Blade and Striker are awaiting their orders, and find themselves surrounded by Ninjas and assorted bad guys in the Data East cover art awaiting you at the show!!
|Eyes of Blade as he contemplates the odds, surrounded by
chain and Shirukin equipped henchmen.
|IT'S ON!! ..But Striker needs to beware the Shuriken!!
|Blade's Cobra quick fists of steel measure the
moment of action
Striker lashes a roundhouse kick into the midsection of a sword wielding Ninja, as another waits for his opening to hurl his Kurumaken at Striker's jugular. The Metropolis is in an uproar, as the kidnapped president is being spirited away, as the Dudes fight for their lives, spinning, chopping and kicking to stay alive against the legions thrown against them!!
DUDES I HAVE KNOWN.Bad Dudes has always been one of my favorite game covers. In September, 1988 I had been contacted by Connie Freeman at Data East about a fighting game with a plot that revolved around rescuing our President from malevolent forces. They wanted the two featured protagonists prominent on the cover, with drama and action, in a city setting. It sounded great and I got to work on step one of my process: The staging rough. This was typically a few quick renditions of possible arrangements for the illustration.
STEP ONE: Staging Rough
STEP TWO: Color rough
The staging rough was followed by the color rough. In those days, I would xerox the staging rough, and proceed to work out my color suggestions at my North Beach studio in San Francisco, in ad markers, and a bit of gouache and airbrush. Again, a very quick exercise, usually under an hour. This I would send by Fedex to the client for approval.
|I have several of my original color roughs in my collection, sadly
Bad Dudes is not one of them. What you see here was done in Photoshop,
and very closely mimics what a color rough circa 1988 looked like.
THE PHOTO SHOOT
Now for the fun! Gathering together my cast of willing friends and associates, we always posed for one another, in this case my stalwart, Carl Buell, and an amazing North Beach martial artist by the name of Darryl Chan, an incredible guy! A Hollywood stunt man and actor he has appeared in Pirates of the Carribean, Dead Man's Chest, and World's End releases, and too many films to mention, since the day in '88 when we shot these.
|Darryl was critical in getting the major poses for Blade and Striker correct, as you can see in transparencies 4 and 13, and in pummeling Carl an me into submission throughout the shoot!