While Jax initially has his arms in place – before Ermac rips them apart – most of the other characters remain the same, with only slight changes being made throughout the course of the franchise and for this game in particular. I made the head belong to a Masked Guard ’cause I like them but didn’t have any other place to draw ’em since they’re not name-characters. They’re both half-Chinese, half-white, but in my head Kuai Liang should always look a little bit more like John Turk so I figure his brother takes after their dad’s side more in the face. Many people depict him being pale like a zombie, but I think It fits more for someone who’s a mix of many different people to have more of a mixed-race skintone. The gold metallic accents shine without being an eyesore while blending alongside the orange clothing. Cut the two figures on the sleeves of the suit in gold fabric.
One thing I didn’t get to do with Sonya is, she also wears a little black choker with a gold ring in the center in some of the games, and I wanted to include it like I did the thong, but obviously I couldn’t because it wouldn’t go well with the dogtags and her alt is a turtleneck. One major thing I added to Sonya is the little wired device on her wristband with the pink sparks.
The other thing I wanted to do with Bi-Han to separate him from his brother was put the ice on his arms. I’ve always thought of him as less powerful than his brother before he got the medallion – not a lot less, only slightly, but enough that I’d want to show it visually, because Bi-Han was much later into his career and famous as the Lin Kuei’s greatest warrior until he died. But by sitting on one and snapping it our pit bull, Elaya, showed me that they just weren’t strong enough. For his mantle, originally I had drawn him with a very generic and boring one with a sort of movie-style smooth leather texture, which I wasn’t satisfied with, but then Fezat1 did an Ermac design that I thought was genius.
I thought putting a loose hood like Scorpion’s over top of his facewraps would give him a more “MK1” look. Course, Proce’s had a sheriff badge for the belt buckle, but I thought a Special Forces logo would fit there better. It’s a great reference to Reptile, one made even better as the skin is a colour swapped version of Scorpion’s classic look, just like all the ninjas in the originals. I did make his wrist-cuffs a bit fancier and add a stripe to his belt for a little color and help him fit in with all the other updated characters, but I didn’t feel the need to radically deviate from his classic look. Then I used black leather shoe polish to change the color from dirty brown to shiny black. The skin actually feels pretty ghoulish, almost like a Halloween look, not only due to the orange and brown colours.