Every few years remember about the Metal Gear franchise, go through the games, read the lore again. This year I found the MGS1 artbook I got when I was 11, and now not being 11 and looking back through it I’ve really gone on a journey of wonderment and confusion looking at the early versions of everything. LET ME SHOW YOU HOW:
Extreme Fishin’ Miller
Rad Liquid & Sad Liquid
Good ol’ Faceless Frank
Mantis concepts feat. such strong looks as ‘lunchbreak’, ‘invisible handcuffs’, and ‘dick sounds’.
Otacon and Otacon run through a tiny face filter.
Snake-Meryl (Sneryl) and Flamethrower Mei Ling who I am ASHAMED do not exist
Utterly terrifying Veiny Raven and less terrifying Mange Raven
Here’s all my Amano style MGS characters together! I really like the look of the lot of them. Now I want to design some watercolor type group images.
Some design notes:
Snake is the one where I feel like I got to have the most fun with patterns. Since his outfit is pretty monochrome I wanted to explore textures and patterns as much as Amano does. Also his sneaking suit reminds me of a ninja in a lot of ways, so I kind of tried to make him look like that kind of lithe, svelte sort of soldier.
Meryl’s design was done with her quote, “I’m more comfortable with it (the gun) than a bra” in mind. XD For some reason that made me want to give her a semi-armor gilded boustier? She still has camo pants because she’s a tough cookie.
Hal is simple but I love him. His face is remniscent of Vivi from FF9, but he has the markings of a white mage. I think he’d be the sort of mage who uses potions and elixirs to help rather than flat out magic. He’s a little weird looking, but shaped like a friend.
LIQQUIIID was one where I got to have a lot of fun. I basically mashed up his MGS1 and TPP looks and then ran them from a FF filter. XD You can see his shoulder scarf and beaded/tooth necklaces coming into play. I think his tattoo probably shows up somewhere as well, maybe on his gloves?
Wolf I kind of imagined as one of those ultra-glamorous vilanesses. The ones where you actually kind of trust them in the first half of the game? Also, because she so used to cold temperatures, I wanted to give her furs, but also play up the cleavage the way her bodysuit in MGS1 does. I think I’d like to tinker with this and maybe give her a long coat with (kind of ermine fur style) instead.
Mantis was SO FUN TO DO. I basically woke up with ideas and sat right down to draw them out. I tried to incorporate backstory into this idea. Whereas Hal is a white mage, Mantis is obviously a black mage, and since one of the earliest forces a black mage uses is fire, I wanted to give his robes a singed look. He has a skull mask instead of a gas mask, but you can see his mop of red hair poking out from under that massive hat. Just like his game appearances, I wanted to make use of straps, but also have the robed look of a mage.
Now that I have some designs hammered out, I’m going to work on some full compositions!