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Colossus - The Order of X by NateHallinanArt Colossus - The Order of X by NateHallinanArt
The mountain of metal; Colossus. His father was a blacksmith and eventually apprenticed him in the family trade. Hard labor made Peter strong but he was always larger than the other kids. His size and strength even made certain people nervous. Others even rumored that it was ‘unnatural.’

By happenstance, he developed the ability to cover his body in metal and increase his strength. He discovered his abilities in his youth when his younger sister became trapped under a collapsed cart. When villagers witnessed his transformation they became frightened. Thinking that Peter might be some monsters, a mob formed and came after him and his family. They couldn't harm Peter but he couldn't protect his family without harming the villagers. Peter and his family were driven from their home but they found refuge in the land protected by Lord Xavier.

(Personal notes) I didn't want Colossus to have the typical perfectly sculpted bodybuilder look he usually does. I wanted his form to come across as though he gained it from hard labor. The best reference were guys from strongman competitions. His name is after all is Colossus, so I not only wanted him to be mountainous in muscle but pretty thick as well. I also thought it would be cool to make more iron (not chrome) giving him a darker, rough, natural look.

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CommanderRogers Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I love that he's just grabbing that hot iron with his bare hands.   And this interpretation does make tons of sense, even more so because of the medieval setting you're using.  I could see this also working for an Earth X type thing too, with Colossus being older and fuller.  But I'd much rather see this done into a story than another Earth X or just about any other "alternate" reality.  
Now that I've finally learned how to collect favorites (yes, I'm kind of a newb here) I will be adding all of these.   ....and following your work from now on too.
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CadenLWelborn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Artist
Makes me wonder why he doesn't just pound the heated metal with his fist. ;)
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
He could but it's probably not as precise in getting flat shapes with the hammer. *shrugs*
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Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
coooollll
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superj0ka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Makes me wonder what Shadowcat would look like. Hint, hint, anyone?
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the double comment, but I would like to add that your lighting is absolutely superb.  :)
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
:)
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!  I love the iron-like finish on his skin, instead of that horrible, silvery segmented look he has in the comics.  This is much more natural and suits him well.  the fact that he is a blacksmith is very appropriate, and I really like his story.  :)
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I really appreciate that. :D
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jessienude Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
These are SO AWESOME!!!!
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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thelongestyarn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your interpretations of these characters, especially this one. The artwork and the story is simply amazing. Fantastic job!
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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dajugganaut18 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Yeah. You know how comics are. All about the visuals and the flash, so even though he should technically look a lot more similar to your version, he's as shiny as a buffed bar of platinum in comics. 

But seriously man, amazing job. I can't wait to see the rest of the characters completed.
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dajugganaut18 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
And just to clarify, I think what you did looks amazing and makes tons of sense for the time period. Just something I felt I should point out, lol.
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I understand, my fault for not doing the research. I probably should have said, "more iron look than the chrome look they always give him." Me being the artist, I was more concerned about the visuals than the explanation behind it.
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dajugganaut18 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Great work. Just a nerd nitpick.

Colossus isn't made of chrome(he looks it, but he isn't). He's "Organic Steel" that's most closely similar to Osmium. Which actually looks a lot closer to the look you gave him in real life than it does the comics. But it's the comics.
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks.
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rajasegar Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!
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singularitycomplex Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
I like that you went with iron instead of chrome, but I think he should retain that "plated" look, not like in the comic books mind, but more like the gold guy from man with the iron fists: [link]
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm definitely in favor of the plated look over the segmented one from the comics.
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VanessaPadua Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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DieNoob Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Daaamn look at that fire! And those sharp details, i love this.
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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WhaleProbe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
All hail Hobolossus. [link]
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:iconnatehallinanart:
NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I get the most abstract references on DA...
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MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Niceeee
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man!
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Bealx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My gosh, that's awesome
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NateHallinanArt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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