The X-Men from the 90’s era are and always will be my X-Men, the characters and the stories are very dear to me and although when I imagine of any of those characters nowadays I still picture them in their Jim Lee outfits I do very much like some of the more recent costume designs as well.
Psylocke had one of the most skimpy, revealing costumes during the 90’s and I still love it. It was very much of it’s time in comics, but it did also capture her personality as she almost revelled in her sexuality and how it affected those around her. Whether turning people on or just making them uncomfortable, it gave her an edge over other individuals and at the same time seemed to give her a thrill. You also had the fact that the body she was in wasn’t her own – her mind was switched into the body of a Japanese assassin called Kwannon. The fact that she enjoyed her new body, but didn’t feel connected to it in the same way probably resulted in her not feeling as protective of it physically/sexually as she did her own natural form. Of course, the costume could have been designed that way for simple fanboy titillation, but surely that couldn’t possibly have been the case. 😉
She has had several updates through the years, but always eventually seemed to revert back to that 90’s look or something very similar. I’ve felt for a long time that she needed a new look. Something a bit more subtle and practical but still striking. The costume that she has been given for the Extraordinary X-Men series really hit the nail on the head for me. She looks like a ‘proper’ ninja superhero now and the design is practical, sleek and elegantly form fitting. Soooo, I just had to draw her –
I’ve been playing in greyscale again recently and I drew this all in pencil. It did take a while to get the tones right and it was a pain to photo, but I am happy with how she turned out, there’s a lot of subtle detail on the piece in hand. I think at some point I may need to draw a larger colour piece of Psylocke in her new costume, but for now this one captures the look I wanted.
To celebrate the return of the Walking Dead to tv after the mid-season break, I’ve put my final Walking Dead Artist Proof on sale! For one week only I’ve dropped the price down to £110 – that’s a whole £90 off! If you want to own this one, now is the time to grab it from – reddlife.com/shop/
Shae Vizla – Mandalorian bounty hunter from Star Wars –
I’ve always loved the Old Republic era of Star Wars (well frankly I love all eras of Star Wars), but I am pretty sure that I haven’t ever drawn any characters from that particular timeline. I thought I should change that and because I have been into Mandalorians just lately Shae was the perfect choice.
Apart from being in the actual SWTOR game as a companion character (which I’m still bitter about not being able to play because I’m on a Mac), she also features in the amazing CGI trailers for the game. If you haven’t seen them, you absolutely should check them out – just search YouTube, it’s worth it.
There was also some merchandise featuring her including a 3.75″ action figure from Hasbro. The figure itself was very nice, lots of detail, articulation and accessories – the head sculpt however was not pretty, not at all. Luckily she came with a helmeted head as well. 🙂
I decided to draw this on a SketchLife sketch card and wanted to approach the piece in greyscale with pencil shading. As I worked on her I added black ink to a few areas to crispen up some details and to create a more dramatic look. I wanted a stylised form of realism for her.
Please drop me a message in the comments and let me know what you think of this piece and what other Old Republic characters you would be interested in seeing as I would definitely like to draw some more.
I’m so happy to say that our Halloween sketch card set has already sold out! I know there were only very limited numbers of these, but it has been quite a while since I have done anything like this and the level of support has been overwhelming. Thank you everyone, it really means the world to me and I hope the collectors who picked up the packs enjoy their cards.
I’m pleased to say that my 2 official Artist Proof sketch cards are now available to purchase from our store here – ReddLife Shop
The Walking Dead Season 4 trading card set is published by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
This will be my final Walking Dead sketch card outing and as always it was a pleasure to work for Crypto. I was one of only 30 artists to work on the set and I only did 16 cards in total – 14 pack inserted cards and 2 Artist Proofs. The sketch cards for this release are very limited with a ratio of just 1 sketch card per every 1006 packs – they are going to be hard to find to say the least!
At last I finally had time to do some artwork based on the Destiny video game! I’ve been wanting to for ages, but something always came up. I love the game and am a proud Guardian regularly on patrol throughout the galaxy so I thought it would be fun to draw up some of the characters from that universe. I thought I would start with the stunning Awoken from the Reef, Petra Venj. I love her character design –