Sunday, June 26, 2011

MAKING A MARK: Paul Renaud On Blondes vs Reds, And X-Men Art To Scream Over

Every week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist a little brag-space right here on IADW. This week, I'm compelled to plug the art of Paul Renaud. A man who you will (if you aren't already) be soon talking about in the same leagues as Adam Hughes and Terry Dodson.

Done for a French book on Alan Moore, see how the French illustrator uses a simple dog to flawlessly capture the tone of Miracleman.

It's details like this that make Paul's work soar. Case in point; Paul's unused cover sketch for Widowmaker #1 (before he realised a double cover was needed), and how he salvaged the composition for the cover to Hawkeye and Mockingbird #6.

Says Paul of the switch "Exit Natacha, and welcome Bobbi! Turned out for the best, because I think the scene works much better with Clint and Bobbi." Proving redheads don't always win, see how just a slight change in angles can add so much more power to the final result!

When I first saw this French con print, I ran around the room screaming 'That's the X-Men! That's the X-Men!' Now I just aww over having Lockheed look sorrowfully at Cyclops' fallen visor. 

A homage to Paul Smith and his stunning splash page from Uncanny X-Men #175, it is just as powerful as the Phoenix Force itself, if not stronger!

*Sigh* Brown and gold Wolverine, where have you gone?

For more of Paul's made markings, visit his personal website after the jump.


  1. oh i really like that Elektra! especially the soft pastel like colors used in it. speaking of cool art Dan i love your Transformer masthead. i assume that's because of TF3 about to come out? well Dan i'll tell you what. if it ends up sucking as bad as the 2nd one then you might find yourself on the NZ version of these sort of videos testing the IQ of people in a particular country. well guess what? i just found out our neighbors to the north are as dumb as we are:

  2. I'm really tempted to see it this weekend. I know I've got about an 80% chance of walking out of the theater completely pissed off, but I can't help myself.

  3. Thanks guys! I also like the small tweaks he makes to Elektra's costume too Dave - in some parts it's more swimsuit and in others more ninja, so it's win-win!

    Yip the masthead is for TF3 timing. I won't be checking it out, as I'm aware now Michael Bay's idea of TF and mine are as far apart as Cyberton and Earth, but I'm glad they are popular, and have a few posted in mind for this week to celebrate what made G1 such a key part of my childhood.

    As for the Canadian video well yes... umm... some of those are horrible. The bald dude did pretty okay though. I'm save if they make it to NZ - tourists don't come much further then Auckland mostly!

    Craig if you cave into the devil on your shoulder let me know how it goes!

  4. We took the kids to see a movie yesterday (Chop Saki Panda) and saw the notice for the midnight showing of TF3. Of course the decision was made for me. I can't take Friday off (stupid potential customer wants a conference call). I may catch it this weekend. I'll let you guys know if I break down.