Saturday, February 18, 2017

Making faces



Some recent face sketches done as warm ups. 

Enjoy! 

Mike

In the studio. Out of the studio.



A change of weather brought on a change of scenery. Worked outside today, and as a biproduct my page output went up. Funny how that works 😊

Monday, January 30, 2017

Recent sketch warm-ups.

Some recent warm up sketches. 


Enjoy! 
Mike






















2016 Highlights PT.7: War and Peace Sketchbooks!




Hey everyone!

So, the final "Best of 2016" for me, and it's easily the biggest one for me! I got to develop my own line of sketchbooks with the amazing stationary company Story Supply Co. I can't overstate how important this project is for me. As a kid at an inner city public school, I got to take art classes for the first time and was given something magical: a sketchbook. There was one promise attached, If I fill it up I get a new one,  no questions asked.

So, I drew. I mean, I REALLY drew. Every minute I could. The rest is history.

I wanted to be able to offer that same deal to a new batch of young artists. The Story Supply Co. sketchbooks, and your support, allow me to do just that.

You see, we set up the deal so that if you bought a set of two "War and Peace" themed sketchbooks you were also donating a student version of the sketchbook to a young artist with ideas.

This project means the world to me, and the folks who backed it are close to my heart. Thank YOU, all of YOU, who helped make this thing real!

Just some of the limited "custom"  and "random" sketch orders that supported the project-




If you haven't bought a set, please consider picking one up. I hand picked the paper stock and designed the cover art. I poured as much love as I could into them, and the Story Supply Co. has been there every step of the way. This is my major "creator owned" project! Please support it!

Here are some pictures from our first visit to a city school art program to drop off several hundred sketchbooks. I'm so humbled by the artists I got to meet. Truly inspiring.








Much love,
Mike




Sunday, January 08, 2017

2016 Highlights PT.6: Radcliffe!

Down to the last few highlights. of 2016!

This one involves a book I worked on YEARS ago, Machine Teen. It's OK if you never heard of it ;-)

I got to co-create a bunch of characters with my writer and partner Marc Sumerak, and one was the evil genius Holden Radcliffe. Imagine my surprise when I found out he'd be a character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!



I'm thrilled to get to contribute to the Marvel Cinematic universe, and actor John Hannah is doing an amazing job of playing Holden. 

Very, very cool :-)

best,
Mike



Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Highlights PT.5: Iron Max

A few months back I got to meet this courageous little boy "Iron Max" and his sister Zoe. Max has overcome some hard times with his hemophilia, but he's got a will of iron! He and his sister put together a great little calendar to raise money and awareness for the disease. We met a few months back while at the Marvel offices in New York. I got draw these two as their favorite heroes. Seriously awesome kids! 
Here's a pic of us that apparently appeared on NBC news.




Please consider supporting these little heroes in their fight. More info here.
http://hearts4hemophilia.org/index.php/about-us/

best!
Mike

PS - Thanks for the pic, Fiel Patricio 


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Highlights PT.4: Ten Years!


That's right, one of the Highlights (at least for me) of 2016 was realizing I've had this blog going for ten years!

Here was the first post...


I confess, it was not much of a start. 


Still, it's crazy to think that ten years later I'd still be at it. I always kinda thought of the blog as a temporary place for my work till I set up a "proper website". Funny how things work out. 

Here are some highlights from the last ten years. 




















































Thanks for sticking around!

best,
Mike