I like the overall feel of the illo--a carefree spirit until she has to spring into action. I haven't kept up with the X-Men because of the multitude of spin-offs and cross-pollinating storylines. But one title, Wolverine, I followed for a while back when. I liked the Japan story arc guest-starring Jubilee and Gambit, and the eco-terrorist story arc guest-starring Jubilee and Terror, Inc. (who had a title of his own for about a dozen or so issues).
Again another fave character of mine, I really like the way you've bought her free spirited loving bubbly attitude out in this piece, I personally think it's to do with the face so naturally the face In my opinion worked out great for the character that she is. The pose also brings out her Jubileeness.
I would love to see you tackle this character with a comic book style.
Mainstream, Jubilee is in her late teens/early twenties. They're bringing her in to a Civil War tie in soon, where she's not without her powers, so to speak.
I think one of the reasons you may not be satisfied with the face is that you attempted a comic book style, but were so heavily influenced by anime and manga in trying to establish Asian Features, that it came out an uneven mix of the two.
Jubilee is one of my most favorite comic book characters for a number of reasons, and I do like the efforts you made. Hope you keep at it!
But I really like the rendition of the character here. – it's just a sketch, but it's maybe the cutest rendition she have ever had someday (I used to like how Bachalo drawn her on early Generation X issues).
I tape copy paper over the parts of the page I'm not yet working on, whenever possible; this is especially important on the right side of the page, as I start working from the left side and move over to the right (as I am right-handed). This means I go through reams upon reams of copy paper as smudge-avoiding "frisket", in effect, but what the hell...
Behold, as I give away my trade secret: The paper is linen-finish "cover" stock, available in the, uh, "fancy paper" section of most office-supply stores. (Go for the heavier, cardstock version of the stuff, not the lighter-weight paper.) It's used for high-end printing, as in resumes, cover letters and whatnot; it's not actually meant to be a drawing medium, but just happens to work pretty damn well regardless. Back in the early 90s, I stumbled across the paper's potential quite by accident, and have been working with it ever since. I've turned a number of other artists on to the medium, all of whom use it in quite a different manner than I do...