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Serenity: Those Left Behind by AdamHughes Serenity: Those Left Behind by AdamHughes
This is the cover I did for the hardcover trade paperback collection of Dark Horse Comic's first SERENITY comic-book miniseries, based on Joss Whedon's tv show & movie.

Yet another digital colorization of a gray tonal drawing.

18" X 27" on sketchbook/pad paper; pencil, ink, marker, white paint, Berol Prismacolor pencil, and then Photoshop CS2.

FIREFLY was the bestest, shiniest tv show. Ever.

At the very least, it was my favorite.
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TrwDesign Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
Would you be interested in a commissioned piece?
Snow-Chen Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Another one to add to my screensaver...
EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I adore your art-style, especially with the Firefly/Serenity characters.:)
Kiddaver Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I've watched this show over and over and I'm always saddened as I draw towards the end of the season bc I now the inevitable end is near. To see beautiful works of art like this; drawn with percision, tempered with the passion of the artist and painted with the love of the characters, I know the legend lives on. Browncoat's Forever!!!!!
anubis-x Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
simply beautiful!
LaurentusVonSenin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Simply great work.
The Verse says tnx for making it richer by this.
gohan656 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Adam, as a huge fan of your artwork, I'd have to say that you out did yourself on this one. I can't quite pinpoint what did it for me, but I'd say that this actually tops your "Catwoman" covers and I wasn't sure that was possible. I love it.
PhoenixDawnCreations Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
......Two of my favorite things (your artwork and Firefly) just collided in my brain, and I think I need to sit down and ride the wave of awesome before I try operating heavy machinery. Thank you for being such an incredible artist, and for loving awesome shows!
iluvstix44 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I would just like to say that I second that!
ArvenaPeredhel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for still flying.
YyanaOni Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Holy Crap, how did I not know you did this?! I loved the cover for this comic, you did a marvelous job. :)
KittyToxin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I also bought this comic just last weekend. I miss firefly so so much. It will always be my favourite show <3

This has such beautiful colours and atmosphere. ^__^
TheSalt1994 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nooooooooo... YOU did THIS???

[Shoots self in temple out of sheer elation]
WeakenedAngel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
My god.. It's... Beautiful :happycry:
swfan444 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! This is great. But I believe the proper word is "Shiny!" :D
Khoufu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I got that book in hardback for my birthday last summer! It was interesting. Firefly definitely had some of the most interesting and original writing.
HayateTsukiko Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aghbraggn bragughbra !!! braaaahahahagha....
There. Think I made my point.
Gorgeous work.
MRZ-Tonks Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AWESOME!! I love the colours and the backlight and the weapon firing is amazing!
Petrichor14 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have this! Whenever I get bored in class I take it out and try to redraw the picture........

Not NEARLY as good!
Seedsower Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I got an Article of Image FX and I just wanna say you have amazing work.
takara13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It definitely was the shiniest! And this piece is awesome. :heart:
douglsea Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
the best everr
SeanMcFarland Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just watched the whole series on Netflix. You can call me a latecomer, bandwagon-jumper, and now massive fan. Then I watched Serenity.... then I may have cried a little.... don't judge me.

Beautiful work, great job on the likeness. Jayne's hat truly shows a man who fears nothing.
TrufflesAvocado Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
That is my favorite hat of Jane's!
use-the-force Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Hi, I was inspired to use your art in a youtube video about the magic of storytelling. You can see it here: [link]

Sorry that I didn't ask permission beforehand, if for any reason you'd like me to remove your picture, let me know and I'll do so immediately and reupload it. Thanks!
CommanderKip Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I need to get ahold of those comics...
elyjenna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Loved this drawing when I saw the book, then came across it here, really beautiful work!
gaiaslight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Love it.
snowbutt Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student
I JUST bought this comic!! It's beautiful and shiny and I'm so glad I can stare at it all the time!! :+favlove: Fantastic drawing :love:
DooMGuy117 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so this was just an alternate cover for the hardcover version of it? cause i got the paperback version and it's got Mal, Inara, and Serenity in the background
MakeupByMaggie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The hero of Canton
The man they call Jayne (:
BO0Radley Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Totally agree about Firefly. By the way, phenomenal job with all 3 characters, especially Mal (Nathan Fillion is my favorite actor EVER thanks to that role), I recognized him immediately. Wonderful job. :D
AtomicTango Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nathan Fillion is a dreamboat. and I love that you added Jaine's hat.
GeekTruth64 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
I went for the hardback, just for this cover :)
RainyDayFun Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great! I LOVE that you put Jayne's hat on him! Lol! ')
EspionageDB7 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. Great work. I love this. R.I.P. Wash and Shepard Book
mysterious-1nsf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing. Very Drew Struzan!
DanielAndresen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
greatest show EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DooMGuy117 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed. THE best sci-fi show to ever grace the airwaves, and possibly the best TV show ever
Esoteric-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
All I can say is, shiny.
redryu82 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I already own this book so I already love the art its epic!!!!
PX672 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Nice work!
That picture is so awesome but it still makes me sad, cause Firefly got canceled.
I will hate Fox till the end of my life.
MsSylviaBlue Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist
YAY! I love River & Simon ^__^ :+fav:
VALKRiE1st Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved Firefly. Love this 2!!!!
Aminia-Grey Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Outstanding! I was late to the whole Firefly party, but love it still. Now I'll have to track down these comics. Beautiful work, by the way.
LeoColapietroArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I agree...Whedon is incredible, I mess the show and this is a great homage to Serenity!!!!!!!

I'm so sed, good days, good times!!!!!!!!!![link]
chao9 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Just about my favorite piece of cover art for any book ever. Also the only cover sleeve I've ever kept (they just get in the way, you know? But for you I made an exception).
Spectraljump Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
It's like wherever I move my head, Mal's eyes keep following me!
likelytodisaster Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Such a stunning drawing... I recently started to download the episodes, and I have to agree with you. The show was so awesome. Too bad it was canceled.
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