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Atom Eve Convention Sketch by AdamHughes Atom Eve Convention Sketch by AdamHughes
Atomeve convention sketch, done at SuperCon in San Jose this past weekend. She's from a comicbook called Invincible, I believe!

Pencil, Pitt pen, and gray Copic marker on 11 X 14 Bristol Drawing paper.

Someone alerted me to this post on an INVINCIBLE message board:

"he drawls 'em hot, no doubt... but she's a little too old looking, which seems to be a AH! issue: not great with conveying youth. hotness, yes. youth, no."

At the risk of sounding defensive, I have no idea how old this character is or isn't. I'd never seen the comic except for the the one the fan handed me for reference. The art, while fabulous, was very stylized. Atomeve is very tall, with an ample chest, so please cut me a small amount of slack when I say that I have no idea if sheis 14, 20, or 28.

Also, I don't get hired to draw many 'youthful' (does that mean 'teen'?) girls. Catwoman, Wonder Woman, pretty much all my usual subjects are in their mid-late 20s and beyond. I think the few times I've had to draw Wonder Girl or some other teen heroine, I've gotten fairly close to the right age bracket.

Again, not trying to sound defensive. I can take criticism fairly well, but I humbly & politely suggest that this time it's mildly unfounded.

I apologize if anyone is offended by my statement, especially the creators of the book. The art was amazing and I really want to read it now.


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bobrhea2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
What computer system operates  the "More  like?"   www.stupid?   How  can  you  take  Catwoman Issue 78 cover  --  a  totally  wild  catfight--  request  "more  like"  and  get  a  list  of  portrait   pics  of  Heroines?      ????????!!!!!!!!???????
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Apparently she is in a group called Teen Team which are a bunch of "after school heroes". But I dont see anything about this picture that makes her look too old. I knew some girls in highschool who looked this good and were this developed. So I wouldnt sweat one person's opinion. If there's one thing the internet has, its opinions.
jlt528 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Someone should be thankful they got AH! art, and stop bitching...Others will kill for it.
remdesigns Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Ha! I'm 42 and play roller derby...she's looks plenty young to me; what do they want...14 year old girls? Scary. Great stuff...I love your portfolio.
bidhrohi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Adam Hughes is one of the best in the biz, if not the best. Top 3 on my list, others being Mignola and Tim Sale. Don't really get the "too old looking" argument. If I had to guess the age of the character in this picture, I'd say 22-25. Do we WANT her to look younger than this? I don't.
RickMays Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
"hotness, yes. youth, no."
Well Ace, since you're clearly too gracious to, I'll just go ahead and say it. Those who can, do. Those who can't, talk isht. Sorry boys.
SpitbiteArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Up and At Them!

…I mean, 'Up and Adam!'

…I mean, 'Up and Atom!'
petermacc Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Don't listen to them Adam. You handle these women with the best of intentions I'm sure. Besides sometimes its hard to tell what age women are sometimes. Keep those orbs perky!
I doubt there will be any complaints from the boyz.

tanx bud,
johnloganart Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
I've just recently been introduced to Adam's work and am blown away by it. I love the pencil sketches/drawings like this. So amazingly talented. As an 'aspiring to be good' artist I'm humbly in awe. It takes talent and dedication to the nth degree to reach this status, two things that very, very few have or will ever achieve.

cavernaman Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
coool position
orabich Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! :D
LaClairest Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Err, well I think you're brilliant with all of your drawings...

But just in case you want to try working on 'younger' styles, why don't you try drawing some cute lil girls? Doing that will allow you to note the various differences between what's 'adult' and what's 'young'. Like how younger people have more forehead and their eyes, nose, and mouth are closer together and located lower down on their faces. Drawing cute little kids may be a good contrast to your more mature drawings and give you an idea of 'youth'. When you've got an idea of both extremes (adult vs. kids), then that will help you get an idea of how to vary your younger teenagers a bit more.

Again, I don't have any problems with your art. I just wanted to suggest something new since I noticed there aren't many kids included in your drawings. Other than that, keep up the wonderful art! =)
LaClairest Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Oh! On that note, why don't you try drawing all the heroes as their childhood selves? They could wear regular clothes or their respective costumes. That would be so adorable! I would gush over that for hours! XD
s-carter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're not good at conveying youth!? :O Excuse me!? Are these people blind!?

You are a fantastic artist and have a truly amazing gift. I feel that what matters is the fact you are able to convey such beautiful forms and shapes in the human body, with great detail and care. And in my opinion you are able to convey youth and beauty. You also create very strong feminine figures - almost Amazonian. :) I truly love it!! Woman who can handle themselves are my role models!! ;) It's how it should be! (I hope that didn't sound... wierd!)

Great work again Adam! So great in fact that I've made a special little folder just for you in my favourites! :)
sil3ntm08i0us Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
who cares how old she looks?
she looks HAWT! xD
awesome picture

P.S. - MR.HUGHES! will you ever have time to write an instructional book on your style of drawing, me loves your style soo much! =)
ilovemykids Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
nice work!!
PenDiablo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
aww mann.. I was going to do a character called Atom.. lol.. poopy.. back to the drawing board :p
KittyParrish Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Score! Love Invincible!
NamiUzumaki Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps he didn't word his criticism correctly.
Perhaps he meant that she just looked very 'mature.' Not quite so small-chested teenly... or whatever.

