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X-MenforDA by diablo2003 X-MenforDA by diablo2003
This is my variant cover for X-Men #1 coming out in May from Marvel comics. Showing the pencils, digital colors and the original layouts for the cover.

Hope you dig!

-Mark
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome.:)
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:iconseverewind:
SevereWind Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
nice work
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:iconwynta-illustrations:
Wynta-Illustrations Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Mark! Lauren here. I was that chick in the Captain America tee at the Perth Supanova Convention on Sunday. You said to drop a line on DA some time soo...
Just wanna say, thanks for that awesome sketch of Rogue you drew in my sketchbook (and I hope I wasn't too annoying nagging you for the sketch! haha) AND big thanks for the awesome print of this amazing X-Men All-female team concept.
Cudos for printing on such awesome paper stock too. Best print I ever bought at a convention!

Keep being the awesome artist you are! All the best man, L :la:
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:iconpirs4x:
Pirs4x Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
It rocks! :D
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:icontoppa23:
toppa23 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
sublime.............excellent style to make illustrations
when I see your works I go crazyyyyyyyyy
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:iconlap-illustrations:
LAP-Illustrations Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Man, your pencils are always so clean.....do you Lightbox from a sketched page or just erase as you go?
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:icondarkdragon247:
DarkDragon247 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff :)
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:iconjgiampietro:
JGiampietro Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Is there any way to get a print of this? I want it framed on my wall!
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:iconsaber4734:
saber4734 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is absolutely wicked.
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:icondarthmattykins:
DarthMattykins Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Loving this for Rachel and Jubilee alone. Absolutely perfect.
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:icondoug-r32:
Doug-R32 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
back in the day all the characters had one specific set of outfits all the time
but now it seems like every issue or every other issue they have a completely different outfit

what gives?

and i think the covers were more varied before too in the past
maybe its just me, but these days it seems like lots of these covers are just character poses or team poses or something

arent the covers supposed to some how reflect what the particular issue is about somehow?
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:icondiablo2003:
diablo2003 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Let's address your note one thing at a time:

Outfit- All the characters in this cover have had the same outfit for going on 5 years or more. This cover shows their new outfits after having had the same ones for a long time so I'm not sure what you're talking about. The outfit Kitty is wearing is the same uniform she's had for a decade and a half. Rachel has been wearing this uniform for 3 years. Rogue is wearing the same outfit she sported when she was first introduced into the X-Men in the 80s. Psylocke, after having the same outfit for 2 decades, has a new X-Force look. Same for Storm. And Jubilee, while have a little bit of a different outfit than her original 80s outfit, still sports her yellow trench coat and pink trimmed outfit and sunglasses.

Varied covers- Covers now are far more varied that they have ever been before. But this is a #1 cover for the first issue and nearly all first issues are pose covers like this one showing off the cast of the book with more story driven covers used for later issues. This has been the case since the 80s so I think you're right, it might be you.
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:iconwayner8088:
wayner8088 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O....M....GGggGgGGGgggg!!!! :faint:
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:iconstarfirechelle:
Starfirechelle Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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:iconbowwing333:
bowwing333 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jubilee got her powers back? o_O; Powered up Jubilee+Vampire+no inhibitions=Game over man... she's waay too OP for comics if she starts actually using her abilities to the fullest.
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:iconmangayin:
mangayin Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool :D
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:iconk20k20:
k20k20 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
cool STORM
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:iconvampeer1:
vampeer1 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow!!!
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:iconalicenyans:
Alicenyans Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
:3 It's so interesting.
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:iconshawnmccarthy:
ShawnMcCarthy Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very awesome!
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:iconxsikal:
xsikal Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Looks great. I like the composition of Storm's cloak containing the rest of the team; does a good job of giving her prominence, despite her smaller size. Is the white space under the cloak placeholder for the title?
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:iconinsolentwhelp:
InsolentWhelp Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Cannot wait for this comic book series to come out. Great work on the cover! :D
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:icondevastatr:
Devastatr Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Hi Mark, great work! I'd love to have seen what you could have done with a Firestorm sketch at Calgary.
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
win
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:iconwilliamdettrey:
WilliamDettrey Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Like a BOSS! :)
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:iconbroken-endings:
Broken-Endings Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love creative framing like you did here.

