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Age of Apocalypse double cover by diablo2003 Age of Apocalypse double cover by diablo2003
UPDATE: Well, the entries have been flying in fast and furiously over the last few weeks and I expect a bulk more before the deadline! Speaking of which, the deadline is now May 10th instead of may 7th. This was to give my yahoo group the full month to try and enter so you Deviants get a few extra days if you need them. All entries need to be uploaded to DA and a note sent to me with a link to your entry by Midnight on the 10th. Any entries recieved after that date won't be considered in the contest. I'm also uploading an official colored version of the cover for everyone to see. I didn't post them until now becuase I wanted all of you that entered to be uneffected by the original colors but I think it's safe to post now since most of you are already set in how you're coloring your pieces. The colors were done by edgar Delgado of Studio F and turned out pretty damn good in my opinion.
As soon as the deadline passes I'll be taking all the links to your entries and posting them in a new journal entry so people can vote on the winner in the journal's comment section. just like the Highlander, there can be only one but I applaud anyone that decided to tackle the piece. I hope you had as much fun coloring it as I had penciling it!! Good luck!


This is a cover done about a year and a half ago for Marvel comics to be used as the wrap-around cover for the AoA one shot. Bryan Hitch was originally on tap to do it but his schedule was packed so Marvel tapped me to fill in. I had to draw it in about 3 days so it was a marathon for me to get it done on time. Long story short, Bryan ended up getting his cover done so mine wasn't used though it did see print in the AoA handbook and in the back of the AoA Trade paperback(out in stores now). I've been asked a lot by would-be colorists for linework to practice on so here's what I'm going to do. CONTEST TIME!!!!

Do you have the balls to tackle this badboy? I'm including a link to a high resolution copy that you can download. Simply click the link, wait for it to download on your screen(it's very large so give it time) and right click, click "save as" and save it anywhere on your computer. try to save it as a tif file but, if you can't, save it was a jpeg and transfer it into a tif file when you get it into photoshop. You can color it however you like whether it be by photoshop, painter, or crayon. Doesn't matter to me but you'll be up against anyone else that decides to try it out as well. Once you finish it, you can post it up in your deviant gallery and message me with a link. You'll have 1 month to get it finished and up in your gallery. Once I receive all the entries I'll post a new journal with links to all the entries and let the fine members here at DA vote on the winner. What do you win you might ask?

Winning prize: A goodie box of prints and comics from your truely. You'll get a full set of my 'good girl' 13X19 lithographs including Emma Frost, Blackcat, Mary Jane, and Harley Quinn. A 13X19 lithograph of your winning entry. My 2005 and my 2006 sketchbook. A whole gaggle of comics all signed and a custom sketch. I'll also throw in a poster or 2 or whatever else I can find around the office. I'll also add the winning piece to my gallery with full credit and link to the winner's page.

If you want to try out but don't know who the characters are or need reference you can go to and look at every cover from the original series. I've checked and see that every character on my cover appears on one the covers listed on the website. For clarification here's the full list from Left to right: Iceman, Gambit, Quicksilver, Nightcrawler, Mondo, Chamber, Sunfire, X-Man, Blink, Wildchild, Sabertooth, Banshee, Storm, Husk, Rogue, Magneto, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Shadowcat(Kitty Pryde), Morph, and Colossus.

Link to High res: [link]

Reference website: [link]

additional reference: [link]

So, that's it! Anyone who wants to play is welcome and my hat is off to anyone that attempts this. It's no easy task so only attempt this if you really want to and do it for the experience. This is an actual Marvel cover sized to the actual specs you would work at if you were doing this professionally. Look at it as a chance to work just like the pros do and see what they go through everyday.

Good luck and I really look forward to seeing what you guys come up with!!!!

-Mark

Disclaimer- The artwork and above characters are copyright Marvel Comics and Mark Brooks and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the artist and Marvel comics. All artwork and characters within are included for the purpose of scholarly review.
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:iconnoyouken:
noyouken Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
PHOTOSHOP STY
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:iconnoyouken:
noyouken Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
CAN I COLOR THATS
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Luverly ĦBlink!
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:iconpeterpalmiotti:
PeterPalmiotti Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful work!

*****
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OliverMcCann Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
whaaa thats epic :D
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:icongangsterart:
gangsterart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
best
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:iconelaineperna:
ElainePerna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome art!! :dance:
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:iconatomic-chinchilla:
Atomic-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's awesome that you got to draw the cover that so many people colored!
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Taraakian Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I knew who all of those mutants were so I could attempt coloring this.
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:icontaraakian:
Taraakian Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ I recognize a few but not all of them.
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:iconkoomeh:
KooMeh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
SUPERB!
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:iconhuihui1979:
huihui1979 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
I am a Chinese cartoon painting hand, you let me benefit from the many styles, I like.
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:iconsekushiitaylor:
sekushiitaylor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
*jaw drops* holy shit. nice. VERY nice! i love the details!!!!
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:iconthrustingninja:
thrustingninja Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
You have to color this...or I will cry :crying:. But I'm faving it anyway! (:+fav:)
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DivynRapass Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
WOW !!
What an amount of work and skills here !
Gret Job
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Nig-PS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
uauuu ...
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:icon4pocalyps3br:
4pocalYps3BR Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
you are THE man!
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OceanOfGloom Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Good lord!!! There are so many details in there!! That's bloody amazing!!!!
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Crush001 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
Hey there...the link to the high res version is dead...how can I get that high rez version again? I really wanna try coloring it
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Slothboy3000 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
Simply amazing. I always love it when pics are just huge group shots with characters everwhere. Im really liking the placement of the black on characters (specially Nightcrawler! :)) o.o

