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All-New X-Men Team Portraits - pencil sketch by NMRosario All-New X-Men Team Portraits - pencil sketch by NMRosario
This is actually based on a drawing that I did over 20 years ago and the initial concept was a series of yearbook photos of the original five X-Men.  Well, this time around, the idea was to go with more semi-candid "photos" of the characters; so I wouldn't be so constricted by the yearbook format when choosing poses.

One of the big challenges of drawing the O5 (Original 5 X-Men), is that the males on the team are just four white guys who tend to look very similar.  So I tried my best to give each of them their own personality and unique look without straying too far from the traditional heroic male archetype.  Also, I wanted to make sure they all looked like they were under 21 years old.  

Just the pencil sketches for now and I actually did give a lot of thought to the appearance of each team member and most of them were drawn more than once before I was satisfied with the look (and the drawings are still being tweaked now).

1. Bobby Drake (Iceman) - the youngest of all the X-Men, he would be in the 15-16 year old range here.  Also, he's supposed to look like a kid who can be a total ass most of the time, but still has enough boyish charm that you can't really stay mad at him for long.

2. Scott Summers (Cyclops) - about 17-18 years old here.  I've always felt that teenager Scott Summers would be completely bland and unremarkable in appearance.  Kind of like the kid you would pass by in the hallway for years without even realizing that he's there.  Scott wouldn't really blossom until later when he had the mantle of leadership thrust upon him.

3. Warren Worthingon III (Angel) - 18-19 years old here.  The overconfident, rich kid who is totally comfortable in front of the camera and doesn't need much of an excuse to take his shirt off.  I liked the idea of him trying to appear "sexy" for the camera and instead looking a bit silly.  Resulting in a photo that he might be embarrassed to look at again in a few years.  (Yes, I know his hair is way too dark, I'll lighten it up significantly when I ink it.)

4. Jean Grey (Marvel Girl) - 16-17 years old here.  I was going for youth without making her look childlike.  She's also supposed to be leaning up against a wall, which results in her hair appearing more poofy.  Jean is simply a perfect, pristine beauty.  Her forehead might be a bit too big in this drawing, but it kind of fits her powerset.  Still, I'll probably try to de-emphasize it a bit.

5. Hank McCoy (The Beast) - 19-20 years old here.  Even though Hank has "early bloomer" written all over him, I still tried to make him look as young as possible without turning him into a little kid.  He's also the only one not making eye contact with the camera.  Sometimes when young men are insecure about their physical appearance, they will tend to look away from a camera and will wear a "I really don't want you to take my picture, so just get it over with already" expression on their face.  I remember Hank being referred to as "pleasantly ugly" in some of those early comics and that's sort of what I was going for here, but not completely.  He's definitely not a "pretty boy", like Warren, but I would describe his face as more interesting than ugly.  Hank should have a more muscular, "fleshy" face compared to the other guys on the team.
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anonymous0jones Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Angel reminds me of Jason Dohring. I mean that in a good way.
ogrebear Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would like to see your take on Prof X to add to this excellent set of portraits.
NMRosario Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if my interpretation of Professor X would change that much from my "Roll Call" drawing from a few years back.  I've always been of the camp that thinks the X-Men are much more interesting characters when Professor X is pushing up daisies. :)
MetalusDraconi Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Oh well done!  I'd love to see you do a version where they're a year or so older circa UX 65 with Havok & Polaris added to the team.  I love those Neal Adams issues.
NMRosario Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  I've developed a real appreciation for the "Neal Adams X-Men" over the last couple of years; so I really do want to do something with that entire team.  I think the O5 would be in the 20-25 age range by then.  Since Scott Summers mentions that his kid brother Alex is old enough to have a beer when Alex is first introduced in issue 54.  So that would put Alex Summers at 21 years old and Scott at least 22-23 years old.  Hank, being the oldest on the team, would be 24-25 around that time.  I just like the idea of them being college-aged young adults and not teenagers who were completely dependent on Professor X for their every move.  It gives the team a more interesting dynamic, IMHO.

Of course, that's probably all been retconned by now, since the recent Cyclops #1 states that Scott is 16 years old, when he was originally stated to be 19-20 years old in the letters column of the 1960s series.
MetalusDraconi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
According to X-Men: The Hidden Years, Beast just turns 20 before he leaves for Brand Corp in his Amazing Adventures series.
NMRosario Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if that series is still considered to be official canon anymore.  It might have been relegated to alternate universe status, like 'Children of the Atom' and 'First Class'.  But then again, comic book canon has always been sort of a fuzzy thing.  The O5 graduated from Xavier's school in X-Men #7, so that would have put all of them at least 18 years old right at the start of the series.  So that would mean that everything that happened between issues 8-66 of the original series and all 22 issues of Hidden Years had to have taken place within a span of only 2 years.  Even for a comic book, that's kind of hard to believe. 

I would tend to put the original series run at the highest level when it comes to canon and any "prequel" series or retcon (Hidden Years, Children of the Atom, First Class, etc.) somewhere below that.  
MetalusDraconi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I believe Hidden Years is still officially part of canon.  First Class isn't except for the appearance of Gorilla Man in that one issue.  There were too many things that went against continuity there.
NMRosario Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that may be the case, but I think in instances where it contradicts the original 1960s series, then we should probably default to the original series.  But that's just my take on it. 
dynakor Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Excellent work! I like these a lot!
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