An omage to one of my oldest ( and deepest
And this year's submission to
's X-Men Evolution calender project .
Psst! CLICK on it for the super duper LARGE version!
Unfortunately , due to a lack of participation , she's not going to print or sell a complete version for 2012 . BUT , she did aggree to apply the gridded calender portion and a nice frame to all submissions that were actually completed-- as well as upload them to her account , with all the nessecary credits . . .
I ended up choosing a random summer month ( because she mentioned previous veterans tended to stick with holiday heavy ones )-- So it might actually be awhile yet . But I will upload her version whenever it might be .
Despite being a bit looser than some of my other paintings , this admittedly took me TWO MONTHS to complete --primarily because I was working weekends , and overtime at once (....But a great deal to blame also , was the nessecary dulling of his skin , which came out ORANGE for the longest time
To be perfectly honest , this was also far from what I had initially planned . The original was ice-cream/popsicle themed , and actually had Rogue as a second ( since she's my favorite girl
) , but not only did I have trouble finding a pose for 2 --that supported the " length must exceed hieght" rule ...But especially with Todd out to thieve the treat , It was nearly impossible to avoid the phallic/oral slant to the imagery XD;;
The sketch of the chosen version was actually supposed to have a great more detail ( despite the hyper-sharpness of the hair , cracks and veins here ) too . In truth , he's supposed to be lounging in a fountain in a public park , so there was actually supposed to be some goldfish keeping him company ( and a bottle of half-empty sunblock on the sidewalk , considering his otherwise textbook pallor ) ... But it wasn't too long before I just ran out of time
Provided I'm open to participate again next year , I might just ressurect the ice-cream business anyway , REGUARDLESS of the dirtyness XD XD --And just better research it --
but all in all I'm glad I went this way ( especially since someone else used Rogue , and , since we're only allowed to use a particular character once a year-- I'd hate to have kicked someone else out of their spot ) ...
General Acrylic paint on Bristol paper (
which takes a licking when it comes to ink and paint alike ) --with water colored pencils for both detail and blending .