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Women of Marvel by RichardCox Women of Marvel by RichardCox
Well, a year and a half after I started it, here's my massive commissioned homage to Adam Hughes' Women of DC poster. It's 20x30 inches, completed in COPIC marker, colored pencil, and white ink on board. It's not a scan but instead an iPhone photo -- its too big for my scanner -- so if anyone wants or needs more detail maybe I can do close-up shots of each character or group of characters.

This was commissioned by the same client who requested the recreation of the AH DC poster back in 2012 and I've been working on it since.  He came up with the idea of inverting the colors, and together we came up woth the roster of characters, bouncing ideas back and forth.

A quick overview of my process completing this puppy before I go into details on each character. As it's intended as a to-scale companion to the earlier art, I lightboxed the DC art before I shipped it in order to get general character sizes and placement  on the board. That made sure everything stayed in perspective and the same size as on the DC piece without having to erase and erase, and harm the surface of the board.

From there I started working on poses, trying to keep them evocative of the DC art (or even the very same poses Adam used on a few), and yet through varied stances, faces, and attitudes bring out individual personalities in the drawing and make it stand on its own.

So with all of that in mind, from left to right:

  • Emma Frost If you're going to have a lot of heroines in black and one in white, and her a pissed-off outcast, there's only one way to go.  The White Queen was the easiet one to work out, as I had found a piece of stock photography by alt model Miss Mosh that had already made me think it would make a great Old-Hollywood White Queen, so I adapted that. The photo was a nude, and had no champagne.  So I added a dress I found appropriate to Emma and the glass, and tried for a wonderful air of superiority in the face. I gave her ice blue eyes.

  • Scarlet Witch The Scarlet Witch's dress has two sources - George Perez's gypsy two-piece design and my own research into gypsy garb.  The headpiece is meant to be reminiscent of her normal one in the basic shapes, yet reflect upon the discs across the dress. This one was also one of the ones where the pose changed a goodly bit. I really wanted to tie the figures together in various ways to unify the art and show a certain comradery between the women, and her with her hand on the wheelchair and more relaxed pose is meant to be indicative of that.

  • Jean Grey (seated) I was specifically asked to place Jean Grey in Xavier's chair from the X-Men films. I designed her dress to have a very 1960s sensibility, with the squared shiny bits across the top with the cropped look reinforcing a callback from that era.  I chose to give her flowing hair because of all of the sharp angles on the dress and what I knew would be the cold, shininess of the chair.  I'm trying to bring about contrast and balance with her.  I also gave her a more formalized pose as I wanted her to have the air of a professor or teacher.  Someone formal, and with authority.  I gave her emerald eyes with a tinge of yellow, in order to evoke the Phoenix.

  • Elektra Elektra is Elektra. Not necessarily aloof, but distant and confident, thus a bit relaxed.  She keeps her cool earrings and sports evening attire based upon Greek garb.

  • Rogue I love what I did with her hair, as I never was sure what to do with it as it's been depicted in so many ways. Well, she's Southern so I went with a modernized Scarlet O'Hara. There are some callbacks to Gone With the Wind but the design is mine.

  • Captain Marvel Well, you can tell how long ago I penciled this because her dress is sculpted directly from her black and gold Ms Marvel costume, with what I see as only minor changes.  As a consolation, I changed her necklace to be her new emblem when I went back over her in ink. I gave her a much more in-your-face, proud stance than Power girl, more befitting her character and history.  Looking back, it might have been more interesting if I had done something similar to what Adam accomplished with PG and her sash. On the other hand, it IS her arm that ties the left and right sides of the piece together through it moving your eye over to Shulkie.

  • Wasp Sitting there, smiling, simple black dress and short hair. I tried to have the dress trail down a bit like a bee's stinger.  I think she adds a nice air of playfulness to the art.

