Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

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Leave a Trail

The Heart of the Matter Collage Art Sketch Book

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is my practice to have a sketch book on my person to record my thoughts or draw ideas.  I am one of those creatures who believes that when the Muse strikes, you must write it down or you deserve the forgetfulness that follows.  This rather peculiar perspective has amounted to a small library of my own journals, bursting with half-formed dreams, unfinished watercolors, notes from books I have read and theories on the Tarot, numerology and astrology.  There are also sketches of wildflowers, superheroes and gods.  Sometimes I tape in an inspirational postcard or magazine page.  A few movie theater stubs are scattered here and there with names scrawled beside them, fellow attendees of that moment in time.  From time to time, I do open one of these books and find renewal.  Mostly, I use my journals to keep me firmly grounded in the present lest my head explode with all of the incoming information.  I like to consecrate each new book with a collage of images that will serve me with fuel until I fill up its contents.  A plain unadorned book simply will not do.  I have to cultivate the personality of the tome before I can interact with it. So many blank pages can be daunting otherwise.

Recently, I made four sketch books, imbuing them with specific stories and spells, and realized that none of them were for me.  I had made them for someone else!  I now present them to you and if you feel so inclined as to desire one for your self or a loved one, you may do so in the stormantic Magick Shop!  You can also click on the titles of the books to get to their individual sale pages. Otherwise, please enjoy my humble presentation.

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Storm Sunday: Arthur Adams, Part VI


What’s this?  Another post about Arthur Adams?  It’s hardly a surprise that I chose to feature him once again.  Regular readers know that it was an issue of Classic X-Men that turned me on to Storm in the first place, so when I find more artwork from that era, I can hardly wait to share it with you, dear reader.  And when you see what we have to today, I think you’ll permit me the indulgence of including his his amazing artwork once again.  You may click on each image to see them in a larger format.

Simply feast your eyes on Adams’ renderings of the international X-team in black and white and then compare it with its colored version!  Magnificent, yes?  Well, you cannot convince me otherwise.  From the detail on Thunderbird’s fringe (that would be the Native American member, natch) to the explosion of Nightcrawler’s teleportation, Adams’ art is topnotch!  Storm’s cape has real dimensionality to it and Colossus looks solid as organic steel should.  Let’s keep going.


Here we have the original team (with latecomers Havok & Polaris) striking a fierce pose (especially Marvel Girl who is working those hips).  I am a big geek about seeing original artwork with the page notes and the pasted on lettering.  Arthur Adams gives these characters a sense of menace because in this issue the international team has to fight the original team.  In comics, this is a traditional coming of age event.  New versus old to prove their worth.  Too bad the original guys aren’t what they seem, so they aren’t really fighting the real McCoys (pun intended for Beast).  That’s no matter though, as the X-Men versus X-Men trope will be trotted out many, many times more (especially by Chris Claremont).  I have to admit, it’s not a trope that gets old for me.  I enjoy seeing superheroes fight amongst each other every now and again.


So this is what I’m especially excited about sharing with you, dear reader!  I found this preliminary sketch that Arthur Adams used to get to his final artwork for the cover of Classic X-Men #1.  I was two months behind even knowing about this image when I found this title on the spinner rack (Yes, that was a different time, indeed), but I scrambled to find it and when I did, I was blown away by how cool Adams made everybody look!

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This is the result of all those rough lines!  Awesome, right?  And to think, this was all the members of the X-Men at that time (Yes, I know Professor X, Mimic and Changeling aren’t shown, but their was no precedent yet for Charles going in the field with his “students” and the Changeling was dead and the Mimic too, I believe).  Still, even though I love many of the characters who followed in the fine footsteps of these folks, I have a soft spot in my heart for each and every one of these X-Men (even you, Sunfire).


These are the pencils for the cover to Classic X-Men #2.  The note at the top of the page that calls attention to “Bug-Girl” is referring to Dragonfly, a character I always thought had a striking visual with her antennae, red skin and magenta hair.  I love the slanted perspective of this cover and how it adds energy to the impending battle.

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This cover of Classic X-Men #12 is an homage to X-Men #1 when the original five members fought Magneto (the villain most associated with Marvel’s Merry Mutants).  I love how Angel is swapped out for Banshee, Colossus is extra (and no help due to his metal form against the Master of Magnetism), Nightcrawler subs for Beast, Storm for Marvel Girl and Wolverine for Iceman (probably the funnier swap, although snowballs and metal claws are equally useless against Magneto).  I like the “Kirby Crackles” around Storm’s hands, which was a stylistic device mostly used by her creator, Dave Cockrum and later abandoned by subsequent artists.

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