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London 1898 by AdamHughes London 1898 by AdamHughes
A slightly classier convention sketch than the just-posted Pussycat, showing off my FABULOUS RANGE!

This is Mina Murray, from Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's brilliant LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN; this was done in London at a con for the fabulous 'Cheeky' Joe Melchior.

LEAGUE is one of my all-time favorite comics, made into one of the all-time worst film adaptations ever. If you've only seen the film PLEASE read the comic, available in trade paperback form. I beg you.

The one on the left is the original sketch, and the color version on the right is a quick digital coloring I did for fun.
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NewageRetro Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Read the comics. Seen the movie. Liked both for totally different reasons.   And hey, come to that Also read the books the comic references.   
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I love it! Wonderful quality here! :heart:
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EREX94 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Absolutely beautiful!
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Madkhat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Aw, the film wasn't THAT bad! It wasn't really the comic, no, but still.
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AndroidBrain Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've always like Mina Murray and the League. You've done her very well, nice Megan Fox eyebrows. I rather like the movie I thought it was very entertaining though not like the comic book.
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Evil-Urd Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
yay! Mina gorgeous, classy and totally in character! :D
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FrauleinVampyria Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful !
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KidUgly Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
This is gorgeous. I'm in love with your style.
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Delmuire Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I LOVE THIS!
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HellsingThess Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
There is such poise and elegance in this piece that’s entirely Mina. The bat hanging over her head is a clever touch. I would have liked to see her with a lit cigarette, just to break that polite Victorian gentlewoman image a little, but nonetheless is terrific.

I like to pretend there is no movie as well… I was disappointed with the Black Dossier because the change of atmosphere was so jarring, I wonder if the other sequels could live up to the quality of volume 1 and 2.
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CraigPhillips Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Great!
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Syra-728 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful!! I love the right verson with the colors a little more, but stil both are beautifully drawn!!
And personally I loved both the movie and the comic :shrug: That may have something to do with Sean Connery being my favorite actor... But the movie was nothing like the comic i agree...expect the title...and some characters... but it had good action points and fight scenes and the other characters they added in were interesting!
The comic had an amazing style but some parts disturbed me XD Such as that odd female school...XD But I enjoyed it :3
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CptMatt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Very nice, beautiful rendering of her. The first thing that struck me was the pose and framing you used reminded me a lot of Alfonse Mucha's style. Which is a good thing. :-)
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wadedillon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love your period pieces, Adam! Again, fantastic job!
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Permanentsugarrush Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Thank God there are actually other Leauge fans out there...most people I know have never heard of it.
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tanfukang Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
man, a league fan here, waiting for vol3 book 2... alan's books always delay!!! but never fail to over acheive!!haha

i just wish adam would do more LEAGUE pieces.

PERHAPS .. minah and orlando as a woman,

that would be entirely satisfying,,,,
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alx123094 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
kill me now i cant find a store that sells this anywhere and you art isnt helpin well it is helping but it makes me desperate to find a copy of LxG
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coloredimage Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I absolutely adore the way you draw Mina. She's one of my favorite literary and comic characters - thank you for doing her justice
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tanfukang Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
hhi , mr hughes. im a great fan of UR art, though i havent read any story of urs. buti have seen videos of u drawing ( women) and it does inspire me.

and I LOVE TO SEE MORE MISCellenous work of LEAGUE from u.this one is fantastic.i have read the paper back.and volumes 2 and 3 and the one in between.

i saw some of the other league ones.
but may be u should do those from vol 2 and 3 ..perhapes even dark dossier.
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terrordactil Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
very nice i have;nt seen the comic book but i read dracula and she(mina murry)is a fantastic character and this picture really does her justice.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Thanks!
If you get a chance, check out the trade paperback of the first volume of the LEAGUE. If you like Mina, you really need to check out what Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil posit as Mina's life after Dracula. She's my favorite character in the LEAGUE.
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terrordactil Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
i will, read dracula too because you can see the characters in their origional form and is rather insightful and surprisingly modern in its descriptions, characterisations and events also it paints a different picture of some of the characters like lucy and johnathon harker.

sorry about the rant
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Oh, I've read the original Stoker novel, don't worry about that...

