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Mark Marianelli

For the past month or so I've been illustrating every X-Men character from 1963 - 1999... There are so many X-Men. I've been a fan of the team ever since I watched the first episode of the 90's animated TV series (which was something like 25 years ago) and there's about 50 or so characters I didn't even know existed. So what started as a fun drawing project turned out to be very educational in the process.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the work-in-progress up to now, but I wanted to make sure I posted the final products here so you can actually see the illustrations in full rather than trying to make out those tiny square images on your phone.

Enough type, look at the pretty pictures! Click for a larger view.

X-Men 1963-1965

X-Men 1966-1979

X-Men 1980-1988

X-Men 1989-1999

And there you have it! Every X-Men member (to my knowledge, don't get offended if I missed one!) from 1963-1999. I sprinkled in some villains for flavor.

Also, this is strictly X-Men, I didn't include X-Force, X-Factor, New Mutants, Excalibur, Generation X or any of those other teams just because I'd be working on this project until I'm 40 if I went that route. Maybe next time though.

Here's a list of all the characters illustrated if you're interested:

Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Professor Xavier, Jean Gray (Marvel Girl), Angel, Magneto.

Mimic, Havok, Nightcrawler, Thunderbird, Sunfire, Wolverine, Storm, Banshee, Colossus, Polaris, Phoenix (Jean Gray), Changeling, Krakoa.

Longshot, Dazzler, Sprite (Kitty Pryde), Lockheed, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Psylocke, Rogue, Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse, Goblin Queen.

Alysande Stuart, Sharon Friedlander, Amanda Sefton, Cable, Jospeh, Marrow, Sunder, Jubilee, Bishop, Forge, Tom Corsi, Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Moira MacTaggert, Madrox (Multiple Man), Maggot, Revanche, Gambit, X-Man, Legion, Siryn, Skrullverine, Onslaught.

Okay. Bye.
~ M.

Instagram Drawing Requests

Mark Marianelli

I've been on kind of an Instagram kick as of late, trying to beef up that social media portfolio. I thought I'd do an experiment, or more like a challenge for myself and posted an image asking if anybody had any drawing requests... Maybe I was overconfident because I didn't get nearly as many as I thought I would, yet this turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the 10 requests I got did a number on my hands - I'm getting soft! In any case, I had a lot of fun with this one, there were one or two that pushed me to the limit and I loved it. Here's what got made!

The Many Gangs of The Warriors!

Mark Marianelli

I got a really cool commission request last week from one Ryan from CA. He liked my "The Many Faces Of..." series (does two illustrations constitute a series?) and requested a version for the many gangs of The Warriors 1979 film - too fun a request to turn down.

Since getting a Cintiq 13hd, I'm amazed at how quickly I can actually crank one of these out. Took me a couple days whereas the originals took me close to a month to get done using tracing paper and a lot of room for error.

It's hard getting a clear image of the majority of these gangs to work off of - I had to pause a lot of youtube videos and use screenshots from the video game to fill in all the blanks. I'm sure avid Warriors fans will find errors... Can't please everyone though. Luckily Ryan was pleased, and that's what matters. Here's the final: