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Vanity Fair: X-Women by Lightengale Vanity Fair: X-Women by Lightengale
I've been wanting to do this since the first Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair back in the mid-90's... I can only say I'm so glad it is now out of my system! LOL

Because I've already been asked, a lot, the ONLY reason Jean Grey isn't here is because I was trying to be current... but feel free to mentally swap her in for Terry if you're really that upset.
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AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
This is awesome :D

SO MUCH WIN!!!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
thank you so much! CURSE YOU! 
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AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
you're welcome ;) lol
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ShinLovesYou Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Where's Jubilee? ♥.♥
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CMCDeviant Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
The fact that you didn't include Jean Grey/Marvel Girl is why this is great. If you had, it would have taken away from the piece. The only way to make it work with her is to date the piece before her death. Also, while you could have cheated and used the currently out of time, from the past, young Jean, again, she would still be out of place and feel forced.

It's all my opinion, but I think Jean Grey's death has been one of the few comic deaths that has stuck so far and hope it continues to stick. She had a tragic, yet sacrificial death. It meant something, and will only continue to have meaning if she stays dead. Logic was the right path on her exclusion.

The only woman of the X that I think is sorely missing is Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Have you thought about doing another version of this with different or added women? It feels a bit brunette heavy and Rachel Summers/Phoenix, Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Illyana Rasputin/Magik, and Layla Miller/Butterfly would be good candidates to help even things out a little. Maybe Hope Summers, but I feel she's still a bit young. And maybe Raven Darkholme/Mystique. But what you have here seems heroine focused, and Mystique is always bouncing around doing what serves her needs, usually landing herself as a villainess. Again, the only woman I feel is really missing is Wanda.

Oh, and you're kind of lucky that Strong Guy (Guido Carosella) had a soft spot for Monet and brought her back to life after he became the new ruler of Hell. Regardless, this is a wonderful piece you have created.
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Thank you very much for the feedback, but your acknowledgment of Jean missing because of continuity/reality is exactly why your suggestions wouldn't work. The idea behind this was that if Vanity Fair did a spread on the "Women of the X", this felt like a good list representing mutant kind under the X banner at the time.

Wanda may be a mutant but she is certainly not an X-Man. The reason this seems heroine focused is because it is; A murderous sociopath like Mystique isn't going to pose (or be asked and/or allowed to pose) with these women. Lastly, I was more concerned with a strong variety of characters and not whitewashing the piece than making sure there were enough blondes and redheads to balance.

Lastly, I'm not exactly sure what Guido resurrecting Monet has to do with anything or why I'm lucky for it but I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thanks again. =]
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electrojeremy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Totally awesome. Why isn't Rouge wearing gloves?

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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Because she wanted to feel like a normal girl for a day! ;)

Thank you.
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Lb1510sbz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Awesome piece! 
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank ye much!
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modestlobster Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great concept and execution. =] Nicely done!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you very much. =)
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sweetlefty Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
This is awesome!!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you!
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rostridge Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece! Love the overall layout, but I am a sucker for that Vanity Fair celeb layout. I really like how each character has their own look, and not just in the colouring. My favourite is Dazzler; you nailed her pose and face. Great work on an ambitious piece!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Thank you so much. It was definitely a labour of (mostly) love.
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Sholmes75 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
dude you killed it!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Thanks. Think it needs a recolor but I'm still happy with it. :)
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Hemamal Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing! I wish it had the names under though. I don't know a few.
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Thanks. Their names are written on the pic... Well, their real names. ;)
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Hemamal Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No Prob!. Thanks.
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KniteShayd Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Thank you!
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Anduinel Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Oh, this is lovely. I'm so tickled that Ali gets front and center!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
She should always be front and center. ;)

Thank you.
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jeangreyforever Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Oh this is just a beautiful piece of work! I can literally not describe how much I love this!!!

My only issue would be the one many others have pointed out which is the absence of Jean (who happens to be my fav) but Siryn can easily be a replacement.

But even without Jean this piece is just brilliant and superb and every other great word out there!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I know, I know. Stop tormenting me!!! LOL

I really do hate that I let my loose logic take over because I love Jean but it is what it is. However, feel free to envision Theresa as Jean... My regret is probably the reason I subconsciously colored her hair so red where Theresa's hair should be lighter. ;)

I'm glad you enjoyed it otherwise. Thanks!
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pyrogirlbl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
very nice
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Thank you. :)
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Tatertotter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I saw Jubilee all pale on a X-23 cover :I Did she turn into a vampire?
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
That she did.
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tapwater86 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of my new favorite things ever! The poses, the hair, the individual facial features...even the composition. It ALL works. As a longtime X-Fan I was able to recognize everyone right away. And the little details are awesome (You snuck in Xi'an's metal leg!)
WONDERFUL job!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Thank you very much! I appreciate that you singled out things I focused on and am glad you enjoy it.
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lagunanyxe Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is really amazing!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I thank ye kindly!
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lagunanyxe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem! :3
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hapahiro Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
GLORIOUS. Clearly, Dazzler is the SHINING STAR of that layout, but the other women look smashing!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Mmm-hmmmmm.
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:clap:
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
:bow:
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joshtylen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
aww I hoping to see Jean too, looks great though
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roguexevoxlove Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
where can ifind emma's dress
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Stephie-Wesson Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing, Storm and Polaris look so gorgeous!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thank ye much.
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SinghSingh Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Ohmygod!! I've been lurking aroun for years but this is so good I had to create an account to comment! This is amazing! The idea is genius and all the article title partss are great but the girls are just AAAHHHH!!! lulz Sorry its got me so excited I wish it was a real issue. I can't get over how stylish they are and how true to character in dress and even poses. Emma is all attitude, jubilee is adorable, Dani is like "whatever but I'm hot", Storm is sexy and regal, Betsy is pure sex and Dazzler just owns them all and knows it! lol Soooo good, I love this!
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
LOL Well, I appreciate your excitement. No need for apologies and thank you very much! I'm flattered I could motivate a lurker out from hiding. ;)
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roguexevoxlove Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
love lov love this but i have a question i rec rogue emma dazzler psylocke storm kitty and polaris but i'm confuzzed on everbodelss but stilllove lovelove this
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Lightengale Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thank you, thank you! If you look closer, you can see all of their names listed. :)
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roguexevoxlove Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
thank you
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oSYNo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gah.. having too much trouble trying to figure out who is who. D8 I can find Rogue and Storm easily enough, and what may or may not be Emma Frost, but.. I dunno. ._. I feel lame for not recognizing.
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