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Maxx by ChristopherStevens Maxx by ChristopherStevens
Still learning things about markers every time I work. Such as a saturation limit. Especially if you work with Prismacolor, the black ink is a bit different from every other ink. At some point, if you layer it too much, it won't be absorbed by the paper any more and you get streaks like you see here. from anywhere other than straight on, the light doesnt catch it, but it's nicely visible here in the scan. Things like that drive me bananna sandwich.

Anyways, a 90's classic created by the beast known as Sam Kieth. I always wanted to take a crack at him, so this was a cool one to work on.

Prismacolor cool grey and white paint on vellum bristol board.

Maxx Sam Kieth
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:iconbram-alexander:
Bram-Alexander Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yep another favorite to my collection. Sam Kieth is awesome and you rock his character well.
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:iconpa5cal:
pa5cal Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Unreal! very nice. Best rendition of this charcter since Kieth's original art!
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:iconart-by-mike:
art-by-mike Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I like the look of the claws--dare I say it's better than Sam's version, IMO.
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dravnofficial Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Marvelous depiction of a thoroughly underrated comic book character.
Superb.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thanks:)
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:icondravnofficial:
dravnofficial Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
You're welcome!
Love your stuff.
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dholms Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man, outside of sam himself, this could be the most awesome take on the maxx i've ever seen.
i guess i'm not quite sure about what type of prismacolor you're using.
i think of prismacolor as color pencils.
you seem to be referring to a type of ink. i'm not familiar with a prismacolor ink i guess.
and i've used quite alot of inks.

anyway,...
this is massively badass.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Thanks a bunch! This was sone with Prismacolor markers. They have a huge line of greyscale and color markers.
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:iconawashing:
awashing Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the ring on the boot. Well done. I'm a fan.
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:iconniseininja:
NiseiNinja Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome rendering and great application of markers!
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:icontayfunsezer:
Tayfunsezer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
my best character ;)
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:iconfontanemmanuel:
fontanemmanuel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Excellent!
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:iconle-mat:
Le-Mat Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
THIS IS DONE WITH MARKERS??

Huge respect man. Huge respect.
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:iconf3dda:
F3DDA Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just did a Maxx piece about a month ago. I absolutely love the character design and you really captured his essence in this piece. Three thumbs up. Great work with strong lines and a powerful pose and let's not forget that shading. Great!
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protoPrimus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
O man I loved this character. Happy to see him again.
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:iconthepunisherone:
thepunisherone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
WHOAW!!!!!
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:iconredtrujillo:
redtrujillo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
pffff f*cking love it!!!!
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:icontrapperkeeper:
trapperkeeper Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Badass!
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:iconscar-dog:
scar-dog Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I have always considered THE MAXX one of my favorite comic heroes. I love this. Excellent work.
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconartbrojohn:
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I remember Maxx!
This is the best rendition I've ever seen of him(no offense, Sam).
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks!
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7opalescence7 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
amazing
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:iconbrandonnielsen87:
BrandonNielsen87 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
This is still a great marker painting. I gotta say, the shoe looks so realstic.
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:iconbrandonnielsen87:
BrandonNielsen87 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
*realistic
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:iconcomicgrl:
Comicgrl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
This is amazing! The best Maxx that I have seen ever!
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:iconjackaction:
jackaction Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconthe-nalkiahn:
The-Nalkiahn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
The man
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:iconrostridge:
rostridge Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! Your take on the claws is awesome. They seem to flow right outta his hands and then become these crazy bone-protrusions. Needs more Isz!
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:iconawgie:
awgie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
wow
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DSkehan2004 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Maxx!
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Variable-Edge Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   General Artist
I have a Handmaiden Padme sketch I did with marker that also had that issue. At first, the layering was going well, and then it started getting all splotchy. I was using a limited number of gray shades, so I was trying to make it as dark as I could through multiple layers.
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kingkibble Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
This is all marker? that's nuts!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Marker and a lot of watercolor paint too. Thanks!
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:iconkingkibble:
kingkibble Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
what paper are you doing it on that can hold both?
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
It's just normal Bristol board. Im using the vellum finish version, but that doesn't change thickness. A good all purpose drawing board.
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:iconkingkibble:
kingkibble Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
alright, cool, thanks! Marker doesn't work well on everything, so i was curious
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:iconsheldongoh:
SheldonGoh Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Incredible! Man, you take these marker pieces several levels above awesome. Every. Time. Thanks for sharing! :)
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Thanks!
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ShaunStroup Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Very Awesome!
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:iconcusd:
Cusd Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
FUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKKYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Already a cool kick-ass artist, after this.... WORSHIP<3 THANK U FOR MAKING MAXX FANART!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Hehe, thanks.
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:iconajha100:
ajha100 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Man, this takes me back! And I have no idea what streaks you're talking about, man, this looks damn near perfect to me!
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:iconchristopherstevens:
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Thanks. If you can't see em' I'm not going to tell you where they are hehe.
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artist
Very good! Congratulations!
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snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the edge control. Its very tastefully rendered. It feels extremely detailed, but not busy. I think the neg. space works well.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconblitzcadet:
blitzcadet Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional
incredible man! the maxx rules
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JASONEDEN Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Artist
I don't think you have enough comments…..lol…great work….
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Hehe, thanks, Jason.
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