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Marvel Universe Vol.2: X-Men by alexmax Marvel Universe Vol.2: X-Men by alexmax
Wow, long overdue. After doing The Avengers, some people asked me if I could do The X-Men. Was meaning to have them done months ago, but ruth is there were a few false starts, they just were not turning out right, don't have the feel for these guys.

I'm not going to delve much into describing what I was thinking while doing each one of these, there's a risk it could turn into a rant of how much I don't like The X-Men. Don't expect a second round of X-Men characters, sorry.

Left to Right: Psylocke, Jean Grey (aka Phoenix, Marvel Girl), Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit.

All in all, once I got the ball rolling it was fun doing these, but I hope you like them better than me.
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Cogswheel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
It looks like Cyclops is dating Storm, but is checking out Jean while Storm gets ready to hit him with lightning XD
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AeroHybrid Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Awesome dude :D
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alexmax Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
you're welcome ;)
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DeorMontego Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013

Great art. If only, Psylocke's sexiness doesn't match with that haircut. Ah, and your Wolverine is GREAT!

 

(En serio, se habrá puesto de moda entre las mujeres afeitarse la cabeza, pero es que ahí arriba sí me gusta que tengan pelo! XD )

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alexmax Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Siendo honesto, tampoco me gusta, pero queria darle algún detalle diferente a Psylocke. En cualquier caso es menos feo que tener un rayo rojo tatuado en la cara, y eso si sucedió en los comics.  jajaja
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DeorMontego Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013

¡Oye! ¡Que lo del rayo rojo molaba! (Aunque no te falta razón, Psylocke va necesitada de alguna innovación... ¡pero es tan difícil sacarla de su traje tradicional...! Je, je!)

 

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alexmax Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
¡Oh, perdón! Jajaja. Como el rayo rojo apareció durante la época que deje de leer Marvel, siempre lo asocio como algo malo. :)
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Kylefitzpatrick1986 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
These are great... What program do u use? Iv started out with sketchbook pro. I particularly like the effects on gambit. Great wirk
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alexmax Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I use Illustrator for most of what I have in my galleries, like the superhero lineups. I also use Photoshop, for the artwork in the "bitmap fanart" folder.
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Kylefitzpatrick1986 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Good to know thanks for replying, I'm going to look at photoshop etc when I can finally upgrade to a mac, just using my iPad and SBP for now
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alexmax Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem. There are other programs, the program is not what makes the art. I've heard good things of a program called PaintTool SAI. I think it is free. Not sure if it works for PC only, or if it works on macs as well. I tried it, but the interface looked a little complicated, and I didn't feel like spending time to learn how to use yet another program.
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Kylefitzpatrick1986 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Yh man I hear u, sketchbook interface seems pretty easy so far, photoshop looks similar from what iv seen. Ideally I'd like a Wacom cintiq lol
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Cool
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alexmax Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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murder66669 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Well, i do like the x-men better than all of DC, this looks good!
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alexmax Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm happy you liked these X-Men. :)
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rojo77 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
awesome
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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garrison12795 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Alright, that Storm looks amazing! :D
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I think the backlight shading helps giving her that dramatic look! :)
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Dragon-Kid Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
You should put Cyclops in the center instead of Storm, because he's the de-facto leader or Wolverine because he's the freakin' Ensemble Darkhorse of the franchise.

As for Jean Grey, for me, is more better as Phoenix, but it's your choice.

If you ever makes the said second round of X-Men, you would include the three remaining originals (Angel, Beast and Iceman) and four fan-favorites (Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Emma Frost)

Otherwise, thanks. That was a hard work of yours, alexmax.
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Storm in the center was more a thing of negative space than anything else: Cyclops' leg works to the right of Jean Grey, Wolverine's claws fit under Storm. Storm was leader of the X-Men when was leading X-Factor, so I guess that works.

Jean Grey has had so, so many different uniforms, I just went with the X-Factor one because I don't see a lot of fanart in those colors.

Don't know about doing more X-Men. Maybe, but not likely.

Thanks for the comment! :D
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Luinsaro Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Yowza! You got my favorite top two right off: Gambit, and Wolverine! And I love the Gambit...perfect! Logan's a little harder I think because he's such a compact little ball of lethalness that it's hard to get proportions right for him. But it looks terrific!
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wolverine was tough to do for me, in part because I don't like that character at all. I used to, back when I liked Marvel, I guess it was impossible to like Marvel and not like Wolverine too. Having a hard time getting Wolverine right took several tries.
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Luinsaro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
You should see my tries at getting Logan right...the ones I consider "reasonable" have a manila folder at least half an inch thick. I use plain old white computer paper for practice... o_O
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know you make superhero logos/insignia/shields folding paper (is it origami, or a different thing?). Wolverine has no insignia you can work with... what do you do? his mask? the claws?
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Luinsaro Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
It's not origami, it's called Iris Folding. It's a very simple paper-fold-and-stack technique from Holland. And I actually am having a serious think on how I could do a Wolverine card, probably using the mask. Been thinking on it for a while and have gotten nowhere yet.

