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Atom Eve Convention Sketch

By AdamHughes
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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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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?      ????????!!!!!!!!???????
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Bracey100Professional 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's avatar
Someone should be thankful they got AH! art, and stop bitching...Others will kill for it.
remdesigns's avatar
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's avatar
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.
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RickMaysProfessional 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.
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SpitbiteArtProfessional General Artist
Up and At Them!

…I mean, 'Up and Adam!'

…I mean, 'Up and Atom!'
petermacc's avatar
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,
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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.

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coool position
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orabichProfessional Digital Artist
Amazing work! :D
LaClairest's avatar
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! =)
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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
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s-carterHobbyist 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's avatar
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's avatar
nice work!!
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PenDiabloStudent Traditional Artist
aww mann.. I was going to do a character called Atom.. lol.. poopy.. back to the drawing board :p
KittyParrish's avatar
Score! Love Invincible!
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NamiUzumakiHobbyist 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.
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lenlenlen1Professional 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's avatar
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.
What about WHAM!!! and Ordinary Heroes??? Your youthful characters are fine. It's all perception, perspective and point of reference.
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ZiggymanProfessional General Artist
That babe looks cool. What the problem with adult women anyway?
I prefered women to girls.
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topsi-createHobbyist 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
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