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Tag: Classic X-Men

Storm Sunday Extra: Felipe Massafera

x-men by felipe massafera

Artist Felipe Massafera created this wonderful painting which features many classic X-Men heroes and villains.  Sharing center stage are Storm and Dark (!) Phoenix and just look at all of that hair!  I’m a bit baffled as to why Storm is wearing her classic costume while folks like Psylocke and Bishop are in their 90s era costumes.  And then there’s Phoenix in her red costume (which means she’s evil) instead of her green one (which means she’s good) just floating in the midst of the good guys.  It’s a bit jarring but every time I start to continuity nitpick, the sheer beauty of this artwork shuts me up my inner critic.

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Storm Sunday: Steve Lightle, Part II

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From The Legion of Super-Heroes to Classic X-Men, the artwork of Steve Lightle has always captivated me.  I remember poring over his designs on Marvel’s trading cards.  My favorite was his rendition of the X-Men versus the Marauders.  Now that is how you draw a battle, especially such a milestone in the X-Men’s history!  It was with great excitement that I came across the images of Storm and Colossus from today’s post.

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Storm Sunday: Paul Abrams

Classic Storm by Paul Abrams

The gorgeous image of Storm before you was rendered by the pencils of Paul Abrams.  Somehow both lush and bold, Abrams’ lines depict a Storm who looks like she sat for a portrait but couldn’t help making the winds toss her hair around for dramatic effect.  Serene and sensuous, this Storm is simply amazing.

Storm by Abrams

This beautiful Paul Abrams sketch of Storm is for sale on his site for only $85.00! Now you gracious readers know a great gift idea for Yours Truly! Seriously, you must check out Abrams’ site for more beautiful art that you could have for your very own! Abrams’ has drawn almost character you can think of (And he takes commissions)!

Storm by Paul Abrams

Another gorgeous pencil rendering by Paul Abrams! Check out the level of detail in this drawing! (Click on this image and the ones below for a larger format).

X-Treme Storm by Paul Abrams

X-Treme X-Men Storm looks commanding and regal in this image.  Abrams knows his characters!

Storm by Paul Abrams

An inked version of Classic Storm.

Paul Abrams Classic Storm

And finally, a variation on the image with which I began this post.  Lovely.  Why doesn’t this guy have his own Wikipedia page?

Colossus by John Bolton

I always enjoy looking at an artist’s original pencil artwork before it is inked. It’s fascinating to examine how much the image changes.  Of course, the before and after difference varies from artist to artist.  For instance, compare the pencils and inks in the artwork below by John Bolton.  His portrait of Colossus (from Classic X-Men #5‘s back cover) is radically different from inception to finished product.

In this pencil drawing, Bolton explores the planes on Piotr’s face leaving no contour undiscovered.  The differences in line darkness, shading and gray tones add dimension to the portrait.

In the inked version the gray tones are gone, leaving only the basic design.  All of the exploratory linework prepared the way for this clean, concise and robust image.  
It’s important to mention that this art is from 1987.  John Bolton has created a prolific artist portfolio since his time on Classic X-Men.  One would expect that his artistic process has evolved quite a bit since this time.  However, his work from his X-Men era certainly holds up as classic design.  For more John Bolton artwork check out his website or comicartfans

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