Wednesday, September 28, 2011

To Arch or not to Arch? That is the question...

Another character here I wanted to thank for all the feedback. I had two options for the character of Angel. Either his original natural winged form or his Archangel, metal winged form.  I've always preferred his original wings, aesthetically they are just more appealing to draw. But I can see how being Archangel gives him much more offensive capabilities.

I've heard from quite a few people that think Angel in his original form is ridiculous and he doesn't offer much for powers. I looked up his abilities and was surprised to see how extensive they are.

"Angel's primary power is that of natural flight, due to his large feathered wings. His wings have superhuman strength, and they have a very flexible skeletal structure that enables him to press them to the back of his torso and legs with only the slightest bulge visible under his clothing. His bones are hollow, his body processes food more efficiently than a normal human body and does not store any excess fat, and he possesses a greater proportionate muscle mass than normal. As a result, his strength, speed, agility, endurance, reflexes, eyesight, and hearing are at their peak. Elements of his anatomy are comparable to those of birds. His superhumanly sharp eyes can withstand high-speed winds which would damage the average human eye. He can breathe at high velocities or altitudes, and he can cope with the reduced temperatures at high altitudes for prolonged periods of time, giving him a greater-than-normal capacity to endure low temperatures in areas such as the Arctic. The strength in his natural wings can easily break a man's arm or leg, or even put someone through a wall."

Pretty cool stuff, and there have been some great stories that really show his agility and fighting abilities. Angel is one of my favorite X-Men when it comes to the visuals. 

X-Men Month - Angel - 086
I chose to draw this on 11x17 to get the landscape I wanted to show his wings fully extended. His figure is about the same size as all the other drawings.

11x17 Ink on Bristol Board.
To Purchase, email subject "Angel" to

There were enough requests for Archangel that I'll add him to the years list down the road. I couldnt fit in every X-Men I wanted to draw in 30 days. So there'll be a few more throughout the year.


  1. Love the wings, but it's the superior little side-smirk on Worthington's face that makes this one. ;)

  2. yeah it was that playboy attitude that he had in the early days before his transformation that I was going for. thanks!

  3. Maybe you should do an X-Men year. That way you can get them all.

  4. Dang! His powers are indeed amazing! I've never knew all that...
    So that means he'll be top physical condition all his life

  5. Angel might not have coolest power set ever, but flight is always a popular choice. And he sure looks awesome soaring through the sky! Beautiful artwork Robert!