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Supergirl, 1986 by AdamHughes Supergirl, 1986 by AdamHughes
Here's an antique, from the dim mists of the 20th century. Berol Prismacolor pencil on typing paper. I was 20. Hopefully there has been some improvement.

Been a long time, coming here to meet you; on a crooked road.
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Ansley Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
i wonder what all the fuss is but this piece still looks years ahead even in 86'.
makor359 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Its great, she looks a little like Goldie Hawn
alphanathan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
oh, god!!!! it's awful! ha ha! thanx for the laugh!!
sonic5467 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is Crisis Got Reconned
Yonami Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So, there's still hopes for me :iconyaomemeplz:
Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Oh my God! 86!? This picture is just one year older than I am! Wow! Very cool to see you've been drawing this good for this long! Great job Mr. Hughes! Thanks for sharing this moment in time with us!
UltraGeon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
sadly after the 80's ended, Supergirl's costume and hair never looked that good ever again....infact nothing has ever even come close.
Jorell-Rivera Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Artist
Wow, this is awesome to see. That was the first version of Supergirl that I remember seeing. I had a Superman coloring book with Supergirl in it as well, although it might have been a sticker book too? I can't remember but I remember this Supergirl being in it. Anyway, this is pretty great, and it shows you were still pretty damn good at 20.
iwonderbc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
untilmoraleimproves Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Ahhh, life before Photoshop :)
sil3ntm08i0us Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Beautiful and the detail is superb!
(On a side note, I am cracking up at how her costume has been shrinking over the years. :rofl:)
Laiferr Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
This really gives me hope; I'm 20 and draw about as well as this now. Maybe one day, I can be at your level, if I keep practicing. Love your art Adam, you are the biggest inspiration to me!
rockthearts1212 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its as old as me. lol
dokidokiluv Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Oh the 80's...
BrandonNielsen87 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
o_o... That was drawn before I was born.
SD619 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
You should do an updated version of this pic. A before and after kinda thing. That's what I've been doing lately with some of my art lately. Its a cool way to see how far you've come as an artist.
CyranoInk Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
I gotta say, this is quite encouraging... *runs off to practice*
Genso001 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
I LOVE seeing antique works of great artists I admire.
Delmuire Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I like that you posted this. Every one has to start some where and a lot of artists are too proud to show their progress.
Looks like you were well on your way to developing your "style" at 20 :-)
Joy-Freak Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the 80's hair style!
DevroDigital Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Thank you for posting this!

It's great to see how your work has grown and that your talent has been honed by years of hard graft. :work:
tempestsreign Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Seeing the beginning stages of artistry is always fascinating. Thank you for allowing us all to see yours. :)
clydevil Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Really the beginnig of a great artist!!!
DarkerEve Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
You where amazing in that time, and still amazing in this one(far more amazing :D) great one, remains me Crisis hehehe, great work :D
kaeae Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
its nice to know u were once mortal, haha
Oohdelally Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Those were the days! I actually started reading comics around 85-86, just in time for crisis. Yup you've improved alot :). What's with the headband and chestdesign? :O
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Don't ask me; I only LIVED in the 1980s. There was some kinda trend with headbands during the whole aerobics craze, so Supergirl got an 80s look at the time.
Homeros-Gilani Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Here its clear that one thing is still consistent in your art. You have kept your appreciation for the female 'chest'!
I guess some things never change...

And also thanks for sharing! ;)
srhanson Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Wow, this is gorgeous! What made you start objectifying women between then and now?
INFINITIandBEYOND Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Prismacolour did this? oh my lmaooooo i wonder what you can do with Crayola? hmmm. PURE GENIUS now this is ART lmaoo adam hughes is pure ART!
NamiUzumaki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my favorite Supergirl.
It's gotta be the HEADBAND.

I was sad when they killed her in Crisis on Infinite Earths, though.
whimsi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
I absolutely love seeing old art from artists I admire.

It makes me feel a little more happy about my outlook. You were 20 in '86. I am 22 now. If I keep busting my ass, I will be good at what I do like you are good at what you do :)

Thank you very much for sharing this.
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
All I got outta that was, you're not even as old as that drawing. That makes grampa's back hurt....


Seriously, thank you, and yes, ass-busting is the key to the kingdom. Please keep drawing your heart out. I'm still busting my own personal ass, trying to get better and better.

Lightwolf-of-GOD Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
No wonder that Your such a GREAT artist.
You've already spent so much time perfecting your craft.

I do more practise to be able to do Illustrations
like you do....
heysawbones Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hah, it's crazy to see what you were drawing the year I was born. ._.
SFX92 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Collector !!!!!
Narchise Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see the improvement in fashion.

Wow, the skirt.
gibtaog Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Old Skool !!!

\o/ !!!
Piipe1984 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Professional Artist
i wonder what we would say 20 years from now: "lol look at the hairstyle back at 2008! hahaha".

Thanks for sharing Adam
Keep it up!
DBatman Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
There have been a lot of improvement. its nice to see professional artist's first work
Demitri76 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
Haha! you're old! oh am I. :( It's nice knowing that even the best artists on DA kinda sucked at one time. No offense, you're totally awesome now of course. It's nice to see your early drawings and where you started out. Thanks for sharing
comicfanartist1994 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no offense but you are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better now and sorry to tell you this but this kicks ass!!!!!(22 years to late huh)
andreagubrutsky Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
86? I just pop up then...
andreagubrutsky Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
wow u have a talent from th start!! and there's lot of improvement for sure..
maybe u could tell us how to make a beautiful boobs :) a tutorial maybe??
Thanks if U would answer it..
eHillustrations Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Petition time! Let's bring back the headband! lol ^-^

Very nice. It's cool to see the top pro's earlier stuff. Very inspiring for us that are still trying to get to the top.
alvinsanity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
you were that GREAT 20+ years ago?

f**k!.. i'm inspired(seriously)
KitLightning Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008   Traditional Artist
A Super-duper-goofy-girly! And the "paper" has had a little "visit" of mice, too! in the time since then.
Improvement, nah you dont really mean that do you :giggle: ooh you do, you do! and you certainly have, by lightyears of improvement!
Her smile and the earth behind is o.k. but her PopEye-like arms ... eh! BTW it´s one of the harder poses to draw, especially when doing a female species , and :faint:that´s what you do best, I think! Not neglecting to say your latter (unique and personal) lineart-style is aspiring.
P.S. that you can show earlier works not up-to the so-called standard, shows a dedicated master! Thanks for encouraging the masses, sir!
fmvra1s Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Now I feel like I can achieve just as much as you did as an artist one day when I am twenty.
bandit-revolver Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
You really put a lot of effort into the drawing. I get annoyed with one of my drawings by the tight pencils. I'm 21.
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