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Blood, Tears and Rain by Abbadon82 Blood, Tears and Rain by Abbadon82
My third picture with my new pen tablet & I really tried to make a fanart of X-23 which does justice to her. Some fanarts represented her too sexy, confident and only badass in my opinion, so I wanted to show her vulnerable & mental side which I loved in the X-23-comics of Sana Takeda.
I drew Laura in her X-Force suit which has a cool beautiful design, but isn`t too sexy & show optical the professional killer, but her expression & pose mirrors her soul.
The person in the background is her good friend Gambit who has an umbrella for the girl in the rain – symbolic for their friendship. She searches her side which is a human and girl and not the killer.

So far my best & most difficult picture created a pen tablet.
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1padaras Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
Very powerful... nice work, man :)
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ichihime96 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Such a Beautiful Piece! I love as well how you showed her helpless soft side, instead of her Badass Side. Really Amazing Work!
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Cylor Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very impressive work.
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xXIRavenIXx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad and so amazing!!! love it great work <3
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ShadowHawk137 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad...you and I have very similar interpretations of who Laura is. Though I do find her suit quite sexually appealing (and it has the exposed midriff that all female super heroes seem to have), I can see what you mean about it. The pose really does of wonderful job of conveying her attitude and mental state, especially the subtlety of her feet positions (toes pointed inward, a protective stance and decidedly feminine). I love the asymmetry of having the claws out on only one side, and the dripping blood was a nice touch. She makes me wish I was Gambit so I could cuddle her and make her feel better. The emotion here is just phenomenal, wonderful job! 
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ZaidFouquette Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I love it.
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shadamy20 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Nice work
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Shulkie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I love this image showing her coming to terms with troubled past knowing she was brought to life to be a killer, but she's still a young lady wanting to be normal.
Gorgeous job with the rain effect and coloring. The detail in her boots, outfit, and hair are very nicely done. Her face work is phenomenal and beautiful.
Love this whole sereness that is captured here. Nice job with the blood being deluded by the rain representing the rain washing away her troubles and emotional scars.
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shadowfangs55 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013

Gambit / Remy LeBeau and X-23 / Laura Kinney are both of my favorite MARVEL characters.

I'm glad that I collected and keep the comic book series, watched the animated series (including the episodes that are involved), and played as them in MARVEL vs CAPCOM series (MvsC 2 & 3) with air combos.

 

Both of them are common for having a dark past and seeking redemption. Gambit has a connection with the Mutant Massacre of the Morlocks by Mr. Sinister (including his dark side as Death / Apocalypse's Horseman servant) and X-23 was harshly trained as a living weapon made by the Facility.

 

This is the best artwork that I ever saw.

 

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JennyMeiou Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
so cool
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br34dk1d Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
This is just perfect. Thank you for this vision of her. I appreciate that.
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TheMarvelSketcher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
This is a great piece, I actually thought it was done by a professional comic artist (no offense if you really are one ;)). Great job, you were right about the way they usually portray X-23.
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment.:)
Sorry I`m not a professional artist.:D
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TheMarvelSketcher Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
You're welcome, and maybe you should consider being one, you've already got the talent. :)
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snaillyn Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
wow thats amazing
 you have done an amazing job making it so that it emotion :clap:
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment - then I was successful!:)
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snaillyn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
no problem :)
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful piece here! Lots of emotion put into it!
Rain drops, blood, and details are nice
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
I wish I would be already better with my pen tablet then the details would be much more better.:)
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hooksnfangs Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just practice everyday and keep up the good work :D
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galadhrim05 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful , and a great artpiece
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Crystal-Firefly Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, a great picture. I like you thoughts and I really see all what you describe in the drawing - it's wonderfully expressed in it.Clap 
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Lakita-lover Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Impressive visual and great choice of characterization!
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Alysandir Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"so I wanted to show her vulnerable & mental side"

Love this choice, as I believe it's more honest to the character.  I get very frustrated by a lot of the fan art of Laura, that shows her in cheesecake poses with Double D-cup breasts, and I SMH thinking, "this is a girl who knows little to nothing about sexuality, other than as a possible tactical weapon." 

