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X-Men Annual Cover by diablo2003 X-Men Annual Cover by diablo2003
The cover for X-men Annual #1 penciled, inked, and colored by me. 48 page double sized issue written by Mike Carey out in January so make sure you grab a copy!=)

And just because a lot of people ask, Penciled with Faber-Castell Grip 2001 size H pencils, Inked with Copic Multiliner pens and ink brushes all on 13X19 Bristol board and then colored in Photoshop 5.5. I also get asked a lot for tips on how to color. The truth is, I really couldn't tell you. Not that I don't want to but my method was learned simply by sitting down and spending hours playing with Photoshop and figureing out how things work to get the image to look the way I want(often failing miserably). My method is extremely slow and varies from image to image so there's no right or wrong way to color, just the method that works best for you. Trial and error is the sure-fire way to get better at something. You just have to be willing to dedicate the time to it and be prepared for heartache and frustration along the way.

Hope you like!
-Mark
myspace: [link]

Also, my 2006-2007 sketchbook is still available for anyone interested in purchasing one. Just shoot an e-mail to markbrooksart@msn.com and we'll get back to you with ordering instructions. You can also see the latest journal entry for more details.
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:iconhafranaslam:
HafranAslam Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
wow my mind say to this picture 'lesbian time rogue with mystique'??! But who the hell two people behind??
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ScottKatelyn Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's cool. Who are the two people behind Rouge and Mystiyc.
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:iconblackjacktarr:
blackjacktarr Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
nice artwork, although why Mystique would be comforting a (dying?) Rogue while Northstar and Aurora look on is something I think needs further explanation...
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:iconjonathan-hillmer:
jonathan-hillmer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this cover. This issue went in my collection simply due to the cover artwork.
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:iconerik-karl:
Erik-Karl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Such a memorable cover.
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:iconrogueone17x:
RogueOne17x Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Love everything about it!!! Rogue's my favourite X-Men, but everything about this photo is awesome.. I really like how you did Northstar :)
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:iconfonkprimeomega13:
FoNKprimeomega13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So amazing love the colors and the detail is awesome
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:iconalgomprado:
algomprado Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazingly well made... Gotta love the way Northstar is rendered as well as the rest. Wish I could do something like that. I have the highest respect for comic artists. Kiddos!
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:iconmister-23:
Mister-23 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Daw, this is rather tragic and awesome.
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:icondressydung:
DressyDung Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
love it
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:iconcbbdistenge:
CBBdistenge Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Amazing.. really really well-done!
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:icondralf101:
Dralf101 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist
[link] Join u guys :) is my website all about X-Men :D ill be posting more stuff up :P
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:iconrikkytect:
Rikkytect Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Wow! It's...It's...Fantastic! Wonderful! I love it ;3
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:iconphroop:
phroop Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Beautiful!
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:iconrebeky55:
rebeky55 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I am interested in having a relationship with you,My name is rebecca I will appreciate it if you write back to me (rebeky50@yahoo.com) so that we can communicate and move from here.Hope to hear from you.
Rebecca.
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:iconkuinnu:
Kuinnu Featured By Owner May 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
freakin awsme!
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:icondxgevo:
dxgevo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student Photographer
This is truly amazing artwork! Love Rogue and Mystique's facial expressions.
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:icondreamingnomad:
DreamingNomad Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
I loved this comic and even more so because of the amazing cover art!!

This was one piece I had to get in a bigger version from Memorabilia a couple of years back, amazing piece of work!

Love your work!
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:icongreengemstone:
greengemstone Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Rogue is my fav X-Man!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconrealizedesignsjason:
realizedesignsjason Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Great work dude
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:iconskurge357:
Skurge357 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Aight, it's official... You're good.
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:iconskurge357:
Skurge357 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I mean real good. My dad was an artist (acryllics, B&W photo, Architect) and from that upbringing, you're good.
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:iconmandarinfou:
mandarinfou Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Nice echo at art history,"La Pietà" in a X-men point of view. Great job !
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:iconskeptikern:
skeptikern Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome done. How many years did it take you to be this good?
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:iconstilld0ll:
StillD0LL Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I love rogue. ;D
ur work is amazing!
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:icongkb3rk:
gkb3rk Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
you re using lasso tool for every tone of color i guess
for changing lines you lock the line art layer and using screen brush
Am i right ? :D
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:icongwasanee:
Gwasanee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just one word: INCREDIBLE! :rose:
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:iconalgomprado:
algomprado Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now THIS is beautiful... man!! is that northstar... wow...!
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:iconsherlock-homespun:
Sherlock-Homespun Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
That cover blows me away. Fantastic job.
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:iconwhat-:
what- Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whew...intense...

<3
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:iconemalterre:
emalterre Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
what drawing what color and storytelling !
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:iconedgey-berzerker:
Edgey-Berzerker Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
That cover always blows me away
Fantastic job!
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:iconsascape:
sascape Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
I love this!

Just saw it in the Messiah Complex TP and loved it immediately. And even more when you know the whole story =)
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:iconmarames:
marames Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
You do it! Wouhaaaa!!! You're work is "Superbe"! I love, so Beauty! :)
Malicia and Mystic... Aurora and Northstar of Alpha Flight! =^.^=
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:iconrhardo:
rhardo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love love love the art man!!!
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:iconchristhedragon:
christhedragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
great work!! fantastic colors!! :+fav:
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:iconkenjisan-23:
Kenjisan-23 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work^^
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:iconthe-joe:
the-joe Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008   General Artist
Beautiful!
I learned exactly the same way you did! lol
being self taught is fun.
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