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Finished pencils for a cover I recently did for Fathom: The Elite Saga #3 with Aspen Comics which hits stores this Wednesday.

Lately, the Aspen dudes have been generous to let me conjure up my own cover concepts. The Fathom Christmas cover and Soulfire St. Paddy's Day cover I did for them earlier in the year were very well received by their public so my editor approached me with the idea of doing a Fourth of July theme cover. Early on we discussed the idea centering the image around fireworks, which always looks great with pinups, but I've grown to adore drawing Aspen Mathews so I wanted to do something completely out of the ordinary add a unique touch of celebration for the famous 4th to the image.

With variant covers like this I think it's fun to take the characters out of their normal element so here I dressed Aspen in a kind of hippie attire with a couple fun Easter-eggs like peace sign earrings and a heart tattoo on her tummy with the Aspen logo inside of it.

Hope you guys dig it!

:iconsquirrelshaver: Pencils: me (Mike DeBalfo)

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:iconjaymax:
JayMax Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very Nice!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You perfected that face, Mike. Nice work
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TheLoganMiller Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
nice pencils
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:iconheronwolf:
heronwolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there, I've just featured you in my journal! fav.me/d6ctzcr
Have a great day ;-)
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RolandBoyce Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your pencils are amazing as always ! 
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:iconpant:
pant Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it Mike :)
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:iconj2artist:
j2Artist Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artist
I do love your pencil work
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:iconleganica:
Leganica Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Карандаш у тебя потрясающий просто!
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:icondseter:
Dseter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I wish the stars were starfish actually, but I still love it!
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:icontravinapple:
Travinapple Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks phenomenal! i envy your pencil skills.
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:iconmichaelstewart:
michaelstewart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice. getting better Mike!
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:iconthealphasoul:
TheAlphaSoul Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Artist
Amazing!
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:iconyngabbot:
yngabbot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dope
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Hodges-Art Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional
Looks great!
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:iconjuliano-pereira:
Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!
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:iconstardust-thief:
Stardust-Thief Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I absolutely love how your work looks on pencils! it loos so complex and awesome
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:iconxandimus:
Xandimus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   General Artist
even not in color...she's totally fine!
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:iconartofadamlumb:
artofadamlumb Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty lines Mike. The face is lovely.

Adam [link]
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:iconlcfreitas:
LCFreitas Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Artist
Teach me master!
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:iconrainwaterfall:
rainwaterfall Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
omg so beautiful
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:icontenshiflyers:
tenshiflyers Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!! ^^
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:iconjessielovanoart:
JessieLovanoArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so in love with this, the pose is awesome and I love all the sparkles! There's so much detail in this, it's gorgeous.
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SullenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
they should give you a carte blanche all the time dude ... that's one mindblowing awesome piece of cover-work!
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:iconcute-heart:
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :D
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:iconinvinciblesoul:
InvincibleSoul Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!
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:iconatseyss:
Atseyss Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh aspen ! \(^v^)/ *happy*
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:iconwildpegasus13:
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Amazing stuff, Mike!
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:iconkevymetal:
KevyMetal Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Look forward to the final version.
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:iconjcecalaiv:
JCecalaIV Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Red, White and Babe!! 
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:iconkomikino:
Komikino Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't these girls ever button their pants???
:)
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:iconcyde95:
Cyde95 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Wow
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:iconana21410:
ana21410 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I love the sketch!
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:iconseoulman73:
seoulman73 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
GOR-geous!
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:icondarkmir:
Darkmir Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea when you first began to post here on dA, but , in looking at your first posts, and comparing them to your latest, the increase in the level of your precision and line control is amazing.

Great work. This is really gorgeous. If you were an artist in one of my art departments, I'd be pushing for you to get a juicy raise. The line work on this is first rate stuff.
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:iconmarkraats:
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Once again, hit the ball out of the park with your exquisite linework.!
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gph-artist Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it, Mike.
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:iconmbishop2050:
mbishop2050 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Fanatastic!
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:iconwolfyskitty:
WolfysKitty Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
absolutely beautiful. I love it.
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:iconshaoran100:
shaoran100 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
can put it color?
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:icondarkereve:
DarkerEve Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Amazing lines
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:iconsparksflystudios:
SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is spectacular, Mike.
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:iconartbybones:
ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looking good as always, chief.
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:iconsektrone:
SektrOne Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Wicked energy! Awesome job, man.
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:iconpouchm:
pouchm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
You just do simply amazing pencil work!
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:iconangeltovar:
AngelTovar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Artist
Holly mother of god...
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:iconninjason57:
ninjason57 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
been a while since ive seen your stuff! Love it as always!
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:iconnicolebrune:
NicoleBrune Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I dig it!
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:iconajanime22:
Ajanime22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Beautiful. :*)
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very Beautiful drawing
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