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X-Men Origins: Jean Grey Cover by mikemayhew X-Men Origins: Jean Grey Cover by mikemayhew
11X17 in Watercolor. The cover to the 30 page one-shot X-Men Origins: Jean Grey, published August 2008. All the interior art is painted in watercolor by me.
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AuraOfTheDead Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello ! I am absolutely impressed by this piece. When I bought the comic book I fell in love with your style, especially the colors you use which are really gorgeous. I think it's amazing to use watercolor while most comic books are digitally painted, it makes your art pop out and stand out from the others. I also know that you used Ashley Benson as a reference for Jean, I think it was a great choice. Anyway, thank you for sharing, your work is very inspiring :)
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KeysComics Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great piece, I tried to do watercolor pictures of superheroes but it didn't come out as well. Did you use Ashley Benson as a reference model for the bigger Jean because she looks just like her.
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
yes.  I cast Ashley in the role through a modeling agency at the time.  I also cast a younger model named Sasha Pitterese, and coincidentally both ended up on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.
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GEN-12 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Open for commissions?
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SilvaInk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Astonishing. love the style and the colours are wonderful!
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great job, love the colors and composition!
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LuckyLizardLover Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
really good it looks like Amy Pond
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orabich Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!

:gallery: [link]
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Awesome wok
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:iconkitsu63:
Kitsu63 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.My.God!

I just love this cover!!!
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:iconemishly:
Emishly Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is watercolor? Oh my god.
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daxusx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
WOW
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T3ROCKS Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Wow thats awesome........
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Awsome, and beautiful
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Tskiro Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so amazing! I dont know how you got the watercolour to look so thick, vibrant and realistic but its really good
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Starfirechelle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I own this comic! Love it, especially the cover. Jean's one of my faves!!! Thanks for sharing!!
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for your kind words! I am so proud of that book.
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bad-chop-suey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
How are your edges so clean?? Did you first draw in pencil??
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes. I usually erase away the pencil lines while applying the many layers of color I glaze on.
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nellethiel-aranel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I LOVED this books. This is a great rendition of it.
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IndioBlack619 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow::wow::wow::wow::wow::wow::wow::wow::wow:
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psychokitty289 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Jean's face reminds me of Karen Gillan the actress that plays Amy pond on Doctor Who
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
actually, the girl I cast in the role and took pictures of in my studio is named Ashley Benson. You can look her up on imdb.com.
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bluenique Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011   General Artist
I just LOVE it
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DrTenk Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Amazing!!!! I Love This Picture!!!!!!!
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JustWakeUp Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely amazing !!! I envy your talent.
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Zombpire86 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work. Well done, sir!
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gillysilver Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Totally awesome stuff!!!
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padawanhop Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Hello dear artist! Your amazing artwork has been featured here.
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AdamLimbert Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional
some of the smoothest watercolor i've ever seen. love it!
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theartyst Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive: awesome rendition of the X-Men/children ;)
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Tyger86 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
The cover was the sole reason I bought that issue, and the art inside didn't disappoint! I love and adore your works.
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gforrydesign Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
When I first saw this at the comic store I had to pick it up and buy it. I was thrilled you were doing all the interiors as well.
I know how time-consuming and difficult it must be to maintain that high level of artwork in such abbreviated time periods.
How much time did Marvel give you to do the artwork for this?

Truly amazing...one of your best pieces ever!
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Marvel was incredibly generous with time, and let me spend a lot of time getting all the art in the book the way I wanted it.
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gforrydesign Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for answering (I know you're probably busy )...

It's good to know that they are willing to work with artists in this way... as opposed to sacrificing art for sake of deadlines, as I've heard was a criticism of comics companies in the past...

Thanks!
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red-kap Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply amazing.
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Mixj Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Bobby and Beast could be better, she (the big image) needs a change on fingers, and on her hair at the left, near the shoulders. The image is great.
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maxjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student Interface Designer
go to the hell dude! this is fucking amazing with all the mistakes it has.
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liberty9000 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
damn...., harsh much lol

:)
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maxjohnson Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student Interface Designer
XD
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lonewolf304 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a watercolor person by birth and I know how HARD it is to pull off such detail. Damn. Epic. :)
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windboi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
your watercolor skill's out-standing :|
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DiabloAlisha Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
I bought this comic as soon as it came out. BEAUTIFUL WORK! It's my favorite cover that I have out of my collection! :-)
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RadekKordasiewicz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
This is easily the best comic cover of last 20 or even 30 years. It's simply beautiful and makes one die to see what's inside. Fantastic. Absolutely perfect. It's got the same magnetic power that works of Jack Kirby have.
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow. Thanks!
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Lady-Moonlight Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
I don't usually like Marvel art, but yours is really awesome. You draw very very beautiful Mystique and Jean Grey!
Very good work!
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
fantastic and interestingly enough she looks like a friend of mine, did you use a model for the face ??
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
yes.
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TheOnlyWarman Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
oh ok :D
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