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Defenders by Franchesco Defenders by Franchesco
from the Fresco Vaults... circa 1997

Graphite on a monstrous sheet of 19x24 Bristol Board (a double-page spread without the slice in the middle). The logistics of working on a single sheet that size, makes working on regular size paper afterward --feel like drawing on a trading card.



I know it doesn't look like graphite. It's a scan of a reduced xerox of a reduced xerox of a reduced xerox. I have the original hanging on the wall... its the first thing I see every time I walk through the door.

:wave: thanks for looking...
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's a cool piece.

That is an exceptionally handsome and cheeky Beast there!
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Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Awesome!
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Narked Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my favorite teams from back in the day, Val, Hellcat and the Red Guardian made it worth buying especially when the book was draw by the great Keith
Giffen! He drew some fine gals!
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
dr. strange just needs some swell disco boots and he´s ready for XANADU/Flashdance action :D hehe
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EricNocellaDiaz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional
That's a big piece of art man - awesome. I used to collect the Defenders like a crazy kid when it first started. Ahhh the memories....another oldie goodie from you.
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TULIO19mx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! These is totally awesome!! Great work!!!
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kyria Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
speccctacular!
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NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You were crazy back then Francho. And I love it.
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captdiablo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Wow.. now that's epic. Apparently you were pretty damn awesome 12 years ago too :)
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EssbeeEscobar Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah. U were nuts.

EssBee
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ShonRichards Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
The detail in this is magnificent. Every character could easily stand on their own as a separate image.
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Salvador-Raga Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's nice to see this post because now we can see your progress during these years!
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I recognize everyone except the girl in the top left corner. Who is it? tell me, or it'll drive me nuts! :)
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Franchesco Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Good question, BBEDLAM. But you have me confused with someone who will actually say it... just like that? Say it ain't so, bro.

What if I give you a clue... or two?

If the metallic head band does not instantly give it away... she shares the same "last name" of a "savage" character I am closely associated with.

:evillaugh:
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um... is it Namorita?
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Franchesco Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Sorry, no.

think the color "green". :D
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
man, you're killing me here.

She-Hulk?
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Franchesco Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Yipes--
Okay, okay... maybe I've been too vague, BBEDLAM.

That guess is close to one of the clues. Folks seem to like my take on the GREEN goddess... she-DRAGON... who is closely associated with She-Hulk.

so... the lady in question's name, ends in "DRAGON" and her costume is "GREEN".

new clue: telepathic powers.

:)
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Bbedlam Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh.. so it's Moondragon! If you had just given the clue "the bald chick" I'd have nailed it a lot earlier :)

I think what threw me off was she looks ... happy. And I always remember Moondragon being a perpetually pissed off woman.
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theartyst Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
a Superb job :w00t: perchance - do I see Angel doing a "Frank Zane" Mr Olympia Pose ?
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REFLEX76 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice line work! I can't wait to get my wacom! I'd love to see that colored.
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PatCarlucci Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Was there EVER a time you weren't BAD@$$ Fresco????
Great job on this!
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StardustDragon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Well I can definitely tell it's more recent than the last one, as you're starting to nail down your anatomy.

It's a very interesting montage to say the least too.
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singory Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
:love: valkayre :love:
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angiepk Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I almost faved this but Namor's booty scared me too much. lol.
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122476 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i remember once did a a group pin up of some of our AD&D characters back in the mid 90's of a similar size, i don't know what happened to it but i remember the pain of drawing something that big!!!
XD
anyways cool stuff dude!!!
:D
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N-I-V-E-K Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
I think it'd be really cool to see how you would draw one of these characters today! Perhaps have like a side-by-side comparison. This piece is just massive, and this must have taken you forever to complete! Namor's practically bustin' outta' his skivies! Killer work!:)
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Cahnartist Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:omfg:Your line work is really Awesome Franchesco. Valkyrie is so hot in this picture, can't wait to see an updated pic of her. GREAT JOB as always!
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onecoyote Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
um...... wow...... Namor..... you work out a lot....


Excellent work! You did a great rendition of one of my fav ladies Valkyrie.
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Franchesco Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
LOL

yep, that Namor and his Soloflex addiction. Although he is looking smaller than the previous Submariner pic I posted... but still pretty big. Imperius Rex!!!

Thanks for the props, ONE COYOTE... I love Valkyrie too. Would be nice to take another crack at her, to see what that pic might look like today.

Thanks again... :D
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onecoyote Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
My pleasure!
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