(Adds to faves)
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Communist666 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2006
is the contest over?
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:iconpervertius:
Pervertius Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
this is a banger for real.....
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xhadowlx Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
wow! i just saw this contests and it's too late to submit anything.. lol.. i was wondering if i can still colour it for fun and add it as part of my colouring portfolio?
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Liqu-prose Featured By Owner May 23, 2006   Photographer
I still have trouble discerning who's who... I'm not overly familiar with all these characters and new costumes here. *scratches chin* Hmmm... Jean looks like Rachel, and Wolvie has but one arm? That Age of Apocalypse must be something we here in Sweden haven't been allowed to see yet.
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DarkVortexX Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
Your drawing skills are incredible! :+fav:
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:iconmacabeak:
Macabeak Featured By Owner May 19, 2006   Digital Artist
That's awesome! :P Almost sad how I could name most of them on sight....
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patrx Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
Lot's of changes since the last X-Men comic that I read. Used to read them all up until I had to quit working do to my MD...had to cut back on the comics after that to keep the finances in check....was a real Marvel junkie...LOL Been reading the descriptions on some of your drawings...Must be tough at times coming up with the drawings and colorings day after day and meeting the deadlines. That's a bit more pressure than what I'd like to handle. I'll have to give some of this more complex coloring a try sometime. I've just recently tried a few simpler line art drawings. It's not as easy as I thought to get the proper shading. Photoshop is kind of a new thing to me, yet...:D
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carraman Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
awesome compocition great man i am your fan
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JohnFleX Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
LORD HAVE MERCY...LOOK AT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CHRIST DUDE, this is amazing:faint:!
what the fuck do you say to yourself after you've drawn something like this?
'Nate Grey', aka 'X-Man' is my no.1 all-time fav character. AND YOU DREW HIM BADASS HERE! He looks like he doesnt give a fuck, he looks chillaxed and calm, ofcourse this is because he can kick each and everyone of their asses in the picture/
This is amazing, 'well done' doesn't seem enough.
:thumbsup:
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drywall Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Hopefully this is in in time, not sure what time zone for midnight you mean! It's still 10:00 PM here. I just discovered the contest a few days ago (that'll teach me for checking deviantART only sporadically) and had to rush as fast as I could. Even if it is too late, I learnt a lot on this piece, its my first coloring of someone else's work. Great drawing!

[link]
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V3dd3rMan Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Here my entry !!!

[link]
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:iconmobile-ave:
Mobile-Ave Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
I'm finally done!
here's my entry for the contest
[link]
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StephenRong Featured By Owner May 5, 2006
you make me puke.


and I mean that in a good way.


I love your art work. i never realized that i was looking at your art when i was reading New X-men. I always thought "i really like this artwork"
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Hells-Blood Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
Was trying to get in on the action but your link to the high res no longer works:sad: so I guess I'm out before I began.
I was gonna take on mission impossible and try to get it done by the May 7th deadline. Love your art by the way.
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TakeshiKun Featured By Owner May 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Buff finally i ended the colored version!!!

Nervous for the great level that one sees here....

Good luck for all!!

Mine version >> [link]
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WrongState Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
So how are we going to know who won? and I didn't know there were more entries... another site.. oh boy... and with my amature entry... geez.. *kick's can*
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diablo2003 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll post a new Journal with links to all the entries. You'll vote in the comment section of that journal entry for your favorite one. The journal will be posted soon after the deadline.
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WrongState Featured By Owner May 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess that kinda sucks for me, I'll be on mission when this all happens... maybe I'll get lucky and find a computer somewhere and get my 2 cents in worth... Thanks for the response, most appreciated
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rc212 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
I am so distraught... I have all the flats done, and have started the shading... but my main board fried this weekend... so I will not be able to finish it... because it will take until next week to get a new board...



I put so much work into this thing too... oh well good luck to all who are able to finish

:(
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Pharaoh44 Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My entry for the contest!

[link]
Please have another contest soon!

-Braden
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:iconpharaoh44:
Pharaoh44 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry for posting twce
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diablo2003 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
got it, thanks!
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Pharaoh44 Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my try for the contest. Done by mouse and Photoshop 7 airbrushing. Please do a contest like this again!
Enjoy!
[link]

-Braden
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DavisJes Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should post links to everyone who colored it.
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thisisanton Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
I'm all finished...Looks like everyone else is too. This contest was a great idea, and I think it's gonna get real interesting...there's a bunch of good artisits here.

LINK >>> [link]
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diablo2003 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
got it, thanks!
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey man! I finally finished coloring this. Again your lines totally rocked.

I can't wait to see what ever one else has done!

Link! ---->[link]
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diablo2003 Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
got it, thanks!
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Roderic-Rodriguez Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Oh My! this is a great challenge!!! Hmmm.... if not that busy with other project, 2 days will do to color this amazing line art... I'll try my free time to touch this line art... count me in... :)
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pettyartist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
hmmmm....

I think I'll give this a shot.
This sounds like fun >=D
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