But it is a challenge, as is Gambit, who really doesn't have a symbol outside of the cards. I could do a silhouette of the four aces for him, but I'm not sure. It's just as hard of a puzzle as figuring out how to do Boba Fett -- helmet? Mythosaur skull? Hmmm...
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Imagined it was not origami, that's why I had to ask. Good luck figuring those characters out, surely you will come up with something! :)
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wolvie's colors look really interesting! I was a big X-men fan in the early 90s, so I love that you were able to incorporate those looks, but give them a new twist. I'd be really interested in hearing you rant about the X-men, actually. I'm not a huge fan of any of the current Marvel books, but X-men in particular seems to have dropped off since their heyday.
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hmmm, let's see...

I was a major fan of Marvel, when I was younger, back then, I would read 90% Marvel and maybe 10% DC. With Spider-Man's clone saga, Heroes Reborn and Wolverine turning into some sort of ape (all this around 1995) I couldn't stand it anymore and dropped all the Marvel books.

While standing on DC's side of the isle, it looked like the X-Men books were nothing more than a infinite soap-opera with an ever revolving door of mutants; villains that would turn good, join the X-men, and later turn bad again; major characters that would die, only to return in a month or two; and Wolverine, Wolverine everywhere, in every cover, in every team (even The Avengers!) all the time.

DC is not that different really (even less so these days, having a lot of the same people that worked at Marvel in the 90's), with Batman. Until some 10 or 11 years ago it felt like, or at least I felt like, Superman was a close 2nd behind Batman, but since then, (maybe because of the lawsuit) DC treated Superman as a C-lister. The current DC Universe is nothing more than Heroes Reborn 15 years later.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha!! Y'know, that's exactly what I said when I first saw some of the designs! I think the "Heroes Reborn-esque" look is mostly because of Jim Lee's design aesthetic and (as you said) all of those 90's artists that Lee brought to the DC fold. There are definite bright spots in DC's line, though. The first six issues of Aquaman were great. I keep hearing that Earth 2 is really good, as well. And since I'm a life-long He-man fan, of course I'm overjoyed that DC is publishing a new (and awesome!) Masters of the Universe book.

Marvel...not so much with the bright spots :( I used to read The Ultimates religiously, but the Ultimate universe is no just as convoluted as the regular one. Most of their books right now are just flat out BAD. Honestly, if I see one more X-man or Avenger giving a press conference in a Marvel comic, I'm going to throw up.
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I will say this about Marvel though, I will never read one of their comics again, but they have me with their movies (Marvel Studios only!).

DC/WB make me sad with their sorry attempts at doing superhero movies. I'd love to see a true Superman movie. I now know enough about Man Of Steel to think it will be another disappointment.
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, Marvel has the market cornered on live action movies. If DC's live action stuff was half as good as their animated stuff (Green Lantern being a prime example) or their video games, they would have the market cornered. I am really excited to see Man of Steel, though. I actually still watch Superman Returns from time to time (even though I know it's awful), so it won't be hard to make a Superman movie that I'll enjoy. I'm quite biased toward Big Blue :)
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JMoney667 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE THIS!!! AMAZING JOB!!!
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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JMoney667 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NP! Keep up the great work!
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rolito86 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
oh my god, excellent draw dude, wolverine and gambit are awesone
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
¡Gracias! :)
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StrahlFenrir Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Finally. Love. It.
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Seems like it was worth the wait ;)
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
awesome
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ur welcome
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Cool
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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Bonehead-XL Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
One of the things I like about these portraits you do, is how you combine the various looks the characters have had over the years. Storm with the mo-hawk in the white suit, so forth. Nice!
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, I didn't mean that "mine" are better or improve on the originals, or anything like that. My intention is just to make them different, just to make them my own.
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, that's a very deliberate choice. Unless I think I the character is perfect the way it looks (say, Superman, Spider-Man, etc.) so I don't touch they look. Storm's do is not exactly the mohawk, but more like the one that came right after that, which was very short, like the mohawk was growing, only difference is I gave her an "undercut" (and to Psylocke too!).

Thanks for the comment! :)
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alexmax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Should proof-read crap like this before submitting the comment. Yikes.
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