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FAIREST Cover 1 by AdamHughes FAIREST Cover 1 by AdamHughes
Year: 2011
Client: Vertigo/ DC Comics
Media: Media: Pencil, PITT Pen and COPIC marker on Strathmore Drawing paper, then colored with Adobe Photoshop CS2.

This is the wraparound cover to Bill Willingham's FAIREST, coming soon from Vertigo/DC Comics. It's the new new FABLES spinoff book, and I'm the regular cover artist. I've been a FABLES fan for a while now, and am really excited to be a contributor now!

This one was WORK, I mus say, and not for the reasons you might think... When I do regular covers for a book, it usually takes me 5-7 covers before I figure out how I like to portray the main character.

On THIS cover, I had to commit to how I would portray, what, 13 characters? 'Ugh!' and "Oh, no!'

I'm not going to name all the characters portrayed here, because sharp-eyed FABLES fans seem to be having too much fun trying to guess all of them!
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:iconorcaparade:
orcaparade Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Your work is too good, makes me want to get better.
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:icongrafight:
Grafight Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
I can't think of anyone more appropriate to illustrate a book about a murder mystery in the world of Fables, which is sparked by the tyranny of beauty. Indeed these ladies are the fairest in all the land.
Wonderful!
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InsanePaper-plane Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOO AMAZING !
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
 I've seen this image several times in the past, but I've only just noticed that there is a gentleman hidden amidst all these lovely ladies (not to mention the elemental forces in distinctly feminine form); this fact and the contented expression on this fellows face can best be explained with two words 'Adam Hughes'.

 'Nuff said.
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LaylaAngel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist
although youz dont want to say the names, could you still do it. I am really interested into knowing their names. 
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:iconpussylips:
pussylips Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Cool
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:icondavidbray:
DavidBray Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Love this series: love your covers.
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:iconmisterprickly:
misterprickly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
What's with all the FRICKEN SPAM!?!
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:iconmikenason:
mikenason Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artist
...it's just not fair...um, never mind me...a cornucopia of desires and mortal failings....heaven on earth?....now I guess I'll have to buy the damn thing to find out...sonofa!!!....again, never mind me....Waaaah! 
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saipol73 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had reached my wits end this helped me get back on my feet miracles really do exist just think of all the possibilities
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:iconvin010:
vin010 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had to prove that I could amount to something this picked me up when I was down this put me back in the swing of things I figured I should share the wealth
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:iconcosstrig:
cosstrig Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Easiest Way to Burn Fat
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:iconlixir:
Lixir Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I DID IT!
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:iconmisterprickly:
misterprickly Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
My complements to your reference acquirer!
Too bad the lighting's all wrong.
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Sin-Novedades Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist

Sometimes the light is not thought in the source but in the meaning.

Illuminating what you want show clearly, or to give certain intention.

The way someone displays the shadow and light can also be caracteristic of its style : )

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misterprickly Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist

HUH?!

What are you smoking?

Your statement is BOTH confusing and wrong.

The scene is lit INCORRECTLY... End of story.

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misterprickly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist

You have dedicated light sources coming from the far left (hallway) and two from the right (lamp and headboard).


The center of this work should be bathed in shadow (not BLACK but shaded), nobody should be "top lit" since there's no dedicated light on the celling and NOTHING should be front lit as there is no light in the front.


Were these all drawn and shaded separate and then arranged (like a collage) later?


If you were to shade them together (on the same page) it would have better flow.

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Grafight Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Are you familiar with tonal keys? The scene is lit correctly, but rendered in a higher key. That's why the light areas are so bright, almost white, even though they are only illuminated by a small lamp and far away windows.
To be able to see the faces clearly is more important to the success of the illustration than life-like tonal range,  specially considering that this is a fantasy scene.

An artist of the level of Adam Hughes doesn't make mistakes, only choices.

"Disliked by you" ≠ "wrong"
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misterprickly Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
You put a lot of thought into that... Too bad you're wrong.

The scene is incorrectly lite, your making excuses for him when he CAN defend himself AND he does make mistakes.

And the whole: "Disliked by you" ≠ "wrong"... by using the not equals sign, you're saying that I am right.
Just FYI.
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Grafight Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
"Disliked by you (does not equal) wrong"
Let me explain it in terms you can understand:

If you don't like it, it doesn't mean it's wrong. In fact there is no "wrong" in art, only choices.
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misterprickly Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
You have to remember that art is subjective and not everyone is going to appreciate things on the same level or for the same reasons.

There are works of his that I do enjoy... This is not one of them.
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misterprickly Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well he made the WRONG choices!
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FOX-hime Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi im a huge fan of your work i mean come on its epic in every way this piece is soooooooooooo amazing
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Gigi-Avila Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional
OMG! Amazing! <3
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nothingtolookat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
The Snow Queen
Cinderella (with Dorothy's Shoes)
Princess Alder
Beauty
Prince Brandish
Mrs. Sprat
???
Ozma
Rapunzel
Snow White
Briar Rose
Rose Red
Thumblina
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Wow, how were you able to do that?  I thought the girl in the bed was Wonder Woman and the rest were female superheros in street clothes.
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:iconnothingtolookat:
nothingtolookat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I'm a total geek for the Fables series! I have ever single issue!
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Cool  :)
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:iconnothingtolookat:
nothingtolookat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I recognize everyone except the woman with the coffee pot.
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:iconmixgray:
MixGray Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing!!
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:iconlazey1:
lazey1 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!!
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:iconatomickirby:
AtomicKirby Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Loooove it!
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Baka-Lee Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this is more like where Adam Hughes needs to be: girls in a bed.

You're getting closer to realizing your true potential every day, bub. Now we either need more men... or maybe some dildos. Anyone bring the lube?
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Artist
That's glorious! Wonderful, really. You blow my mind every time... Happy New Year mate, to you and yours! L.
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TommyDamnInks Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the redhead girl on the side! Who is she?
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MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's probably Rose Red.
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Dokurorider Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ugh I'm enamored about how you can do female faces they're so real...
did you use references or just imagined them out from the fables?

:D
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HELL-GATE-GYPSY Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
sooooooooooo cool
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drewarmstrong Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive followed your career for years and I cant beleive that I can even be part of the same community as you. You are on my top 5 list and have been since I first saw your work. I can only hope to one day get like half as good as you. again huge fan, wild piece man.
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poowulpi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I JUST BOUGHT THIS POSTER TODAY AND IT'S HANGING ABOVE MY PC MONITOR AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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beorange Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
they should include the little mermaid in this! I wonder if she appears somewhere in the story? :D
YOU WORK IS AWESOME! i'm so in love with your gallery!
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mehdi-tehrani Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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spenglar92356 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is an amazing piece of art that you've put together. I wish that there was a way to attain a print.
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sali2007 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Hi, you are brilliant, can you tell me what is the cost if you make me a cove for a short story of 35 page? Thanks Salam at sali2007@hotmail.co.uk
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:iconfirpo:
Firpo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Could be transformed in an old style picture, great!
Fil
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:iconbaka-lee:
Baka-Lee Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like you on this series a lot. Nice and calm and centering on the only thing you're good for: tits.

Best. Fit. Ever.
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