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Spidey's villains by ChristopherStevens Spidey's villains by ChristopherStevens
I believe this was used as the cover of New Mutants #44. Beats me. I tend to get covers that are themed rather than for a specific series. This one's cool since its the first one that I was able to do with marker and watercolor. I was worried about how a colorist would handle it, but ultimately decided I dont really care as long as I'm content with my part. I still havent seen a good shot of the color version, but I'll probably hate it. I'm a douche that way. Still though, I was happy to get a Spidey cover. A rogues gallery cover to boot. Granted, none of these guys (except Spidey) look the same as I know them, but its still a nice treat for me as a Spidey fan.

Prismacolor cool and warm grey marker and white water color on vellum bristol board

Spidey and crew © Marvel
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Tom-Tiger Featured By Owner 2 days ago
awesome!
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psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Much prefer your version of Rhino to the one in the recent film.
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dianawood Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Amazing work.
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deure1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
That Rhino reminds me of Noel Batman mask haha. Overall, totally awesome.
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maironmatos Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
your job is awesome!
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Special1k Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super nice!!
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Glowcrow Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You seem very specific in what you don't want the colourist to do, or perhaps that you have a an idea what you do want him/her to do. Is it something that you could think doing yourself, the colours?
I love the piece and the way you've done it in greyscale, the villains look imposing and Spidey is sort of, in the middle of all of it like, "yo!", fooling around ( or dodging bullets, cough, doing like superhero-ish stuff ). You render in a way which is so beautiful, you have a unique touch to it. Gorgeus work.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Thank you. Yeah I think all artists have an idea in their head of how it should look, so sharing the duties with a stranger is odd. It's mainly my own inexperience with digital coloring that has kept me from trying to do it myself. I don't have a tablet and whatnot to do it right and I'm not sure if I want to at this point. I just do the best I can't with my part and hand it off.
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Glowcrow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Is it so that you can't really ask for a specific colourist who you maybe could get to know better, and as such perhaps share ideas with how it should be done? I've never been in that situation myself, but I do bet that it is quite odd. I like colouring myself way too much to let others even try, hehe.
- Yet you still have so many absolutely wonderful oil paintings in your gallery with great use of colour and different tones! I'm quite positive that your skill would carry on to the digital medium as well, just as long as you get familiar with the tools, I think. Of course it is fully your own decision and what actually interests you. Definately giving you a nudge to try it though, as I would love to see what you come up with it - your traditional media-works shine on their own rights so wonderfully that I'm super curious to see what you'd come up with if you'd posess a tablet!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I used a REALLY old tablet a long time ago. Learned a little on my own, but never got attached to the digital process. Maybe I'm just getting old. I wouldn't mind trying one of those screens that you draw on. Kinda wild.
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Glowcrow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, I'm just really happy to still find artists who embrace the traditional as much as you seem to do! Cintiq's and the kind are definately something to hopefully get one's hands on, albeit I would recommend to find out different ones than just wacom's options. A guy in Tumblr called Frenden does excellent reviews on different digital softwares, and he's been rooting for tablets and cintiq-like things of the name Monoprice. They're pretty much half Cintiq's and Wacom's other products' price and Frenden says they're even better than Wacom's because of no input lag.
It is wild.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thanks for the tip. I'm happy with working traditionally right now, but there may come a time when I'll want to step back into the darkside.
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BaneNascent Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really love the way you captured Rhino here. He is about the only one that Remains pretty much the same.
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Miqque Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
So sweet! Love your Rhino!
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Dig the Lizard's outfit. :3
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FanArtistHoops Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome great detail!!
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grottograndular Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I like it. Hella Kuberty.
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zaid1357 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Any Anatomy book you would recommend? I really want to improve my skills and you are a great inspiration my friend please keep up the good work
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goduvthundr76 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
That is so cool! Spidey looks awesome as do the bad guys. I like the mask piece on Rhino.
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Ragnaroker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Neat spidey pose, nice tones too!
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TheGregCapullo Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
You Rock
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thanks, Greg. You rock so much harder. I was able get caught up on your Batbook and it's freakin phenomenal. You're a beast and you're destroying those pages. Beast!
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Clayton-Henry Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
My freaking GOD!!! That's great!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thanks, man.
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tomjf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This is just pretty frick'n awesome looking- like the 70's TV Show Spider-man mask touch :)
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mr-redx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Love how you included Kraven's Daughter!
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The girl Vulture is a nice reboot! Oh, she's Mysterio, with the real one behind her... hmm.
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NestorPriest Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW!
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SWArtwork Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love Spidey in this. :)
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isaacanim Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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JulianBrogden Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Impressive piece. Eye candy!!
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thepunisherone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Amazing!
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Antu04 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
excelente tu trabajo, exelent job man¡¡¡
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aaronlopresti Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Chris- You continue to be my hero! Great piece!
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thanks, Aaron.
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DdotHype Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
JAW DROPPING, how do you do this with markers?! that blending is amazing not to mention the composition is great. if I would change anything I would have (vulture? sorry I dont know the guy flying in the back) be turned and angled to give some variety but Im just nitpicking. This is definitely impressive.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thanks! I can't take credit for the layout. They gave me a thumbnail to go by since this was one of a series of connecting covers.
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blacksad87 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
Cooool !
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theDougArthur Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Amazing rendering! By the way, I checked out the colored version...don't look at it. You will probably hate it like you think. The even added some spider legs on the right side that don't even match the rest of the art.
Would have loved to see this version in print instead.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Hehe, probably right. The legs thing may have been from the next cover. I think these were suppose to interconnect together with several covers.
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theDougArthur Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
gotcha...that makes more sense now. anyway, nice work
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thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
sinister six and traditional media, how could anyone not be happy? heheh I wish they'd just print this like this!

on a side note, just saw a thanos/adam warlock piece you did, WHOA man, WHOA!=]
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks, man:)
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GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I just love how The Lizard looks like a Chinese dragon, even when he's hiding behind Rhino and his massive body suit.
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thanks. Lizard was the one I had the hardest time with for some reason.
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GeotrixQueen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Still, it came out great. :salute:
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BrandonNielsen87 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Have you tried using markers on black paper?
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ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
No. Would you be able to see marker on black paper?
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BrandonNielsen87 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Don't know. That's why I asked in the first place. Lol. Sorry about that.
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kevinwada Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Blown away again. Seriously great work.
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