Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ultimate Spider-Man — Mary Jane Studies


Marvel posted the first episode of Ultimate Spider-Man and you can watch it here for free. I must admit, it was pretty cool to see my name show up in the end credits—it was almost like seeing my comics on the stands for the first time.

Mary Jane stars in the show, and I found her to be the most difficult character to portray. Having seen the first episode now, I can see why my designs were deemed a little "too sexy." The show is definitely geared towards kids, and while my goal is not to draw her that way... well, it just happens.

I don't blame myself entirely, though—many of the outfits I used were straight from the inspirational style guides I received... and a little racy no matter how you draw them. In the end, I don't think much of my style made it into the animated character. But the process did remind me that I could draw her all day, every day, and never get tired.


Mary Jane Studies. 2010. Pencil on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Your MJ here, like always, is absolutely gorgeous! I never get tired of looking at your MJ art so please keep it up! :)

    Your designs would be perfect for the 616 universe if there was a flashback story or something like that but I can see how she can be seen as "too sexy" for the animated series.

    If by any chance the art here is for sale, please let me know as I'd be very interested.

    Cheers!

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    1. I might put it up for sale eventually, but I'd like to ink and color it as well. Glad you like it!

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  2. The one to blame for MJ being "too sexy" is John Romita, Sr. If you keep the Romita eyes, I'm not sure there's any way to draw MJ as kid-safe.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Romita drawings should come with a parental advisory sticker.

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  3. Wonderful! I have to agree with the others, these are great and if you Did draw MJ everyday, all day (a Mary Jane comic?) I would definitely be ok with that! haha Congrats on your involvement in such a cool project. I'm sure they were glad to have such a talent on the team.

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    1. Thanks, Philip! I think they tried a Mary Jane series for a bit. I'd jump at the chance if Marvel asked.

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  4. Really nice! It's such a relief to see someone who draws MJ in fashionable cute clothes instead of the ole "leggins and a skin tight belly shirt" combo I see a lot of artists use (No woman wears that crap, and if they did, it was in the mid nineties). And as always, really great naturalistic poses!

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    1. Ah, the mid nineties... sorry, I got carried away for a moment. Thanks!

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