Thursday, August 27, 2009

Super fast Psylocke

Hey everyone. As promised, here is a sketch of Psylocke (yes I realized that I had misspelled her name yesterday). Nothing too fancy, just a quick loose sketch. Fast lines and basic colors.
I will try to do a more polished, sketch tomorrow.

If you were to ask any guy in my generation, who was actively reading comics back in the 90s and ask them who their favorite (female) superhero is, it will be a safe bet that they will say Psylocke. She was everyone's favorite 'bad girl' in mainstream comics at that time. She was unfathomably beautiful, a skilled fighter trained by the ninja organization The Hand. Plus she had a plethora of telekinetic powers that could easily have been more powerful than Marvel was willing to reveal at the time.
And interestingly enough she actually has a very interesting history and is one of the earliest example of a publisher completely re-vamping a character from the ground up that I personally read. Back in the late 80s she was a telepath in body armor and a huge cape with a cloak. Little sister to Captain Britain, and all in honestly a character that not many people really gave a darn about.
But then with Jim Lee at the helm art wise, the powers that be decided that she needed to become a more interesting character. Enter Mojo, a ton of 'plastic surgery', some memory and mind alteration thanks to the Hand, and you now have a bad ass, asian telepath assassin. She still ends up retaining/recovering some of her memories from her 'previous life', but is now completely different. And in all honesty... for the better.

I remember being infatuated with the character in middle school, wanting to read everything that she was in. But after a while they began to water her stories down, making some serious leaps regarding her past, love life and ultimately what kind of character she really was which ultimately led me to stop caring about her. It seemed like the magic from the previous years had left the X-Books. Gone was the relationship drama between Rogue and Gambit. Gone was the mysterious and brooding Psylocke. So many more changes happened that it's not even worth my time to try and put them to digital paper. Then after Jim Lee left Marvel and he created his book Wild C.A.T.S I found that the spirit of Psylocke was reborn in Zealot. While she lacked the powers that Psylocke had, she was still fun to read.

So with that, I bring to you a sketch that in all honesty, doesn't do her justice. I will do a better drawing of her someday. I owe her that much.

Anyway, it was created in CS3 on my MacBook using the trusty Bamboo tablet.

See you all back here tomorrow for the last sketch for the week. Can't wait.

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