  • She-Hulk If She-Hulk fails, the piece fails.  I was a HUGE fan of the Dan Slott series, so that's the She-Hulk I'm going for.  Lighthearted and modern, and trying to emphasize her as smart, strong, independent, and playful herself, with a dash of big-city lawyer in there to boot. The raised arm pulls the viewer's eye across to the right of the image, bringing the art together as a whole.  Note also how I tried to make 4 redheads balance the green skin on She-Hulk. Again, it's hopefully all about balance.  The dress is my design, modern, young and daring.  The leaf is a reference to change and transformation.  Get it? Ha ha.  Sigh...

  • Invisible Woman Sue's dress is a pretty obvious riff on her Kirby costume.  I think it actually works great as a bejeweled gown, and I was somehow able to competently pull of the fade to invisibility without throwing the work off-balance.

  • Black Widow My single goal was to make her look like a Bond girl to give her elegance and tie into her past as a spy, so I designed the dress around that, pulling in a few calls to her character (the spider web jewels, hourglass earrings).

  • MJ Watson This one really isn't that different from Batwoman, excepting that MJ is a supermodel, so I made some changes to reflect that. It's already a kind of model pose, so why change it? I just added lace (also a Spider-Man reference) and silk, and fluffy shoes.  I kind of liked the idea of her wearing silk pj shorts, so I added that as well.

  • Storm Basically the same pose as Ivy, but much stronger in spirit and body. her dress is based on traditional African attire and her pulled-back and braided hair is to lend a further air of sophistication.

  • Kitty Pryde & Lockheed Same pose as Harley but COMPLETELY different attitude.  More modest and kind. Her dress is my own design, and has several callbacks to traditional Jewish attire, especially in the patterns.  Lockheed is Lockheed: awesome. :)

So, hopefully you can see how a 2x3 foot piece of artwork can take so long, if only in research if not in execution.
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AbbySoto Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
love this
ECHOENDLESS Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional
Nothing compliments a woman as well as a little black dress!
RichardCox Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I try. :)
hellbat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Very nice!
Strumwulf Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done
Gnostic85 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Praxiusalternate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
amazing work, well done
ssaffr01 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I loved the way Rogue looked too.
Onyana Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece, and thank you for the detailed explanation of your process and characters - I LOVE reading things like this which really reveal a glimpse of the huge amount of effort, planning, and skill that goes into a work of art like this one. What a shame that you can't upload a detailed scan :( Can you increase the upload resolution at any so we can click for a bigger version?
RichardCox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not that woudl give any real detail. I had to take the pic with my iPhone.  I could maybe take close shots of one or two of the ladies but that would be it really.
Baby6inch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
WOW!!! Great work. Keep it up. Where can I buy my copy?? I have the DC version now I need the Marvel. 
LornaKelleherArt Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This makes me so happy! I can't imagine the amount of motivation and dedication needed to do something to this scale. The way you use markers is really, REALLY impressive. I've featured you here :)
RichardCox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
dr-annie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Anju-Tanner Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Really good work
lilyinblue Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Gorgeous piece of work!
WillCapers Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Outstanding work!
orabich Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2014
Beautiful work on them Love Heart 

Though in my opinion Psylocke, Elektra or Sif would be perfect in there but still you did a great job with the Women of Marvel :D
RichardCox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Elektra's there, so I got in one of the three! :)
AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
D'OH!!! I didn't notice...thanks for reminding me Sweating a little... 
Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS ARTWORK!!! the concept is amazing and truly I am glad you didn't dismiss Storm and She-HUlk in the piece <3 thank you my dear!
RedKnight33 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Where's Mystique? Or IS one of them Mystique?! With her :iconmystiqueplz:, you never know! ^^;
RichardCox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
True! I draw the characters I'm asked to though.
Sailmaster-Seion Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
13 girls to one guy...

I guess 13 is Lockheed's lucky number. ;)
Freeezz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Hawkbittern Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Is just me or does your She-hulk not look green at all? Moore of a goldie-brown I'd say.
RichardCox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's purposefully a muted green, as the reds are also muted.  Specifically, the COPIC YG90s.  Since the majority fo the piece is in greyscales really vibrant reds or greens would have thrown the balance completely off. 
Jaebird88 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! =D
Wolfimy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Woaw ! *-* Great !
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