X-MEN: storm, colossus, nightcrawler

That's right, when the team decided to have some international members, they got Storm from Africa, Colossus from Russia, Nightcrawler from Germany, Banshee from ... nevermind. I never liked Banshee and Thunderbird died before anybody like him, so we'll leave it at Storm, Colossus, and Nightcrawler.

Storm always seems to wear black or white or both, but I prefer white because I grew up with her 90s costume. I thought about adding her headband...thing... but decided to just let her hair flow freely. I tossed in her cape..thing.. and some jewelry to get some sense of tribal goddess in her design.Colossus likes to wear red and yellow. He also likes to not wear pants. I was fine with the colors, but thought he should have pants. Sure, it's fine to see his metal legs when he's fighting or something, but it's just weird when he's in costume but not armored up.
Nightcrawler and I have some issues. You see, I like Beast, who is a blue furry guy who is very acrobatic. Then along comes Nightcrawler who is also blue, furry and acrobatic... but instead of being as smart as Beast, this guy can teleport. To make myself feel better, and make the two characters a little less similiar, I went with a dark blue-gray for Nightcrawler kind of like they did in Ultimate X-men. This way, he's different enough and I can appreciate him for who he is instead of be indignant because he's stealing my favorite character's thunder and adding teleportation to it.

Who's up next for the X-Men? How about a few members made popular in the 90s?


the lone wolf

So my brother was looking at my blog and pointed out that I never actually posted my lonewolf video after talking about it so much... Well here it is



X-MEN: cyclops, phoenix, beast, angel, iceman

As promised here are the first five redesigned by yours truly. With all of these characters, I tried to create new costumes by looking back at what the characters have worn and taking key elements or colors and combining those with my side-panel team costume idea.

Cyclops got a little more detail this time. Quite a bit more, actually. I like his gold trim on his current (Astonishing) costume but I've always liked his stupid belts from his 90s costume. I guess it's a good time to mention that none of the X-Men really need belts. However, I like the idea that their red X circles are communicators and locators, so I went with belts for everyone.Phoenix looks pretty close to how she did in my last drawing. I gave her more of her Phoenix sash/belt and also whited out her eyes. I figure she'd kind of be like Storm how she has eye color when she's normal but they go white when she's powering up.

Beast also got some more detail. He's a big guy and tends to get stuck wearing the big X to identify their team. It happened with their black leather uniforms and with his Astonishing uniform.Angel's costume doesn't typically vary too much. It's been red and it's been blue. For a while he had a really different costume, but he seems to be back in blue. I took away the headpiece so his longer hair could flow. I like the idea of him looking really angelic, kind of like Ultimate X-men, but hopefully not as bad, so here he gets chiseled features and pretty hair.
Iceman should be covered in ice/made of ice, but I don't think he should lose his costume's visibility. I also don't think he should have giant boots. Sure, that's my costume of choice for him when I'm playing Marvel Legends, but not when I'm drawing him.

My next installment of X-Men will be their next installment of classmates... minus a few losers (I'm lookin' at you, Banshee and Thunderbird).


X-MEN: wolverine

You may recall my earlier X-Men post featuring my dream line-up for the team. Well, that image of four X-Men was really meant to be the start of a much larger image featuring many more x-mens. I've been slowly working on all the character sketches and inks and finally colors. Now I'm ready to show them as I finish polishing them up and eventually after all members are revealed, I'll show the big group shot I've been working towards.

First up is Wolverine. He's a little different than the last time I posted him. I had some changes I wanted to make to his costume and face and to the way I colored him. I still love me some Wolverine.

Up next is the original team... just not in those original costumes. Sorry to those who like Iceman in boots...


TMNT Cover Art

Oh how I love my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've been a fan as far back as I can remember. I had briefly toyed with the idea of trying to work for Mirage and work on TMNT comics, but now that will never happen. Did everyone hear about Peter Laird selling all rights for TMNT to Nickelodeon? Hopefully good things will come from this. I still think the turtles would be a fun project to work on.

Jack Browser Back in Action

Well not really. As far as I know the WebVelocity campaign is over, but I realized I never posted the action shots I created for him.
..such a nerd...