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Cyclops and Phoenix by RichardCox Cyclops and Phoenix by RichardCox
This is an full-color Copic marker piece on smooth 11x14 bristol board.

This is going to be rambling and art-nerdy. You have been warned.

The costume choices are at the request of the client. The composition is your classic triangle. There's a reason it's classic. I also am pushing it into an X, because, you know. X-Men. Har, har. Phoenix is really the character who defines the shape of the piece - she's centrally located, and pops out from the background. I specifically chose to stay with dark blue highlights in the sky in order to pop Phoenix even more, as it contrasts the golds in her costume well (art theory, kids). I also chose a more muted palette for the green in her costume and the red in her hair, as I didn't want the vibrancy of the character to overwhelm the more subtle hues on Cyclops. It also help give a pretty good depth of field between Cyclops int he foreground and the background.

I've done the whole Cyclops/visor/crimson reflection thing in the past, but it's a great way to add a little more variation in color to what's basically an all-black costume. You'll notice his shiny gold bit mostly fade into Phoenix, so they don't help all that much. And I say it's a great way, but not necessarily a simple one. You really have to keep in mind how the light plays off different textures/materials, and how, with distance and angle, it becomes more or less striking. Compare, for example, the duller, lighter reflections on the cloth vs. that of the metal on Cyclops' wristband. that said, I lie and cheat in a couple of places in order to better affect the drama or sculpture of the piece. Cyclops is also not centered in the art like Jean is, primarily because I wanted his head against a dark background to better highlight the crimson and his facial features, while also framing his head, which I've done with Jean's sash and shoulder.

Really, in a lot of ways, this is a Scott Summers piece with Phoenix being a framing element. This breaks my heart slightly. ;)
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AlfrexVent Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, excelent job :D:D:D:D, i'm a big fan of them :D:D:D

This is, besides, my Cyclops favorite costume, XP, and this costume for Jean is cool, looking modern but with the right style ^^

Only, i think Jean seem sto have big shoulders and back (a bit "manly" ^^U)
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deakonlogic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. By far on of my favorite pieces I have seen of them. Your coloring scheme and placement is spot on. While Phoenix colors pop more dulling the greens does draw your eyes to Cyclops. Love the description "art theory kids" lol. As someone self taught and for year working on pure skill no classes I love learning things I don't usually think to do. Now (finally) a student art/business major. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate the thoughtful comment.
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deakonlogic Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are very welcome
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Awesome work on them
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TheCoozieS Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Done in copic marker ... very nice ...
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new-moon-night Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
awesome!!
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syr1979 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
very beautiful, your work with copic is very amazing.
The bristol paper doesn't use the markers too fast ? It has to be more absorbent than the layout paper ?
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
The bristol works great. paper sucks up the ink quickly (like sketchbook paper), but board works fine.
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
superb !
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ixzidian2031 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Artist
jean looks giant a lil, but no worries

magnificent art u done there
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I think it's because both of Cyclops' legs are bent and she's all stretched out
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ixzidian2031 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Artist
lol
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh, this is just gorgeous!
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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LittleJohn312 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
So cool. Great composition of the piece.
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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dr-annie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Breathtaking. Masterful. Awesome!
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Art's not bad either. ;p
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dr-annie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Smart-ass! :)
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm jealous :3
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littlestark Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
this is really gorgeous, love the poses
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MJTannacore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Well done, sir.
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angelacapel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
You put so much thought into composition and colour, I really applaud you!
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Mycael006 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Art-nerd. Fantastic stuff :thumbsup:
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sirandal Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are a genius with copic markers.
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! You're too kind!
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Mich974 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011   Digital Artist
I think it's great that you have calculated the tone and gives it color and contrast fabulous!
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RichardCox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Mich974 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   Digital Artist
this is normal when one sees the talent!
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