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.