Sunday, December 31, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

How to make a Christmas card pt.I

Worked on our annual family Christmas card this weekend. He's some of preliminary sketches, and a first run at the final.











Not done, yet. Some stuff I still have to tweak.

Mike

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The chase

In keeping with the "works in progress" title, here are more roughs from Hysteria: One Man Gang. I'm keeping it as fluid as possible, to try and avoid the trap of a very rigid/slick car chase.









Unfortunately, I can not give an answer as to when this will be done. I have to do it on the side, when not working on Un-men. I also refuse to just rush it at this point. To date, after six+ years of working in Hysteria stories, both self published and for various publishers, I've NEVER seen a DIME of profits from the book. So if it aint for money then it's for love. And you don't rush love ;)

mike

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Umbra trade cover fight

I usually end up fighting for a long time with a cover for a trade paper back (I did something like 8 revisions for the trade to Queen & Country, Vol. 6). Umbra is no exception. PLUS, we have offers from 3 other countries to put out translated versions so I want a really strong, iconic cover.

Anyway, here are a few initial attempts. The bit on the left side is the spine. Normally I try and design the entire book cover at once (front, spine, and back) but I'm only showing the front and spine here for now.

You may not be able to tell, but on the first version the light source is a head lamp the figure is wearing.

Many, MANY more revisions to go through and new ideas to cook up.




Best,
Mike

Monday, November 27, 2006

Frank and a pork pie hat



You may remember this sketch from the Halloween post. Click here if you missed it.I had wanted to make a Halloween card to send out to pals, and fans but didn't quite get it done in time. Anyway, here's the unfinished digital painting of Frank.



AND, here's an early design of Agent Kilcrop from the Unmen (from Vertigo, written by John Whalen). I think this guy is one of the more interesting, likable characters I've worked on in a while.

Best,
Mike

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I'm thankful for...

... all of you guys. Seriously. I don't have as many fans as some artists, but I can really count of a small, devoted group to follow me from one hair brained project to another without missing a beat.

Thanks to you, folks. I loves ya' all.

I'm also thankful for my family, especially my wife. I had dinner at my father-in-law's small diner today. Just us, in a booth, eating the normal Turkey day stuff, after the place had closed. While we're eating we see this homeless guy walking up, and my wife jumps up (without any hesitation) and says to me "tell him to come in, we have food for him". So, he sat two booths down, eating quietly, and would mumble "thank you" softly every so often. She even warmed up his coffee with a refill and a smile.

I'm lucky to have her.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all had your self a great time with who ever is important to you.

best,
Mike

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Un-men preview




Sneak peek for Un-men, from Vertigo. I'm just about finished #1, and starting #2, and trust me this is going to be a great series. John's writing some fantastic stuff.

Check out the interviews/previews-
Newsarama
CBR

Best,
Mike

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

My OTHER book...



When not working on The Un-men, and wrapping up Hysteria, I'm working on my OTHER book... Sturgeon, with Umbra writer Steve Murphy.

This'll be a small format graphic novel, and will run about 120 some pages. Set in the 70's, it's a coming of age book Steve's been cooking up for years.

Hope you dig it.

Best,
mike

Friday, November 03, 2006

This one's for you. Bill!

Preview of Exterminators #12. Hope you all got #11 ;)





Mike

PS - This preview is dedicated to everyone that ever wanted to see a guy with a mole in a comic... I'm looking at YOU Bill! ;)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Exterminators #11 out this week!




Apparently the first issue of The Exterminators (from Vertigo/DC comics) comic I drew will be out this coming week, so be sure to check it out. Great, great story Simon wrote up.


Mike

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Portent pin-up


Did this pin up for Peter Bergting's book, the Portent. If you haven't seen it, it's stunning. Peter's a fantastic artist, and could keep up with ANY of us working the big two. Great guy to boot.

Had to hack this out a bit, pun intended ;), cause I ran out of time.

Mike

PS - Check here for more on The Portent - http://web.mac.com/bergting/iWeb/Portent/News/News.html

Monday, October 23, 2006

Making of the Un-men San Diego Promo art

The Un-men promo art for my new series at Vertigo. Done @ 18" by 24". I wanted to paint it, but alas there was no time.












Lots of time went into this piece, which may very well never see print.

Mike

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Un-edited page from Tales of the TMNT #24



The guys at Mirage turned a double page spread I did into a splash for the final comic. Here's the original.

Mike

Friday, October 20, 2006

DOOM!



Did this sketch a while back, in between comic pages, and noticed it's not in the online sketchbook. So, I'll post it here till I can update the sketchbook.

Love me some DOOM.

Mike

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hysteria: One Man Gang #3



Yes, I'm STILL working on Hysteria. It'll be out soon, sorry for the hold up.

Best,
Mike

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Online Sketchbook update



Damn, almost a year since I updated the sketchbook! That'll change, promise.

Sneak preview of my fill-in on Tony Moore's The Exterminators, and a few designs from my Vertigo book - The Un-men.

Best,
Mike

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Welcome!


Hey all,

I hope to use this space to post works-in-progess as well as news on my new books, art, website, and shows. It's bare bones now, but I'll have this thing humming in no time.

Check back soon.

best,
Mike