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Ultimate X-Babes #20 - Storm

*Ink + Marker on 11x14 Bristol stock


Comments: This piece was sitting around inked for over a month and I was determined today to get it done. The reason it was set aside for so long was because I didn't really know how to go about actually doing what I was visualizing for the background.

The background on the inks was completely blank. I didn't want to ink the lightning bolts or define any cloud forms with ink. What I had visualized would be a completely markered background. And what I ended up just making up as I went along actually worked out close if not exactly what I imagined.

I lightly penciled the lightning bolts, and then proceeded to work dark to light from black to blues, slowly working closer in on the shape. By the time I reached ultramarine, I had enought shape defined that I erased the pencils and proceeded with the final blue shading. I then went with the white ink to add touch ups on the lightning. It went a lot smoother and easier than I had hoped. Tho I did end up using some black ink for the black areas of the background after all..

That's not to say there weren't a few casualties along the way. You might not be able to tell from the scan, and you *might* be able to see it if you closely examine the original art, but I originally started the background markering in the bottom right quadrant, using the Chartpak AD markers. I tested the color range on a scrap paper first and I thought everything was A-Ok. But after a minute or two of blending them on the final piece, it started to cbleed worse than I had imagined, especially into an area that would be yellow. So I switched to Prismacolors for the rest of the background and fortunately was able to cover up the bleed pretty well with the white ink.

The other casualty was with the Metallic Silver prismacolor marker for the X. You can probably see the streaks on the circular part. Well, I dunno how or when, but the marker had broken and was leaking profusely from a part between the tip and the center. I washed it off (and a lot of the 'juice' drained as well), taped it off and made sure to test it frequently on the scrap paper. (I was THAT determined to finish this piece today). I thought it performed well (and I gave it a viking funeral afterwards), but alas it is a bit streaky, so I'll have to get a replacement and touch it up after all (then I'll re-scan and replace this one).

But gosh darn it, it's done! Huzzah!
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Knight3000 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love Storms original costume
SVG4911 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Great drawing of Storm! Nice colors and backround!
BrunoSantos96 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just gotta love storm . Great work!
k20k20 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Rodrocker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
rudeboy308 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I love the classic Storm look, though I also dug her mohawked look for a while back there. I usually played as Storm in the X-Men video game because she had a longer reach with her staff. I did like the part about a Viking funeral for a favorite marker--it died with honor! Great piece.
Paradisaea-Decora Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Featured here: [link]

Hope you don't mind!
Geniuos Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Sweet !
PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
love the bg
rsj Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
It's a nice piece, but the comments regarding the process behind the background takes the cake. It's not often I hear of artist working dark to light rather than the other way around.

Thanks for sharing this!
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Beautiful. :)
dsantiag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
I really like this! You did an excellent Storm! And an amazing job on that lightning background! Your flaws, while evident to you, are not noticeable on the scan and so your viewers win anyway! But touch-ups and fixes are part of the process. None of us are perfect, and certainly none of the media we use ever work right.
JesseAllshouse Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Akkari Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
ARTofTROY Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist
SWEET STORM!! Luv the ol'skool look.
Seraph6283 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
kick ass strom drawing in what is p[robably her best looking costume
Yunosh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :D Very nice :)
Tyson87 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
great work.
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Awsome work here
henrideacon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
I though you colored the X that way to add texture. All my marker coloring looks streaky.

I like the contrast between the black cape and the lightning.
Dualmask Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Your work hasn't stopped amazing me yet. The level of skill and control you have over those markers is exemplary.
WillWarren Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
I would say this is one of your best pieces I've seen so far. Love the background.
Marix4ever4never Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Men this truly awesome thank you aign for the great work.
bunnie-love Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
lol im surprised it isnt as revealing as most ^^ but i gotta say, the lightning is looking beautiful, and storm is looking great in the pic, awesome job ^^
robokop Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
Wow - awesome! :D
reddragon162 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
And Storm has rarely looked hotter!
lordmagnusen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Writer
Classic costume.
MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well played Highlander!
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
i loved the short hair punker storm
KwongBee-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you did amazing work, awesome to see effects like this to be achieved through nondigital means, your work on this was well worth it
shibamura-prime Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
Totally digging that background!
gb2k Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :)
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