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Scarlet Witch & Polaris by RobertMacQuarrie1
Scarlet Witch & Polaris
I know Halloween is just around the corner, and this is more about the colours of Christmas, but I had an urge to do this drawing. 

I haven't had an opportunity/ excuse to draw the Scarlet Witch in a while, so I thought pairing her up with her sister Polaris would be a good chance to show some contrasting colours.  Plus, I haven't drawn Polaris' original costume yet, so it was also a good excuse to try tacking that look. 

While I know that their styles weren't originally made to look like one another- their bodysuit, cape design and headdresses are only superficially similar- I think it's close enough that they provide a good contrast in terms of style and colour.

This was a fun, yet challenging, drawing to do.  I kind of like how it turned out.
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Mystique-Change of Face: Lady Loki by RobertMacQuarrie1
Mystique-Change of Face: Lady Loki
It's been a while since I did a "Change of Face" with Mystique, and this time I wanted to so something with Mystique turning into a fellow villainess.  So here is Mystique merged with fellow "villainess" Lady Loki.

Or maybe it's Lady Loki disguising "herself" as Mystique.  Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
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Spider-Man vs Doctor Octopus by RobertMacQuarrie1
Spider-Man vs Doctor Octopus
Another one in my new Spider-Man series, featuring Spider-Man and what I consider to be his #2 nemesis- Doctor Octopus. 

I know there is a contingent of fans that see Doctor Octopus as Spider-Man's "arch enemy," but I am not one of them.  Don't get me wrong, I like Doc Ock.  He's a great sparing partner for Spider-Man, and his ego and ambition are good fodder if a writer wants to do a "big" Spider-Man story featuring high stakes.  But Spider-Man's rivalry with Doc Ock lacks the personal touch that Spider-Man has with villains like the Green Goblin or Venom.  Spidey doesn't seem to loathe the character as much as he does the others, treating him more like a nuisance and irritant rather than a plague on his life.  Ock has given Spidey some good battles, but his intrusions on his personal life are treated like inconveniences rather than an attack.  His "marriage" to Aunt May wasn't done to harm Spider-Man.  It was merely a side-effect that he was unaware of.  His involvement in the death of George Stacey was largely accidental, and not a planned attempt to make Spider-Man's life miserable.  Compare this to the Green Goblin's attempt to kill Gwen, which was direct and personal.

Recent attempts to make Otto a "greater" villain to Spider-Man just end up falling flat.  Stripping Norman of his knowledge of Peter's ID and giving it to Otto doesn't make Otto a "better" villain, it just reeks of favoritism.  Making Otto in a "world class" villain with endless resources makes him seem like a completely different character.  And even his recent co-opting of Peter's entire life ends up less like an attack on Peter's soul and more like a mild inconvenience for Peter, with the most he can come up with to describe him as being "a jerk."

But still, Otto is one of the big ones, and one of his better villains.  Just not top spot material.
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Spider-Man vs The Green Goblin by RobertMacQuarrie1
Spider-Man vs The Green Goblin
I can never stay away from Spider-Man for long.

This time I wanted to start a series featuring Spider-Man battling his most iconic foes.  For this, I of course had to start with the Green Goblin. 

The Green Goblin may not be my favorite villain from Spider-Man's rogues, but even I know that he is Spider-Man's greatest adversary.  No other villain has gotten under Spider-Man's skin the same way he has.  No other villain has hurt him the way the Green Goblin has.  No other villain has plagued Spider-Man's life in the same way, casting a long shadow over his life.  And even in his death, the Goblin found new ways to torment and ruin Spider-Man's life.  Be it Norman, Harry, or even Bart Hamilton, the Goblin still found ways to hound Spider-Man and make his life a living hell. 
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X-Factor by RobertMacQuarrie1
X-Factor
A little bit of comics history.

Back in the 80's, the series X-Factor was launched.  The big selling feature of this book was that it featured the reunion of the original lineup of the X-Men.  Many of whom had been on other teams (The Champions for Iceman and Angel, Avengers for Beast, and the New Defenders for all three) or had been dead for several years (Jean Grey).  The title was a modest hit, managing to last several years.  But come 1991, it seems it was decided that the lineup was to make their migration back to the "main" X-Men titles, leaving X-Factor without a roster.  However, the title seemed to still be selling well, so it seems Marvel made the decision to recast the series with several leftover characters from other titles.  While there were some familiar faces in the team- Havok and Polaris from the X-Men titles, Wolfsbane from the New Mutants, and Quicksilver from the Avengers- none of them were "marquee" stars.  And the rest- Multiple Man and Guido (Who had yet to adopt the "Strong Guy" moniker)- were obscure at best.  The series seemed to be in a lot of trouble, if it were not for one thing.

Peter David.

David tackled the series with his usual style.  Under his watch, these second tier characters were given depth and dimension far greater than they ever had before or could ever imagine.  These characters didn't just seem like they were well fleshed out and dynamic characters, they seemed like people you'd want to hang out with.  They had flaws and foibles, but they were also very likeable and engaging. 

One of the most memorable issues- and one of my favorite comics ever- was X-Factor #87.  There were no fights, no supervillains, no comic book heroics whatsoever.  Instead, the team was psycho-analyzed by Doc Samson, from Peter David's other book, the Incredible Hulk.  And reader's got a deeper peak into the heads and motivations of each of the team like we've never seen before.  Wolfsbane dealt with her feelings of worthlessness and her animal instinct.  Multiple Man revealed his fear of being alone.  Polaris expressed her poor body image and lack of self worth, with Samson stating that he found it interesting that a woman with the power of magnetism could have trouble feeling attractive and tended to repel people.  Havok, in an interesting bit of meta-commentary as being most well known for being Cyclop's brother, felt lacking and that he was constantly being compared to his brother.  Quicksilver finally was given justification for his apprehensive and obnoxious attitude, living as a person with the power of super speed who has to deal with an entire world that is, to his perspective, far too "slow."  And, most memorable for me, was Guido, the Strong Guy.  The series key source of comic relief, Guido came off as silly, easy going and good natured.  But Guido was hiding a dark secret- that, due to the nature of his powers developing, he was in constant pain.  Day in, day out.  But Guido didn't want to let anyone in on that secret, to keep their spirits up.  And, at the end of the issue, we get a peak into the team's government liason Valerie Cooper's assessment of the team, and getting each and every one of the hilariously wrong. 

Peter David didn't stay long during this incarnation, at least compared to his other runs on other titles, but his impact was still pretty evident.  His influence is likely the main reason why the characters from this team are more associated with the name "X-Factor" than the team that served before them. 
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This is why I like Brian Bendis.

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At least part of the reason. 

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BigBadMonster Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, can i ask a question? What materials do you use when you normally color your artwork?
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RobertMacQuarrie1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I use Prismacolor markers. 
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BigBadMonster Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I see. I normally use copic markers when I color in a lot of my artwork. Although I also throw in a mix of prismicolor markers. Mainly because there are some colors that I can't quite find as copic markers, and also because they are cheaper. 
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Really dig your drawing style.
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nitpickbrony Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
This...account.....is....GLORIOUS!!!
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RobertMacQuarrie1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Um.... thanks!
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hayley566 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist
I just want to show you this because you kind of missed a major thing in your superior rant. master-of-suprise.deviantart.c…
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hayley566 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist
I was wondering if you'll ever talk about what Dan Slott did to black cat's character or his new mary sue OC Silk?

I'd love to see you rip that apart.
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RobertMacQuarrie1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I have plans, but probably won't work on it until next year.
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hayley566 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist
awww...I hate waiting. *pouts*
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