I began this blog with an image of Storm by John Bolton and I think it only fitting that I feature his work on the Sunday before my birthday this Tuesday! My first X-Men comic was Classic X-Men #3 and it included a backup story written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Bolton that simply blew me away. His style was so radically different from any other superhero work I had seen. For lack of a better term, the characters and scenes seemed more realistic. There is an emotional urgency and fragility that pervades his work. I think it helps immensely that Claremont’s backup stories are smaller in scope, containing hidden moments in the lives of the X-Men that really suit Bolton’s deceptively simple approach to linework (You’ll notice that every line is working for the narrative, no unnecessary cross-hatching here, folks). I find his costume design to be rather elegant as well. My favorite aspect of his art is how Bolton captures the entire emotional spectrum in his character’s reactions.
I wanted to represent some pencils of Storm by John Bolton (top image) as well as a page from Classic X-Men (above) and a convention sketch (below) to show you his always top notch artistry. Each of these images really captures the grace and grandeur that is Ororo Munroe.
I like how Storm’s limbs are elongated here. She looks almost like a pixie (the vengeful kind, not the Disney kind). One more thing: John Bolton always gets the tiara right, no matter the angle *grin*.