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Jade by AdamHughes Jade by AdamHughes
Year: 2010
Client: DC Comics
Media: Pencil & PITT pen on Strathmore Drawing Paper, then colored in Adobe Photoshop CS2



This is a Jade cover done for DC Comics, which ultimately won't be published. It happens; that's life as a freelancer. But YOU get to see it! Whee!

DC wanted a very specific design - the character flying at the reader against a white background.

******UPDATE*******

Due to the overwhelming number of people responding with variations on "I can't believe DC rejected this", I have to clarify something.

DC Comics did not reject this art. The art was accepted and I was paid. After I handed in the cover, I was told it wasn't going to be used for its intended purpose, so it they're holding on to it for a future use.
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:icondeepizzaguy:
Deepizzaguy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Writer
What a beauty. A real super hero.
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:iconbaykillcomics:
baykillcomics Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, Jade....

How often you are forgotten about in the minds of people
who say they are comic book fans. 
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:iconariesgl:
Ariesgl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Incredible artwork!!
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:iconamkumar72:
AMKumar72 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Green! amazing!
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:iconmartysalsman:
MartySalsman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this character!
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:icondaremaker:
daremaker Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Excellence! Poor Jade with her no longer existing inconvenience.
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:iconalysandir:
Alysandir Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Almost had the honor of owning this. Had an agreement in place with the seller, had made 3 of 5 payments for it, and then he yanked it off the table and said he was selling it to someone else unless I paid the rest of what I owed him, PLUS an extra $450. I told him he should honor our agreement; he told me to pound sand.

Beautiful work, sir, but unfortunately one associated with a bitter memory for me.
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:iconalf-alpha:
Alf-Alpha Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome stuff! Wonder why it didn't get published!
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:icondasw123:
dasw123 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
clean perfect work !!
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:iconvocaltaffy:
vocaltaffy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is too wonderful to be unpublished.
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:iconthesavagekyle:
thesavagekyle Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the pose
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:iconthundergoat:
thundergoat Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it simply an optical illusion from the coloring process, or did the angle of her head change slightly in the colored version?

Amazing piece! As always, very thrilled to see both the pencils and the finished version. Great job and probably my favorite image of this character to date.
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:iconadamhughes:
AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Optical illusion. :-)
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:iconthundergoat:
thundergoat Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks Adam. Keep up the great work!
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:iconblackstoneseven:
BlackStoneSeven Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Very well done! :clap:
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:iconquantum-roberts:
Quantum-Roberts Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Green Space Babes have never looked this good...wait isn't Jade from Earth? Oh now I'm confused. Still stunning though. :D
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:iconalicethestrange:
AliceTheStrange Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Jade is wicked, but have you ever drawn Arisia Rrab?
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:icondonart78:
donart78 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
another masterpiece ... I was blessed being the witnes of your magic skill Adam
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:iconthee-wizard:
thee-wizard Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
effin nice! :)
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:iconrentnarb:
rentnarb Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
wow...
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:icondasnowman:
DaSnowman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Jade is just plain awesome. Great work.
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:iconheliotroperoots:
HeliotropeRoots Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
So lovely! I really enjoy her expression, and the pose is wonderful :)
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:iconvivyhan:
vivyhan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
I love every single one of your pieces.
You sir, are so pro.
(Iloveyou)
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:icondarkereve:
DarkerEve Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
So beautiful Jade, love this one (oh like i don't love all your gallery all ready :D), awesome work as always :D
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:iconshmiee:
shmiee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Awesome artwork Keep em coming!!
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:iconshmiee:
shmiee Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
wow amazing!
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:iconterennnash:
terennNash Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Question for you Adam: In this piece its a bit easier for you to decide(i think) what to ink and what to leave for CS2 since you did the entire piece beginning to end, but what i am curious about is the area to the left of her jaw.

In the pencil/PITT drawing, you have some areas seriously darkened out, which i would interpret to be inked if it were passed to me. What was the though process in deciding to use CS2 for that area over solid blacks and hatching?
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:iconadamhughes:
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
I'm a little confused by your comments.... "some areas... interpret to be inked" is one. The whole piece IS inked; it's an inked illustration. And by "area to the left of her jaw", I'm going to have to assume you mean the hatching & cross-hatching on her right trapezius.

I didn't choose CS2 over the inks in that area; I just converted the lines to color. I think it's hard to see because of the size of the JPEG. My reasoning was that the area in question is supposed to be white fabric, and to have such high-contrast rendering on the whites would have been in conflict with the approach I was taking, so... I converted the lines to color. I did the same thing to much of the lineart on her face.

Hope that answers your question.

:-)
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:iconterennnash:
terennNash Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
That absolutely did answer my question :) thanks Adam!
and sorry for not being specific enough :/ still learning my anatomy!

Completely forgot about conversion!
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:iconservatillo:
servatillo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
no entiendo como puede salir tanta perfeccion de tus manos
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:iconsid8:
sid8 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Kickass!!Shazam!!
You the Best!!, after Dave Cockrum!!
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:icontx0pe:
tx0pe Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work Adam, thanks for sharing it.
I made an alternate version (nothing in comparison) of it featuring a character of mine. May I use it in a digital comic of mine? Non profit comic book. It's just, liked the pose so much! [link]
If you disagree I can do another shot though.
Big fan of yours man.
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:iconsanchezart:
sanchezart Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconguilhermewonsik:
guilhermewonsik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
godlike, as always
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:iconfirecube56:
Firecube56 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Looks like it will happen after War of Green Lanterns cooled off.
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:iconsupermarioart:
supermarioART Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your work on anatomy and faces!Great!;-)
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:iconjwichmann:
JwichmanN Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
question:
the hatching in the face, is that a fine tip pitt or left as pencil?

thanks
-J.
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:iconmacmutton:
MacMutton Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Amazing! When comparing the lineart with the colored version It becomes evident your ability with PS. Truly amazing.
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:iconrostridge:
rostridge Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful as always. I am always amazed at how perfectly you are able to add form to the faces of your subjects. And the foreshortening on the figure is awesome!
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:iconloteria:
Loteria Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student
awsome!
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:icondylanebennetda:
DylanebennetDA Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Great as ever Sir! :love:
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:icond-comicsstudio:
D-ComicsStudio Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
SHOOOOWWWWW!!!!:)
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:icondartaken:
dartaken Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Excelente pieza
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:iconrainygami:
rainygami Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice pose y escorzo
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:iconarchistrator2814:
ArchiStrator2814 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Awesome as always!!!
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:iconjmqrz:
jmqrz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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:icontcassisbr:
tcassisbr Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Belo trabalho!
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:iconkarishmamaniac:
karishmamaniac Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
As usual, your style is amazing!! Reminds me of Liv Tyler a a little bit. :)
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:iconkaisius:
kaisius Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work, sir, as always. Thank you for sharing!
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:iconkenyu05kr:
Kenyu05KR Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
it is still well done.
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