I love it, but then again I also don't know how old she is either.
lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
The guy is on drugs. You draw youth fine! Does he think she looks old? He's blind AND on drugs. lol!
bandanapirate Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
I read and love Invincible, and I don't think she looks too old... She's supposed to be late teens, this looks like between that and early 20's. I think these people are just talking out of their proverbial asses. Great work man.
BUBBLES-UTONIUM Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
What about WHAM!!! and Ordinary Heroes??? Your youthful characters are fine. It's all perception, perspective and point of reference.
Ziggyman Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
That babe looks cool. What the problem with adult women anyway?
I prefered women to girls.
topsi-create Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture and oters your stuff is for me like... like word cutted in the stone...
i like the movement what is in... a love the temper in your pictures...

Sry..about my english.. i only want to just say WOOOW...AH
Caleb-Brown Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
You don't sound defensive

i know of the character but i have no idea how old she is.
i thought she was in her early twenties and i thought that you captured that age beautifully with the upturned nose and fuller than usual lips.

and you can't base a persons art off of a con sketch.

i used to think you couldn't show youth well too but then i saw a few pieces with wonder girl and realized i was just jealous and that there was no reason to dislike your art
i'm still jealous by the way

the only thing that keeps me okay with the fact that your so good and i'm not is that i'm 15 and you've been working in the comic industry for 20 years

This reminds me one time i saw someone (i think it was a comment on one of your youtube videos but i'm not sure) who said Adam Hughes has nothing to do with comic books. All he doe is draw occasional pin-ups for comics otherwise he isn't related to them at all.
i can understand someone not knowing that you've been drawing comics for a long time but if your going to attack someone at least know who your attacking.

i know of more dumb things haters have said about you but this comment is already WAAAAYYYY to long.

longest comment ever!
MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
that's just ridiculous fan boy criticism, someone's always got to complain about something. everyone knows adam hughes is the man lol.
LuisPuig Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
How dare you get defensive...Ha, just kidding. I agree 100% with what you wrote. And on top of that, you've answered one of my questions I posted on your GI JOE piece. Thanks, and keep up the great work. Would love to see you do a tutorial video/dvd.
jtchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Hmmm... I dunno... I still love the piece and think she's still a good representation of the character in Invincible (which is a GREAT read by the way -- one of my favorite comics out there now!) As you said, the art in the book is stylized, so it's hard to make a judgement call as to how it will translate to your style.
WScottForbes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional
Wow, that's pretty insulting.
People need to relax and realize that this is a convention sketch.
As for Atom Eve, I've heard of her before, but never knew her age. I would have assumed the same, mid 20's.

Fantastic piece, the foreshortening its a great touch. You seem to out do yourself with each piece Mr. Hughes!
Electagonist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
I've never heard of the character either, but I'd be thrilled to bits to own this picture. but that might just be hero worship. ;p

upon googleing the character I can see the critics point but giving the circumstances involved with a con sketch its not like you had time to research the character and determine exactly how you were going to portray the character correct to her correct age etc.

the person lined up there because they wanted atom eve in AH! styles and that's exactly what you've given her!
its a pity you don't get given more jobs doing younger characters. you would show up a lot of younger artist's with your style, this I am certain of.
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Thanks so much for the kind words & support. I do really appreciate it.
Electagonist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
your welcome man :) thanks for the inspirational art ;p. Keep up the good work
jacksprat Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
No, this is very nice considering the limited reference. If you have not checked out's one of my favorite comics out there; not just super hero comics but comics in general. The artwork is amazing and Kirkman is really good at riffing on traditional super hero conventions while still making a very compelling interesting story. Great character development, really funny. Have you considered coloring this?
spinester Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful take on the character. Invincible is a great book and Ottley's art is awesome. You'll dig it.
JETurner Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me for saying this, that guy is an a$$#@!&. The main character should have a girlfriend that looks like this. I am not complaining.
AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
No, no; the person was polite & constructive in their criticism, even if we don't agree. I wish more people on the Net criticized this politely.
Yay for civility!
JETurner Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand what you were saying, with not knowing the source material. People think just because you are comicbook artist, you know ALL the characters from ALL the companies, and it shouldn't be expected but it is. Just like when I tell people I am graphic designer, some people expect me to know what they want, when asked for. Freelance is B____. But, the illustration is still beautiful.
maartenvc Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
cool perspective & pose.
DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Love me some Invicible. It's actually been a while since I got back in it--this probably inspired me to get back into it.

Yeah, she does look a bit older, but on first glance and no other reference, I can see why you'd do so.
Doncreegan26 Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Student Artist
It better have "gotten you back into it". Lately haven't been seeing much of your work so hopefully things will begin increasing.
JeffLafferty Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
LoosingAgony Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
If only one day i could draw half this good...
thejamcascru Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
I'm a reader of Invincible, I think you've done a great job for an uninitiated artist
oddspelling Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Will we see a color version of this?
StephanieHorrex Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not all of us enjoy looking at little girls. :/ I've never thought any of your characters looked "to old."
AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Thanks so much for saying!
MrBowen3 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Awesome Love the flow of the hair and the perspective of her
gaijyn Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mr. Hughes, that's an awesome con piece. Foreshortening is one of my weakest areas, so I always appreciate a piece that pulls it off so nicely.

Do you have any sources in particular that you like to use for foreshortening reference?
AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
No, I just look at the real world for foreshortening reference. It's a lot of fudging and judgment-calling, deciding what exaggerations look aesthetically and which ones don't...
gaijyn Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch — BTW, I liked seeing the actual pixel size on the Catwoman. Gives me a whole new respect for pencil!
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