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Awesome Art Picks: Cyclops, Princess Leia, Superman and More

Some of this week's coolest comic book art you won't see in comic books.

Each week we try to gather some of the coolest comic book art that won't be appearing in actual comic books. Because artists love what they do, they are constantly sketching and drawing images when they are not working on an actual assignment. It's important to experiment and it gives us a chance to see some really great renditions of our favorite characters that we might not normally get to see.

To see past editions of our collection of art picks, just filter the search above and type in "Awesome Art Picks."

The first image you can see here shows that less is sometimes better. I'm not an art expert and I'm sure I will be corrected but I believe this uses the idea of negative space. This image of Cyclops blasting away at a Sentinel was done by Chris Samnee. He worked on this really cool book called Thor: The Mighty Avenger and has done some issues of The Mighty and Captain America. His art really speaks for itself.

Chris even puts up sketches for sale periodically on his website so check it out if you like his stuff and want some original art.

Of course we have more to look at.

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I try not to do multiple images by the same artist but Chris Samnee also did this really cool piece on J'onn J'onzz, Martian Manhunter this week.

I think it's obvious we really need to see more from Chris.

What about Princess Leia? How many drawings have we seen of her over the years? She is usually depicted in her original white outfit or in her Slave Leia outfit. Here's a different take by Phil Noto, seen on his Tumblr page.

Leia was tough in the movies but imagine what might have happened if Vader and the Emperor got their hands on her. Sure she would have been able to easily resist them but the fact is she has the potentially to be a really kickass character, something I've always thought since reading the novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye.

Being that it is the Fourth of July weekend in the United States, we couldn't have not have a picture of Captain America. Also, based on the past editions of Awesome Art Picks, we can't not have a picture by Mitch Breitweiser.

Posted on his site, this was done apparently on the road. Pretty dang sweet.

How about Superman? How about a cute rendition of Superman? He is (or was) all about Truth, Justice and the American way.

This piece was done by Agnes Garbowska on her Tumblr. Check out her webcomic on her website.

Finally, prepare yourself for...Spider-Nam.

Done by James Stokoe (HeGotGronch via Twitter)...the images are mind-blowing. He has a site with other images you should check out.

And finally, a last minute edition from Philip Tan of Starfox.

I love Philip's caption for this: "Quick update then running again. Today's sketch; Starfox! What happened to him, btw? :p"

"Today's sketch"? Dang, I wish I could just do a random daily sketch like that.

That wraps up this week's edition. What did you think of these? We will have another edition next week.

Posted by primepower53

I love the spider man strip.  
"Don't mean nothin Parker." LMFAO!
Posted by marvelunivers_deleteme

i like spidey one too

Edited by dorsk188

Love Spider-Nam as well.  Got more enjoyment out of that than most of the comics I've read in the last few years.

Posted by Don_Jay

Spider nam should be picked up as a mini or something it's so awesome

Posted by Decept-O

Thank You, G-Man! Awesome art again. That Captain America art is beautiful, great for the Fourth of July here in the USA! The Cyclops and the M. Manhunter, superbly done in black and white, love 'em. What DID happen to Starfox?

Posted by cyberninja

That  Leia art is out of this world. 

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

That's great, especially the Spider-man one

Posted by thechessclub

Danm. Those Spider Nam pages are deep

Posted by Zapa

the spider-nam one is very good and really deep!!!

Posted by B'Town

You have found some great work, I dig the Martian Manhunter piece and the Princess Leia is beautiful. Thanks Tony.

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool

Punisher + Rambo + Spider Man = Spider Nam?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

That Spidey one is great, and MM one is awesome.  Leia certainly looks unique!

Posted by tonis

another good week of image digging. Darth Leia woulda been cool to see on the screen.

And that Spider-Nam is just way cool, definitely gotta check out more of that.

Posted by Billy Batson

Superman and MM. Awesome. 


Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

not keen on any of those..

Posted by Gambit1024

I love this segment, keep them coming :) 
I really like the Cyclops one and the Leia one. 

Posted by SpidermanWins

Cyclops one would be even more awesome colored. Spider-Nam is kicka$$.

Posted by TransgressionsofSociety

Those are awesome.

Posted by EdwardWindsor

Spider-nam would be a series ai would certainly buy if it ever cmae to print would be a real change for parker and possibly a cool one to boot.

Posted by Samimista

Spider-Nam looks just like the Spider-Man panels kudos to whoever did the artwork.

Posted by darth bul


Posted by WonderBoy1132

I love these awesome art picks!

Posted by ImperiousRix

I absolutely love the Cyclops/Sentinel one, and the Spider-Nam one is just plain fun.

Posted by PureKiwi

Wow...they're all great 
Princess Leia art is abasolutely amazing...
Posted by Icon

@Don_Jay said:

Spider nam should be picked up as a mini or something it's so awesome


Posted by thesilverbeatle

I love the Spiderman art.

Posted by jloneblackheart

Starfox is probably still on Titan, not on Earth, so not being written about by Marvel.

As of today : 0 books and 0 love for cosmic

Posted by ARMIV

All of those were freaking awesome!  
'Specially the Spider-Nam ones. It really should be picked up as a mini.

Posted by Pizawle

Samnee and Stokoe are such beasts.

Posted by RareCheshire

Martian Manhunter looks great! I really wished he was part of the Justice League in the relaunch though!

Posted by Mbecks14
Posted by The Psyentist

O_o Darth Leia? Hmmmm...

Posted by goldenkey

the Leia pic was such a cool ass idea. 
Posted by shol

Love the Cyclops image by Chris Samnee. :)

Posted by The Impersonator

The Dark Side of the Force is strong with you, Leia!

Posted by _Zombie_

Huh, that spider-nam pic actually made me think spidey was awesome for a few seconds there. ._.

Posted by MagicBass

Wow, I love the Spider-Nam! Very cool... also loving the depiction of Leia! Never seen that take on Leia before.

Posted by Larkin1388

Love the Spider-Nam

Posted by ragdollpurps

I'm a huge Noto fan and that Spider-Nam is great.

Posted by PowerHerc

Darth Leia is one I'd never have thought of.

Posted by Out_of_Space

Martian Manhunter and Spider-Man picks are awesome.

Posted by Eyz

Fantastic choices!

Posted by Grandmaster_Fro

Spider-Nam should get his own series. It would be super badass

Posted by MetatronDaDon

gr8 art!

Posted by nextavengersazari

they should make superman withot pants