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Emma and Jean by AdamHughes Emma and Jean by AdamHughes
Medium: pencil, ink, Adobe Photoshop

I found the file for this oldie the other day, so I thought I'd post it!

This is a cover I did for WIZARD magazine 7 or 8 years ago. They wanted Jean Grey and Emma Frost of the X-MEN books, and nothing else. No background, no other characters, nada. Always give the client what they want!

WIZARD went on to give the art to MARVEL, who proceeded to use it along with all their other art (any art produced for MARVEL goes into a sort of giant ClipArt database, and since they own it all, anyone MARVEL person or licensor can use any of the art), the only problem being MARVEL never paid me to use the art. It was produced for a news periodical, not one of their comics. It's seen print in several MARVEL books, I never made a dime, nor was I given credit, or even a complimentary copy of said publication. I usually found out when a fan would bring up the thing to be signed.

I'm not griping - it's the nature of the business. The same thing happened to me with TOMB RAIDER. All the Lara Croft art I did for PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE somehow ended up at Top Cow (whom I had legitimately done quite a few TOMB RAIDER covers for), and Top Cow has used that PSM art many times. I'm not sure how that works; did PSM give the art to EIDOS, the TOMB RAIDER owner, and THEY gave the art to Top Cow? Who knows.

My point is: kids, keep an eye on things when working as an artist.


Oh, a note on Jean's finger touching Emma's boob... in my mind it was less about Jean copping a feel, and more about Emma being a pushy Personal Space Invader. She'll go into your mind with no reservations whatsoever, and she'll stand way too close when she knows it makes you uncomfortable.
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Derek4u Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015   Artist
Those eyes...WOW
sonic5467 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
WhiteWraith Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DaGoodCaptain Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning work! I loved Morrison's run, this brings back memories.
s-u-m-m-e-r-s Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
this is the image that made want to start learning how to draw. Amazing job AH.
You, Dave Stevens, Frank Cho and Stanley Lau are my inspirations and are the best IMO :D
graffilthy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Great pic captures their personalities
CattBon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Someone on deviantart is taking credit for the drawing…
J-BIRDSPRINGS Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Xmen says use Pro-Active... like really it works..jk great work as always! Gonna continue hawking your collection and buying weekly issues.. yeah I'm a supporter
Csyeung Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my fav's that you've done. Although with your work, many of them are favs =P.
JamesZilla2k11 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Jean Grey is my girl, yet I'm feeling a love for Emma right now, I'm at a crossroads xD
Alexejia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
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citannah18 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
God this is EXACTLY how I imagine them Jean Grey is soft, beautiful, and stoic and Emma Frost is hard, sexy, and dangerous truly inspired artwork.
LBProductions Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
emma has such a beautiful face - very mila-esque~

love this piece <3
schuy007 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
thats awesOOOM!
aRmydesigner Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work!
SmwhiteCAMS22 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
snowbloodqueen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice work. Although Emma is wearing less clothes I think Jean looks prettier.
hinata-hayuga1999 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They never paid you?! Thats awful and with such a gorgous picture too!!! Seriously! I hope that doesn't happen to me when I become an artist...if it does I'll punch'em!
Minity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I would love to see an updated version of this....with Psylocke added! One can dream lol
jjjiraffe Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wha.... guh... um, very nice.
Mad-Maven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
I loooooooove
penisboobies Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It's beautiful. They seriously offered no compensation? I guess that is the nature of corporations. Have you ever designed other characters besides Ghost? You should do you own graphic novel and keep the residuals. Heck you could do fairy tale characters, they are public domain.
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
WOW!!! Stunning Work!!!
NatlieSparkie Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
HOLY MAMA ON A SPOON! This is absolutely amazing! *faints*
RaelIAK Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
:stupidme: :jawdrop: :+favlove:
wolfgerous Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
like it!!!
beachrain Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you have an awesome style of line art and coloring
kaskajo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
conozco este dibujo de hace aņos y no me cansa nada volver a verlo.maravilloso.
fancando Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Just awesome!
LeandroSans Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice work.
DrTenk Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Bloodybot Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just saw this one in a spanish enciclopedia of marvel.

They give you credit: Dibujo de Adam Hughes :)

You can watch it here: [link]

Sorry for the bad english :P
blacksilk-kitty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
this is personally my fav Wizard cover of all time. you are one of the greatest pinup artists of all time Mr Hughes
Captain-I Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Why does Emma act pissed that we're staring (and we ARE staring)? What did she think would happen with that outfit?
andros61 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
this is Ah stuff for sure!
NubianGoddess Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Great Work:)
NevaehLleh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Still so jealous that my friend Melanie met you at comic con and got to sit for reference shots and then ended up as part of this awesome piece! Oiy!!!
MichaelBrower Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student
This is my current wallpaper and my all time favorite piece you've done. I love the way you draw Jean Grey. I hope to see more of her in your gallery in the future. Take care.
artythejeep Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
this loks reely good
gemmillw Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
One of my all-time favorites, I bought the calendar way back when and saw this image featured everywhere, I had no idea Marvel had that kind of power.... word from the wise, I suppose. Thanks for reposting this Mr. Hughes.
gemmillw Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
one of my all-time favorites, I bought the calendar way-back when, thanks for reposting this classic!
Otyugh Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
I was trying to write a comment but I just couldn't find what to say. It's just perfect.
perpetualpanda Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favorite pieces! I love it! :)
duofan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
I still have the issue of the magazine when this was first published. It's great work, too bad about the corporation though!
Clione Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh wow, this is one of yours? I saw this in the X-men encyclopedia and loved it, I think it looks absolutely amazing. Looking at it now, it does have your name under it in small writing at the bottom....

I guess your story is a life lesson for all of us =\
sharinggansamuel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Emma for life ^_^
MariahGem Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Wow, this has always been one of my favorite works of yours! I remember seeing it first when I was working in a comic book store, and I fell in love with it! It helped me see what was really possible with art! It sucks so hard that you got ripped on this one. But at least you can know how many lives you touch with your art. LOL.

It's truly beautiful!
Rcharles Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Hi!!I'm from Brazil and I'm a big fan of your work. wonderful drawing.

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