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Uncanny X-men

By reiq
This piece here has taken 10 years to complete. that's right, I did the first rough idea sketch ten years ago! back then my skills were not even close to reach what I had envisioned, I've been a big fan of the X-men since back in to 1995 when I used to collect trading cards and when the animated series came out, as well as collecting comics and art for years and wanted to pay homage to those comics.
Every now and then I would go back to this piece and try to get it right, but for sure i couldn't handle the amount of characters and nail down the composition, I have never been a group shot kind of artist, took me years to get confortable to be able to do it. specially as it was not my priority but it will always hunt me, seeing the unfinished art in my studio looking back at me O_o
I guess it was the lack of reference use and the lack of practicing composition like this that made it harder, also the anatomy was a big challenge, I took the time to redraw the character again an again to find that perfect fit, even at the last minutes before finishing it i was working on this, good thing is that I have strong coloring skill so that was the easy part, I know for some might sound strange the struggle but I think every artist here and there have this piece they can't create at once and this one was mine, now the relieve after seeing this completed full color and everything has taking off a lot of weight off my back and I can move forward to new challenges, hopefully they wont take another 10 years LOL

Thank you for the amazing support ! 
This piece is dedicated to Carlos Pacheco and Joe Madureira my Hero artists when I found the X-Men

You can get some prints of this piece on my Etsy:
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alexrecoba's avatar
Icarus33's avatar

i’m a sucker for any jubes in her blue n’ gold (a’la Uncanny #275)!

141188's avatar

90s X-Men were the best X-Men :D

SkullCrusher92's avatar
DeadCobra's avatar
It is so awesome
MLBlue's avatar
Great job!  Unusual to see Gambit without his jacket, not a big deal.
MetalHarbinger084's avatar
A truly awesome piece!
Kyouken0w0's avatar
Stefandorfer's avatar
Wow! Awesome work!
I want that cup of Beast too! 😂
TheforgottenSiren's avatar
i loved this show as a kid and love seeing art to this day of the X-Men
GhostShell5's avatar
Excellent work on the best team ever.
DarkerEve's avatar
The best roster.
dougello7's avatar

This is pretty sweet. For those unaware of who the characters are in this piece, I suggest boning up on your X-Men knowledge. Furthermore, the blue and yellow color palette was the way these characters looked in the 90's. It's a classic look in the comics. It may have taken you ten years to finish this, but I think the wait was worth it. Nice.

DoaBob's avatar

Who is the girl hugging Colossus? Kitty Pryde?

millgiass's avatar

Is The Beast drinking a hot cup of ass?

Thanks for reminding me how good this series was to me
squarenuts's avatar
How the mighty have fallen. 
Fuego-fantasmal's avatar
Looks really awesome.
Cosmic-Turtle's avatar
Absolutely fantastic! You made each member look perfect. Now to criticise the X-Men, and not this specific piece, it's kinda annoying that most of the members consist of blue and yellow, and then some other members have a different color pallet. It's just a little inconsistant, but nothing horrible.
kingken5's avatar
More like the x men we grew up with as kids
wildpegasus13's avatar
You can just hear the animated series theme song in your head when you look at this!
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