Posts filled under: Illyana Rasputin

All New X-Men #25 I got the invite and couldn’t believe my lucky stars. Illyana Rasputin and Kitty Pryde. Can I do it like a movie poster? Heck, YEAH?! I want to make it like a Lee Marvin bombs-a’-bursting, car chase extravaganza with ninjas and monsters. I was running a fever on the days I was completing it and crossed my fingers as I sent it off. And here it is finally. I had to block out the fact that there are all these amazing artists who are in the same book (terror). I would have just froze.

Gratitude and much respect goes out to the great Brian Michael Bendis for tailoring this to give me so much room to play and Nick Lowe for tremendous support and encouragement. I hope I can do more in the future.

Magik misdirection. A study of Illyana’s face and demeanor done in Odosketch. I’ve a soft spot for Magik because of the raw deal that was her life. I say “was” because since she was six she’s been kidnapped twice, raised in hell ( might as well, this limbo/otherplace), finally returned to her family as a child again only to contract the Legacy Virus—and she dies.

Yes, this Illyana we’re following is not the real one. Belasco couldn’t let her go.

The spell managed to pull forth the remaining essence and memories of Illyana still held within Limbo’s dimension. The essence took shape but was the Darkchilde, the semi-demonic version of Illyana corrupted and transformed by dark magic. Wikipedia entry on Magik

Illyana Rasputin, Magik My take on her. The Demon Bear Saga, illustrated by the great Bill Sienkiewicz, was my first intro to her and the New Mutants team. Fondly remembered and I still have to stop from buying issues of this run each time I find it. CBR noted this run as Comics You should Own. I wholeheartedly agree.

I stopped following the NM after Bill left the series and really stayed away after Illyana went missing. Also been on this kick of visualizing superhero costumes without the spandex or capes. She’s a teen trying to have a normal life. Except she can mess you up by bringing you to a corner of hell or vice versa. Pen, pencil, watercolor on ye olde sketchbook that should really have been filled up a month ago.

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