I created this piece in high school around the same time X2: X-Men United came out to theaters. I was a big fan of the first X-Men movie and it's interesting thinking about how long ago it seems that these movies first came out. Unless you count 1998's Blade, the first X-Men movie was the trigger that set off the boom of comic book movies in the last decade, but its sequel remains one of the benchmark comic book movies that elevated the genre to new heights. With the release of X2 (and previously the first Spider-Man movie) comic book films have proven to be extremely successful, and it doesn't look like they'll be slowing down anytime soon.
I was also a fan of the X-Men cartoons in the early 1990s and I remember how random of a time it seemed when they released the first X-Men movie in 2000, but, hey, it worked. With these movies came a huge visual departure from the original cartoons and comic books. Instead of each character having their own uniquely colorful costume that reflected their mutant power, the movies introduced the notion of the team having a set uniform, adding some sense of realism, I suppose. I wanted this piece to illustrate the stark contrast between the look of the characters in the movies and the source material. Created with graphite pencil and colored pencil on bristol board. Check out this and more right HERE >> happydragonpictures.com