The above image of mohawk Storm is interesting to me due to its depiction of extreme light and shadow. Storm appears mentally focused on the the flare as it creates a beautiful contrast of light and dark. I find the three dimensional aspect of this sketch to be amazing.
I chose to share this sketch because Adams has not drawn Storm with the full mohawk he made famous (like the first image), but instead chose to draw a thinner, more subdued mohawk. It reminds me of how Barry Windsor-Smith used to render Storm. There’s quite a difference in this sketch and the one before it and I’m going to guess and say that this one was first. I love them both for different reasons. In the first image, Storm seems intent, focused and her clothes and hair have a lot of tiny Arthur Adams details. In this one, Storm seems more at ease and her design is a bit more streamlined. The feathers in the hair are a nice touch.
This is the original art for the 1991 Marvel Super-Hero trading card. This is one of the few instances that we see Storm sporting a short cropped hairstyle. I love Adams’ sleek handling of this costume. However, I prefer Storm with a long mane. It’s more dynamic with her power set.