do you ever take the layouts they didn't choose and make a polished piece out of it, for fun?
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:iconjicheshire:
JICheshire Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I much prefer the bottom thumbnail's composition. It feels so much more powerful. Great job as always nonetheless
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:icontomfink:
TomFink Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does Cloak know Storm borrowed his schtick? :D
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:iconbertilsdotter:
Bertilsdotter Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
X-Men v4? Or does it have some other title? Guh... they need to come up with new ones and not reuse oldies all the time.
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:iconwildpegasus13:
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Epic work!
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:iconadamlimbert:
AdamLimbert Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional
SO GREAT!
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:iconcap-hersh:
cap-hersh Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Mark,

Very interesting piece here. I love the amount of detail and attention you put into your work. Seeing you take on multiple jobs that are usually delegated to other artist in the comic industry (inking/colorist) is a big inspiration for newcomers like me. Keep em coming!
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:iconmariamjolnir:
MariaMjolnir Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Astonishing and beautiful *________*
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:iconjbrenthill:
jbrenthill Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Incredible work! I am so pumped for this issue!
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:iconskuad:
skuad Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing the 1st one was really a good choice !
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:iconpinkxel:
pinkxel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All your art is awesome, but I wish they'd chosen the second layout. Much more dramatic and less action packed... the angle looks really cool.

Great job! I'm looking forward to picking it up! :D :D :D
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:iconskeletalgrin:
skeletalgrin Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Storm is the cutest patootie.
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:iconmertbaran:
mertbaran Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
great work as always
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:iconfalksmash:
FalkSMASH Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously, I dont think I've ever seen a cover you made that I didn't like :D
keep it up!
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:iconsole-soul:
sole-soul Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
jubes got her powers back? cool beans
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:iconalysandir:
Alysandir Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think that blaze is coming from Rachel; Jubilation's hand just makes it appear that she's setting off fireworks.
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:iconalysandir:
Alysandir Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A question about your process...I have seen several works you've done (Xtreme X-Men, New X-Men) that appear to be pencil over blueline; in other words, you do a rough layout, transfer it via blueline, then do refined pencils over it. Yet, in your later works, I don't see any traces of bluelines. Why the change? Just wasn't necessary anymore?

Also, almost everything I've seen you do is small, perhaps 8.5x11 or smaller, whereas most artists go 11x17. Why 8.5x11?

Thanks and regards,
Alysandir
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:icondscott239:
dscott239 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Not sure where you got the 8.5x11 size from I own several of Marks OA works including the cover above. His average size for art is 13x19.
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:iconalysandir:
Alysandir Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I get that from the three pages I own of his, two from Ultimate X-men, and one from New X-Men. All three are 8.5x11. I just assumed that's how he works.

The only other piece of his I own is an X-23 that's 11x17, but I figured that's a one-off.
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:icondscott239:
dscott239 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
ah cool as far as I can tell most of his work has not been that size in quite sometime. I own 5 of his covers from the last year and all are 13x19.
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:iconalysandir:
Alysandir Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've seen only one cover for sale, ever; is this through Mighty Nib? Or do you and Mark have an arrangement?
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:icondscott239:
dscott239 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
nah just send Mark an email his address is listed here, ask him or Lisa (whoever answers) about any cover youre interested in and if it hasnt sold they will do their best to help you out. Great people and my 1st stop for OA.
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:icondiablo2003:
diablo2003 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I previously worked at a much smaller size of 8.5X11 but moved back to a larger size as Doug mentioned a few years ago. I worked small previously as a time saver but since I started penciling on a Cintiq and inking traditionally, it was better to ink larger.
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:iconalysandir:
Alysandir Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So it was a speed issue...okay, makes sense. I have to say, the level of detail at that size is pretty incredible.

Thank you for replying!
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TITO-MIRANDA Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Digital Artist
awesome i have been waiting for this book!
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