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John Byrne
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" commission of the Angel; no backgrounds. The details are:

- please draw the Angel in-flight wearing the same costume as in X-Men: The Hidden Years

- horizontal layout to maximize his wingspan; please draw something similar to how you drew his wings in the following commission:

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Here we see an example of one of the classic problems with winged characters -- especially those with BIG wings, like Angel or Hawkman. I have often joked that such characters always have to stand at the back, so as not to obscure other characters who take up less space, but there is the other problem that, with wings spread, these guys DON'T take up much space. Frustrates my usual intent to fill up the page as much as possible on these pieces without backgrounds.

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Rich Marzullo
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 9:29am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Very nice!
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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 9:51am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Man, those are some nice looking hands. While you do it with ease i
struggle to get the fingers to work in that perspective. It's not as easy
to pull off as it looks. Great Job JB!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 9:56am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Man, those are some nice looking hands. While you do it with ease i struggle to get the fingers to work in that perspective. It's not as easy to pull off as it looks. Great Job JB!

The trick -- if it can be called such -- with hands is the same as with much else in comic art. Find a stylization that works. The hands in this drawing (or any drawing of mine) are far from photorealistic, but they look like hands, work like hands, and that's what matters.

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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 10:00am | IP Logged | 5 post reply


Fantastic!

I always liked your take on Angel, JB - even during in your time on UNCANNY X-MEN, his uniform looked best through your pencil.  And you could always capture the motion of flight in an amazing way, especially by the time of HIDDEN YEARS.



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Gundars Berzins
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 10:17am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

A great Angel, makes me long for more Hidden Years.
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Rich Marzullo
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 10:17am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Angel always strikes me as one of few X-Men who is always having fun with his power. Case in point, this drawing!
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Jeremy Simington
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 10:58am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I never put any thought into the difficulty of drawing Angel's wings. They have to be symmetrical and so alike as to look like a mirror image without actually being a mirror image. The mind boggles.
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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Excellent!
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Joe Smith
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 12:20pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Open spaces in the wings leads to the light and fluffy sense of wing-ness.
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Jodi Moisan
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 12:35pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

This is beautiful!!!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 28 December 2013 at 1:36pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Mr Byrne, not sure I've said this before, but I always felt your wings on Angel had such gravitas. :)
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