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Atom Eve Convention Sketch by AdamHughes Atom Eve Convention Sketch by AdamHughes
Atomeve convention sketch, done at SuperCon in San Jose this past weekend. She's from a comicbook called Invincible, I believe!

Pencil, Pitt pen, and gray Copic marker on 11 X 14 Bristol Drawing paper.

Someone alerted me to this post on an INVINCIBLE message board:

"he drawls 'em hot, no doubt... but she's a little too old looking, which seems to be a AH! issue: not great with conveying youth. hotness, yes. youth, no."

At the risk of sounding defensive, I have no idea how old this character is or isn't. I'd never seen the comic except for the the one the fan handed me for reference. The art, while fabulous, was very stylized. Atomeve is very tall, with an ample chest, so please cut me a small amount of slack when I say that I have no idea if sheis 14, 20, or 28.

Also, I don't get hired to draw many 'youthful' (does that mean 'teen'?) girls. Catwoman, Wonder Woman, pretty much all my usual subjects are in their mid-late 20s and beyond. I think the few times I've had to draw Wonder Girl or some other teen heroine, I've gotten fairly close to the right age bracket.

Again, not trying to sound defensive. I can take criticism fairly well, but I humbly & politely suggest that this time it's mildly unfounded.

I apologize if anyone is offended by my statement, especially the creators of the book. The art was amazing and I really want to read it now.


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jlt528 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Someone should be thankful they got AH! art, and stop bitching...Others will kill for it.
remdesigns Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Ha! I'm 42 and play roller derby...she's looks plenty young to me; what do they want...14 year old girls? Scary. Great stuff...I love your portfolio.
bidhrohi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Adam Hughes is one of the best in the biz, if not the best. Top 3 on my list, others being Mignola and Tim Sale. Don't really get the "too old looking" argument. If I had to guess the age of the character in this picture, I'd say 22-25. Do we WANT her to look younger than this? I don't.
RickMays Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
"hotness, yes. youth, no."
Well Ace, since you're clearly too gracious to, I'll just go ahead and say it. Those who can, do. Those who can't, talk isht. Sorry boys.
SpitbiteArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Up and At Them!

…I mean, 'Up and Adam!'

…I mean, 'Up and Atom!'
petermacc Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Don't listen to them Adam. You handle these women with the best of intentions I'm sure. Besides sometimes its hard to tell what age women are sometimes. Keep those orbs perky!
I doubt there will be any complaints from the boyz.

tanx bud,
johnloganart Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
I've just recently been introduced to Adam's work and am blown away by it. I love the pencil sketches/drawings like this. So amazingly talented. As an 'aspiring to be good' artist I'm humbly in awe. It takes talent and dedication to the nth degree to reach this status, two things that very, very few have or will ever achieve.

cavernaman Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
coool position
orabich Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! :D
LaClairest Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Err, well I think you're brilliant with all of your drawings...

But just in case you want to try working on 'younger' styles, why don't you try drawing some cute lil girls? Doing that will allow you to note the various differences between what's 'adult' and what's 'young'. Like how younger people have more forehead and their eyes, nose, and mouth are closer together and located lower down on their faces. Drawing cute little kids may be a good contrast to your more mature drawings and give you an idea of 'youth'. When you've got an idea of both extremes (adult vs. kids), then that will help you get an idea of how to vary your younger teenagers a bit more.

Again, I don't have any problems with your art. I just wanted to suggest something new since I noticed there aren't many kids included in your drawings. Other than that, keep up the wonderful art! =)
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