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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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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
Catt-Nightingale Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Someone on deviantart is taking credit for the drawing…
JamieDeeRaw 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
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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