;-)
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chasingsirens Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
i just finished it! it was really great! mina is a really amazing character. i didn't know she was in this series. the movie was good; i'll have to check it out!
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terrordactil Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
I like how the characters were represented especially lucy I think her transition was more powerful in the book than in the film.
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Adam Hughes doing Alan Moore fanart?! Fuck me, this is a fan boy's dream! Now if you did a Promethea piece I could die a happy man!
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AbsoluteAudrey Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
At first I was like, "What's she sitting on, air?" and then I realized... she's sitting on invisible man, duh!

fabulous as always
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Thanks.

You're pulling my leg, though, right?
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hawkeye Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
The aging on the second is so cool. I love both, great piece of Mina. If they could have made it even a bit of brilliance the book had, it would have been some movie. Moore is brilliant.
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winona-adamon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the art nouveau reference and the idea of old photographs ^^
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YourFavoritePlushie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
A very beautiful picture, the red stands out so much in both versions. Simple but elegant.

I've always aimed to draw something like this, though I am a very long way from it.
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mrk9sp Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Mina. I had a crush on her since reading "Dracula: A Symphony in Moonlight & Nightmares" by Jon J. Muth. If only I could quite my job and take up watercolors, or perhaps inking? Adam, you sir make my day. I have hit the sketchpad since finding your work.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Yay! The more artists, the better!
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mrk9sp Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thanks! Posted a sketch I did on a flight home trying to get back into good form again. [link]
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CitizenOlek Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Classy!
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dsantiag Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is a very classy portrait! Damn straight about the books!
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jacksprat Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
You may've answered this in an earlier comment; if so, I apologize in advance. What did you think of LoEG Volume 2? I read most of Black Dossier and found the straight text parts to be very trying.
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
I loved LoEG, Vol. II; I am a huge fan of HG Welles' WAR OF THE WORLDS, and weaving the League into that tale brought me unparalled joy. The twists & turns of the story thrilled me, especially the strange nobility & heroism of Edward Hyde (in light of all his horrors as a true monster).

BLACK DOSSIER was fun to read, but I kind felt like a life-long Avengers fan who picked up the latest story and found out that it was no long the super-team book that I fell in love with but something completely different, like a Harlequin romance novel. LEAGUE seems to have gone from being about a team of Victorian gothic horror & adventure tales to being abook about how many literary references can be squeezed into a well-told tale. While I love the little literary in-jokes & public-domain character appearances as a fabulous side dish, that's not what was on the menu that drew me to the meal.

Also, I'm not crazy about Mina & Allen as omnisexual immortals screwing their way across the literary pagescape; I think they are the anchor to the first two volumes because they are the two most human or 'normal' characters for us to relate to. Sometimes, I think it's best to not ever find out about what happened to our favorite characters after their adventures are told.

:-)
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jacksprat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I wasn't fond of LoEG II. I thought there were some cool elements like Island of Dr. Moreau and War of the Worlds but they didn't seem to do anything with it for me. It seemed like an excuse to kill off or otherwise get rid of the League while something horrible happens to London. I found myself disgusted and disengaged. Black Dossier; I would've liked to have the actual Dossier as a separate book than to have most of the book straight text. I agree with Mina and Allen thing. When the characters' motivation is to have sex in interesting places and escape from angry Brits, I don't have a lot of stake in the story. I can sort of see how this book led into Lost Girls.
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KeresaLea Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009   Digital Artist
Honestly, I think I like the gray version better, the red scarf sticks out more.