Given everything that she's been through, the character is a classic introvert, observing the world but unsure of how to be a part of it, since all of her socialization as a child and teen was predicated on playing a role and doing what her handlers instructed her to do. What makes the character interesting is her exploration of what it means to not only be human, but to be able to *choose* for herself what that means. And given how badly she's been handled by the X-Men, who seem oblivious to the fact that she's not a fully actualized person but will readily do whatever she is told by an authority figure, and have used her as a killing weapon while repeatedly telling her that it is wrong to kill, it should not come as any surprise when she gets overwhelmed and confused, much like the above picture shows. It's arguably the most honest portrayal of her.
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don`t be sad!:D
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Ok.:sniff:
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kirateufel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god.
This is one of the most beautiful fanarts that I ever seen.
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thank you.:) Nice that you like it so much!
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ArtCrawl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome. :)
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TheStrategos Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
I think that you have thoroughly achieved everything you hoped to :D !
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DanMacIsaac Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice rendering,moment
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Phenomenal work.
So emotive and so well painted.
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LolitaLibrarian Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Gorgeous work! X-23 is one of my favorite mutants, and you captured her strength and her vulnerability beautifully.
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!:)
I always want to dedicate a great fanart to charakters I love so much. On those pictures I try to present their true charakters and in this way I am happy that I managed it to create a fanart which shows Laura Kinney and X-23 at the same time (optical X-23 and mental Laura).
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LolitaLibrarian Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You did it perfectly. Your work is always so lovely. ^_^
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sugahroc Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so vulnerable. What some tend to forget is that she is still a child. Yeah, she's a weapon, warrior, a killer first and people do like to create that vision of her but deep down... take away her harsh exterior.. She's a young girl who never really had a chance to be kid..
So this was refreshing to see.

And well having Gambit there as a support is great. And I have to agree too, he's far from saint status but he has this a kind devotedness towards certain people he's close to. He adds a nice genuine touch, glad you didn't add the others... Less is more honey.! Lol
Beautifully done.. ;)
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.:)
Yes and especially this point is interesting on X-23. In Marvel most of the heroes are adults (Ironman, Captain America, Spider-Man/Woman, Bruce Banner, Wolverine, Punisher, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Daredevil - all of them are between an age of 25 and 35) which had a childhood (even it was short or not perfect). But Laura is still a young girl/teenager who never had a childhood or nice days with a family. So it`s something else entirely to see pictures of a young heroine like X-23 who has a so elaborate character and a terrible past. There are only few female heroines like Laura or none to speak of.
This maybe a cause too it looks refreshing.:)
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sugahroc Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So very true... Readers love to read about a troubled past/ childhood more than the picture of perfect background/family with the white picket fence story. I'm not going to lie, I am one of those who's rather taking by the broken home history.. Lol

Well, at least Laura has/had a handful of people such as Gambit who treats her more as the person she really is than the "warrior" she's grown up to be...

Refreshing and just plain ol'good work!
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And now I'm having Blade Runner flashbacks, which mind you is never a bad thing
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Lady-Buffy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
all is very intense. Her pose, her face, her tear... Very impressive!! Her expression is so touching!!
And I like the fact of Gambit being there for her. I really like their friendship. He's never been a saint, but with people who he cares for, he's always a good person, a good friend. He does all those things for her that Logan never did. Remy treats her like she would like to be treated, as a normal girl and not as a weapon or an animal.
However, well done =)
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I loved it that Gambit had an important appearence in the X-23 comics and that his part as good friend was the focus. I can say I like him still more than before now. He was so nice to Laura. The story presented his thoughtful and reliable sides and I hope he will have a good role again in the future like here on her side!:)
First I wanted to draw Gambit, Jubilee and Logan in the background, but then the picture wouldn`t look so lonely and depressing. And Gambit was the person who squired X-23 most of the time, so I decided that he will be the one who brings symbolic an umbrella on a rainy day, whichs stands for Lauras loneliness and sadness.
Thanks for the comment - her expression was not easy to draw - she should look preoccupied in thoughts, sadly and with unseeing eyes, but not too tear-stained and gentle.
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Lady-Buffy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
You did well to choose him: he is the most suitable to bring a symbolic umbrella to her. He was closer to her than Logan and Jubilee had done. Yeah, Logan should be a sort of a father to her, but he's not doing it so well =D
However, she looks exactly as you wanted her to look like ;)
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ChazzVC Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love this! shes depressed like she fought hard and came short and couldnt protect someone depressed >_>
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Faith84g Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
du wurdest nicht zufällig von jemanden zu dem Bild inspiriert?! ;p
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Abbadon82 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Du meinst dich?:D Vielleicht ein wenig - aber zur Zeit übe ich ja eh mit dem Grafik Tablet und ich wollte schon seit längerem ein Bild dieser Art zu Laura machen.
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hierojux Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Excellent work. 
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Lillum Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE it! Especially with Gambit in the background
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Wonderful
Beauty Heart
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SilentMortal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Seeing more X-23 fanart from you is like heaven to me. You're one of the rare people who truly understands the character. :)
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