharpie, and Charcoal.