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Emma and Jean
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Published: August 14, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 AdamHughes
Client: WIZARD MAGAZINE, 2002
Medium: pencil, ink, Adobe Photoshop

I found the file for this oldie the other day, so I thought I'd post it!

This is a cover I did for WIZARD magazine 7 or 8 years ago. They wanted Jean Grey and Emma Frost of the X-MEN books, and nothing else. No background, no other characters, nada. Always give the client what they want!

WIZARD went on to give the art to MARVEL, who proceeded to use it along with all their other art (any art produced for MARVEL goes into a sort of giant ClipArt database, and since they own it all, anyone MARVEL person or licensor can use any of the art), the only problem being MARVEL never paid me to use the art. It was produced for a news periodical, not one of their comics. It's seen print in several MARVEL books, I never made a dime, nor was I given credit, or even a complimentary copy of said publication. I usually found out when a fan would bring up the thing to be signed.

I'm not griping - it's the nature of the business. The same thing happened to me with TOMB RAIDER. All the Lara Croft art I did for PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE somehow ended up at Top Cow (whom I had legitimately done quite a few TOMB RAIDER covers for), and Top Cow has used that PSM art many times. I'm not sure how that works; did PSM give the art to EIDOS, the TOMB RAIDER owner, and THEY gave the art to Top Cow? Who knows.

My point is: kids, keep an eye on things when working as an artist.

:-)

Oh, a note on Jean's finger touching Emma's boob... in my mind it was less about Jean copping a feel, and more about Emma being a pushy Personal Space Invader. She'll go into your mind with no reservations whatsoever, and she'll stand way too close when she knows it makes you uncomfortable.
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Azieru's avatar
The two strongest women in the X-men universe.
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grimrod|Hobbyist Digital Artist
An all-time favorite : )
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sonic5467|Hobbyist Artist
AH!
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Derek4u's avatar
Those eyes...WOW
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sonic5467|Hobbyist Artist
AH!
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WhiteWraith|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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DaGoodCaptain|Hobbyist Writer
Stunning work! I loved Morrison's run, this brings back memories.
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s-u-m-m-e-r-s's avatar
this is the image that made want to start learning how to draw. Amazing job AH.
You, Dave Stevens, Frank Cho and Stanley Lau are my inspirations and are the best IMO :D
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Great pic captures their personalities
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CattBon|Student General Artist
Someone on deviantart is taking credit for the drawing miracle-tenshi.deviantart.com/…
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J-BIRDSPRINGS|Hobbyist General Artist
Xmen says use Pro-Active... like really it works..jk great work as always! Gonna continue hawking your collection and buying weekly issues.. yeah I'm a supporter
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Csyeung|Professional Traditional Artist
One of my fav's that you've done. Although with your work, many of them are favs =P.
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JamesZilla2k11's avatar
Jean Grey is my girl, yet I'm feeling a love for Emma right now, I'm at a crossroads xD
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Alexejia|Student General Artist
amazing!
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citannah18's avatar
God this is EXACTLY how I imagine them Jean Grey is soft, beautiful, and stoic and Emma Frost is hard, sexy, and dangerous truly inspired artwork.
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LBProductions|Hobbyist Digital Artist
emma has such a beautiful face - very mila-esque~

love this piece <3
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schuy007|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats awesOOOM!
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aRmydesigner|Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work!
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snowbloodqueen|Student General Artist
Nice work. Although Emma is wearing less clothes I think Jean looks prettier.
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hinata-hayuga1999|Hobbyist General Artist
They never paid you?! Thats awful and with such a gorgous picture too!!! Seriously! I hope that doesn't happen to me when I become an artist...if it does I'll punch'em!
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I would love to see an updated version of this....with Psylocke added! One can dream lol
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