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Gambit and Rogue Marvel Universe Artist Proofs by RichardCox Gambit and Rogue Marvel Universe Artist Proofs by RichardCox
Here's a puzzle jam created by myself and :iconmeghanhetrick: Each card is about 3x4 inches across, and is an Artists Proof card from the recent Marvel Universe trading card set.

Here's the breakdown of our work on it. In consultation with our client, Meghan and I together came up with a final design that was to be a surprise. I then provided the pencils for the Rogue card, and Meghan worked off of it to create the matching pencils for the Gambit card. After Meghan colored Rogue she passed it back to me along with the Gambit pencils.

So in finishing up Gambit, I based a lot of what I did upon Meghan's choices in finishing up my Rogue. I wanted there to be a lot of contrast between the two, as hinted in Meghan's use of Gambit's signature colors on the playing card face, so where her penmanship is lovely and delicate, I went darker and sketchier. I also stayed as much as I could with warm and neutral colors, in order to further make each card really pop out from one another. Reds become very important when the primary color on the matching piece is green.

Meghan turned my art nouveau swirls into something golden, gilded and beautiful. So for Gambit, I ran with a comment Maghan made once, about looking at Gambit's swirls as the wrought iron of New Orleans. And so they are now. The skulls bring an element of the graveyeards and voodoo of New orleans into the piece as well, while also compositionally reflecting my Rogue. Well done Meghan.

In coloring the background, I went with crimson because it's the main color associated with Gambit that's missing from this particular costume. I based the fade to pink on tattoo art fades, and only slightly abstracted the coloring of those awesome skulls. The colors on the playing card reflect those commonly associated with Rogue, again reflecting Meghan's work on her card.

So, my contribution:
Rogue: Pencils (Kuru Toga Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm, a harder lead)
Gambit: inks (Copic Multiliners), colors (Copic Marker, white ink, colored pencil)

Here's a previous puzzle jam we completed:
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prister2014 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Richard, I'm sure you get this a lot but could I commission you for an AP of these beautiful cards? I absolutely love this art piece.
Rayne-Gryfen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really neat concept.
TheHappyDayz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
You both did an astounding job!~ <3
dino-damage Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW! You guys really thought this one through. And the result is outstanding! Great teamwork. Your other puzzle jam is fantastic as well.
thepumpkin-queen Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
So gorgeous, absolutely love them together :heart:
GAGBAGCHEN Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Skaramine Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FANTASTIC take on Rogue.
ElainePerna Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing!! I LOVE them and wish they were mine! :love:
RichardCox Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww. Thanks Elaine!
NibbleKat Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap. This is beautiful. The previous puzzle jam was nice, but this one is extraordinary. Lovely, lovely job.
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