The color gives her more of that 'Queen of the Daytime Vampires' feeling. (Don't hit me, I bruise.)
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Velesia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
I love the framing aspects you use from the cloth and the nouveau architecture to the stars and background images on one of the Catwoman covers. Has this developed as a side-effect of drawing covers or other images that traditionally favor a border or structure of some kind?
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
I never thought of it, but, yes, that's probably how it all came about! I'm such a big fan of art nouveau that it's always a treat to incorporate elements into an assingment...
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Velesia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
the nouveau style has been one of my favorites for a long time. I want to get into illustration professionally, and the forms and figures (both in structure and human form) of the nouveau style has been my goal but I've come to realize I might not ever draw things that way.

This summer I will be graduating with a BA in visual arts, are there any tips or suggestions you might have for someone looking to get into the professional illustration business (in comics or otherwise)?

Thanks so much for responding so quickly and precisely to all of my questions! I really appreciate your time!
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Tips? You bet.

Make sure your presentation portfolio, whether in person or online, is brief and amazing. If you can't wow an art director into giving you work with your 7 best pieces, they won't get to drawing #106 and go "OK, you sold me! Want a job?"

Be humble (but don't let anyone walk all over you). No one likes an arrogant up-n-comer, mo matter how good they are.

Don't quit your day job until you're positive you have steady work. When I drew JUSTIE LEAGUE, I still worked 2 days a week in a comic ship, and actually sold my first few issues.

Get some solid tax advice NOW. I didn't have any, and I got behind on my taxes from day one. It took me almost 17 years to FINALLY get caught up. The way freelancers get paid is WAYYY different than normal humans. A good accountant is worth what you pay them, I kid you not. Once you're settled in your career, I highly recommend incorporating. You become your own employee, and you pay yourself a salary. Sounds weird, but this fabulous country of ours is set up so's to really benefit businesses. Unfortunately, it's also set up to mess with freelancers and artists; after you pay the fabulous 'self-employment tax' a few times, you'll grow weary of it. Incorporating makes all that go away; I keep LOTS more of my money that I used to. Take THAT, Uncle Sam!

Be prepared for setbacks and dissapointments; it's the nature of the business. Remember, if anyone or anything makes you feel so down that you don't want to be a professional illustrator, you probably don't have what it takes to survive in the industry. Soooooo.... don't let anything damage your dream!

Make sure you have fun. Being a professional illustrator means having to draw a lot of stuff you don't WANT to draw, until you start getting assignments you really like. Make sure you always set aside some time to draw stuff that makes you happy, even if it's in your down-time. This is REALLY important. Going pro can really suck the joy out of art; be prepared for it, and it won't hit you like a brick to the head.

That's all I can think of at this late hour....

:-)
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Velesia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
wow, that's fantastic. I couldn't have hoped for a better response. I've found a bunch of different websites that host portfolios online, but was trained that in-person presentations are the best way to go; you get to sell 'You'. However, I understand the benefits of hosting a portfolio online, it's probably really convenient for businesses to look up who they want to hire. Do you have a particular site that you use or would recommend, or would you suggest a more personal approach?
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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
First off, forget your training. Or at the very least, don't be a slave to it. The most successful people in this world took their training and modified it's practical application.

Secondly, you DO have to sell you, but sometimes you don't get the right amount of time. If all you have the opportunity to do is hand an art director your business card that has one great piece fo art on it and the URL of your online gallery, then you really do need an amazing online gallery to help you get work.

As for recommendations.... the DA is one. Also, getting a mac.com membership comes with web space. There's dozens of options. Just keep the gallery brief, amazing, and frre from animation, ads, or clutter.

Best of luck!

-AH!-
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DerecDonovan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
I mean this with all kindness-

I hate you.

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AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
That's OK.

I hope you sit on a knife!

:-)
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DerecDonovan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
the handle?
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009   Filmographer
any chance you've read Anno Dracula by Kim Newman?

I love League of Gentlemen as much as you, if by chance you hadn't read it you may want to give it a shot, you will not be dissappointed....................promise!
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