Today I thought I’d share my illustration for the P.O.C. Cobra Fury Alley Viper.  Hasbro went through several changes in this line and as a result this piece, like several others I painted, was never actually produced.  The figure below was packaged with a Cobra vehicle.  Click on any of the images for a larger view.

Alley Viper prototype figure provided by Hasbro.

To give this guy a dynamic pose I set up my tripod and shot some reference.  I know his face is covered, so I have no explanation for my expression, hah.  My son even helped out by throwing on his ninja gear and letting me snap a few picts of his mask.  Once Hasbro approved the photos, I began my drawing.  I didn’t spend too much time on my pencils so I would have more time to paint.

Viper Pose and Mask Reference.

Alley Viper Rough and Line drawing.

In addition to my photos, I downloaded several .jpegs of military gear and weapons to make this painting as accurate as possible.  With only three days left on my deadline, it was definitely time to paint!  As with all my other pieces, I blocked in the basic colors and forms first, then worked the detail.  Since this guy is wearing all black I had to focus on textures and lighting to make him pop.  Because the transitions are so subtle he was a bit more challenging than the others.

Working color block step one.

Working Color Block Step Two.

Working Color Block Step Three.

Working Color Block Step Four.

Approved Final Artwork (click to enlarge).

As I mentioned earlier, even though my painting was approved, in the end they went with another artist for the box art.  This is the version that was used.

Alley Viper File Card.

I just want to give a shout and thanks to user WreckedUm for finding what my file card art “would have” looked like had it been used for retail!  See below.  Let me know what you think.  I’ll be posting a new painting next week.  As always, Please comment, subscribe, and share!  YO JOE!