Here's the oh-so-lovely Jean Grey as she appears in "X-Men: Evolution." Other than a drawing of Shadowcat and Rogue, I really haven't drawn any of the X-Men as they appear in that particular costume. It's odd since the X-Men recur so frequently in my gallery and also since I rather enjoyed that cartoon. Though it may have veered away significantly from the source text, it still did an admirable job re-inventing the characters.
Jean Grey was one of the characters I found myself most impressed with in her re-invention. Though it would have been easy to write Jean in as the archetypal cheerleader type, the writers and producers instead chose to present her as an athlete. While she was still popular and remarkable in her physical appearance, she was so much more beyond that. Of course, she was also notable since she had one of the most recognizable evolutions in terms of her powers. If I had to pick, Jean would be among my top three in terms of favourite characters on the show. They also get props for foregoing the Phoenix storylines as it allowed Jean to shine without it. Far too often people say the most interesting thing about Jean is the Phoenix (bullpoop!) so it was refreshing that the only thing about the Phoenix we really got was a small flash-forward in the final episode (although, it would have played a role in the following season had the show been picked up for another season).
I also rather like the look they came up with for her. It's simple but effective. They take some of her coolest elements from her 616 costumes (i.e. the face mask and the colour green) and created a brand-new look for her. I certainly had fun drawing her here and I think she came out rather well. Her hair was especially fun to draw. I threw in the baseball not only to reference her athleticism from the series but to also maybe reference her powers as well. It either looks like she's about to catch it or that she's holding it mid-air. You decide.
Another print on sale at this week's Toronto FanExpo.
I've been wanting to do Hulk for a long time now, but held back in the past because I wanted to do him justice. After this, I'm glad I waited. I mean he just looks so menacing when he's charging at someone so much smaller than him. And Wolverine is such a bad-ass, facing the Hulk head-on by himself.