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07-08-2001, 08:46 PM
I was searching my old computer for a file that I needed when I came across this artist tryout. I downloaded it a number of years ago from a comicbook artists' board. I never got around to actually drawing out the sequences myself. I thought I'd repost it here to see if someone else might like to take a shot at it.




NOTE: Although this test plot features X-MEN characters, you DON'T
have to draw this sample with those characters. You can use Spidey and
Mary Jane; or Lois and Superman; or Glory and Supreme; or Captain
America and Scarlet Witch...whoever. This point is to show off what you
can draw, and how well you can tell a story, so make sure to adjust certain
story elements to match the characters you decide to use. Good luck!

Instructions: Draw 10" x 15" on 11" x 17" art paper -- preferably a
two-ply smooth finish bristol board, in pencil only. Think about, in general,
where word balloons might go, but do not draw in any balloon shapes.
Pencil tightly and completely. Do your best work. If you are skilled at
lettering or design, then it's acceptable to draw your own sound effects.
Keep track of how many hours you spend on each page, and write that
information on the back. Make a full-sized photocopy of the artwork for
yourself. If submitting samples by mail, send the clean photocopies instead
of the originals, with the time-it-took info on the back, your name and
address and phone on each page, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope
for a reply.

PAGE ONE: Splash page, full bleed. Big panel with several insets. Leave
room for logo, title, credits, and indicia. Begin with an establishing shot of
New York; there's a streak of light across the sky, but we can't tell quite
what's causing it. (We'll show it later.) "Pan in" to a specific luxury
apartment building. In a big picture window, past a fish tank filled with
exotic fish, we see two people having a beautiful candlelight dinner. It's
SCOTT SUMMERS and JEAN GREY, enjoying a romantic dinner in this
fancy penthouse apartment that a friend loaned to them for the weekend.
He is well-dressed, in a GQ/classy suit. She is dressed extremely well, and
sexy -- a fancy dress, but lots of cleavage, high-cut-slit long skirt, high
heels, sexy hairdo. But elegant, not trashy.

PAGE TWO: She opens a gift-wrapped present he's given her...perfume!
She dabs it sexily into her cleavage, flashing a killer smile; he seems
embarrassed. She then hands him a jewelry box, he opens it -- as a
BRILLIANT FLASH OF LIGHT illuminates the room (make this a stark,
dramatic lighting effect) coming from the window, from outside. He drops
the box; they race to the window and look down, reacting in horror.

PAGE THREE: Begin with: Big panel! Exterior, early evening, still
daylight -- a monster (make it up) is terrorizing a New York street! It's
ripped a lamppost out of the street and is swinging it around. People are
reacting, frightened. Traffic jam. And so forth. CUT BACK TO: Jean and
Scott. Sexy action as Jean peels out of her dress as she goes for her
costume. Scott yanks off his tie and shirt as they prepare to go into action.
(Beefcake shot!) CUT BACK TO: What's happening on the street!
Damage and destruction!

PAGE FOUR: We see several scenes, as Phoenix and Cyclops (Jean and
Scott now in costume) float down to the action (her telekinesis): A tall,
statuesque woman in a slinky outfit and high heels is walking her
Dobermans on leashes as she reacts; the monster has swung the lamppost,
smashing open a fire hydrant, and she gets drenched (she still looks sexy
wet); a little boy is racing away, carrying his kitten, about to be hit by a car
that's making its way through the traffic jam by driving partway on the
sidewalk; two thugs see a smashed-in window and are stealing TV sets and
stereos, and so forth -- show off that you can draw real people, real animals
and buildings, real FEAR of what's happening. The kid's about to be
mowed over by the car...

PAGE FIVE: ...But Phoenix flies in and scoops the child out of harms's
way. Now: Choreograph an action scene, as Phoenix and Cyclops fire
power blasts at the monster, who hurls a car at them. They use their
powers to stop it, as another one of the X-Men, ROGUE, flies in from
above (Rogue is always posed very curvy/sexy in flight), having heard the
police reports. The monster's eyes glow, and send a brilliant flash of light
and heat at them (like we saw on page 2), hot enough to melt things near it.

PAGE SIX: Cyclops runs, and Phoenix and Rogue fly, toward us
(monster's point of view). However, that panel is being shown on a
viewscreen! We CUT TO: A SKRULL space ship in space! (It's that
caused the streak on page 1) Then we CUT TO: Inside, is
SUPER-SKRULL, laughing in triumph at what he sees on that viewscreen.
He's standing near CRUSHER CREEL, the Absorbing Man, who is
captured and in stasis, wide-eyed, as wires and rays come from his body.
Super-Skrull is siphoning off Creel's absorbing ability, and is transferring it
to that synthetic monster he's created!