Design & DevelopmentBehind the ScenesInside the Art of Jean Grey

Inside the Art of Jean Grey

Monday, January 7, 2013

Illustrator Fabian “Monk” Schlaga takes us through the evolution of his concept artwork for the gorgeous Marvel mutant, Jean Grey:

“I’ve been interested in more graphic approaches to my work for a while now, and in this case an X-themed composition seemed like an obvious choice. It’s not exactly subtle, but given the nature of the subject matter I felt like it would really complement the final sculpted piece from Sideshow.

In terms of the color scheme, I intentionally kept it rather limited, letting the light dominate over the colors for the most part. In some of the early versions I explored a more extreme palette, where the image was partially doused in red, as if the viewer were to actually experience being at the receiving end of Jean’s attack. It was an attempt to emphasize a visual break, but ultimately we felt it took too much attention away from her face.

In general, I wanted to strike a balance between something energetic and beautiful. Jean always struck me as a kind of sovereign character, but not unhinged (usually!). Chances are she is more powerful than you and she knows it – that’s the impression I wanted to create.”

More of Fabian’s Work in Progress:

The final artwork (and much much more!) can be found in our 2013 Sideshow calendar. And be sure to keep an eye out for our Jean Grey Premium Format Figure, previewing soon.


Fabian Schlaga was born in 1987 and, thanks to his father’s job, has spent most of his life moving from one country to another. His parents always considered themselves culturally educated people and as such there was no room for these so-called “superheroes” or whatever. So naturally, that’s exactly what got Fabian’s attention. Nowadays, whenever he’s not drawing atrocious monsters and/or busty ladies, he spends his time day dreaming about what he’d do if he were Akira.

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  • BuffyGirl

    I am very excited to order this one.

  • jamie

    About time! Seriously. Jean should have been one of the first X-Men PFs done.

  • Ralphie

    concept art looks really nice and seems to capture an original looking Jean Grey.Can’t wait to see the Sculpt.

  • Wasem Malallah

    Dilema! Jean Grey? Or wait for you guys to make Dark Phoenix? You guys always do this to me… this looks amazing without seeing the sculpture… great job Sideshow

  • Bachar

    This is long overdue! I cant wait! Here comes the QUEEN OF ALL MUTANTS!

  • Michel

    Please, please, PLEASE give Jean a unique base rather than the simple ‘X’. It would look so much nicer displayed next to Cyclops. Maybe a Cerebro theme?

  • tom nash

    im realy happy to see this hopefuly we can get a beast jim lee style or cable always sideshows must haves feels like christmas year round so cool

  • Ana

    Awesome work! Can’t wait to see this finished!

  • Kyle

    Love it. Just the other day I told my friend I wanted a premium format Jean Grey at #1 and Magneto at #2. I’ll order it the minute its for pre order.

  • Kearstin

    Ohhhh man I totally need it!

  • jedi6

    WTH SS? Where IS she?????

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