Showing posts with label digital painting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label digital painting. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Digital painting demo & my Concept art class at PCAD

Hello everyone,

You may have heard that I'm currently teaching a college class at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. 

The school is pretty fantastic, and best of all it's run by working artists. I'm really thrilled to be there.

Tomorrow is my second class and I'll be doing a live demo on digital painting, and thought I'd share part of the demo here. I'm going to use the following piece as an example.








The class is part of the Illustration curriculum, and the students have already impressed me with their ability and creativity. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens with this group of artists!




Enjoy,
Mike

PS - Some of you following this blog may have already seen this piece. Sorry for the partial repeat.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Comic Twart - FRANKENSTEIN!


This week's character is Frankenstein's monster, who I love drawing. Here's how I did it.









Mike

Saturday, November 22, 2008

¡Mysterioso! part 4


I'm hoping to announce some of the new stuff I'm working on soonish. In the mean time, I'm going to keep dropping teasers on you, all mysterious like ;)

Enjoy!

Mike

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas cards now available!


The cards are up for sale up in my Etsy store. So, if you're gonna be sending cards out this year, swing by and pick some up! After all, why buy some generic cards for your loved ones when you can send them something a little more personal? ;)

best,
mike

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Holiday cards Pt. 2




Here's the final art and card for one of the new Holiday cards I'll have up at my Etsy store this coming week. Hopefully, these will be available by Monday.

I'll post more art tomorrow too.

Best,
mike

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The new Fear Agent print


I just got a few of the Fear Agent prints in from the printer, and they look fantastic! I'm really happy with them, and this picture doesn't do it justice. It looks really great!

You can order the print here.

I'll have more pictures of the prints I just got in later in the week.

best,
mike

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Fear Agent back cover PT9 - One last tweak


After some great crits from folks here on the blog, friends, and artists, I did some last minute tweaks and am handing this puppy in to the boss.

Thanks everyone!

Mike

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fear Agent back cover PT8


Still tweaking this thing. After a quick crit from my man Mighty, and Tony Moore, I decided to knock those bright pants down a bit and bring those warms into the figure to balance this out a bit.

Anyway, something tells me I'll keep fiddling with this till I hand it in.

Mike

PS - I'll be selling prints and the original painting on my art site soon. Keep and eye out.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Comic cross over! Fear Agent and Un-men!



It's a crossover event! Well, sorta anyway...

Here's the Fear Agent back cover, almost done or maybe done...not sure yet. Need to give it a break and come back with fresh eyes.




Oh, and it's Un-men Tuesday!



Mike

PS - Damn!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fear Agent back cover PT7


Still plugging away. Lost a ton of work when Photoshop crashed on me. Rookie move that put me behind a couple of hours :(

Mike

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sweet Science #6 WIP pt1


While on the train to and from New York this past weekend, I got to work on the last of the Sweet Science prints. Sill a good bit to do, but I hope to wrap the series of prints up soon.

I'll change a good bit of this before it's final.

best,
mike

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sweet Science #5 WIP

Not done with this just yet, but here's the work in progress for the next print in the Sweet Science series.

Enjoy.



Mike

Friday, February 01, 2008

Giclée Sweet Science prints now online!


I'm doing some really high end giclée prints of the Sweet Science girls. I got to go to the printers and see them making some giclée prints, and I gotta tell you they're gorgeous! These things are archival museum quality, and printed on really nice cotton rag paper. These's prints will out live me! ;)

Here's a little bit of info on the giclée process:

The Term : The term  "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.

The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

The Market : Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillmans (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.)



Anyway, they're now available through the site's store. Check it out. The prints will be strictly limited to a run of 100 per piece, and shipped signed and flat.

Best,
mike

PS - I'm still working on the last two prints in this series, so keep an eye out for that.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sweet Science #4


I *think* this is done... I think...I may tinker with it before I put it to bed.

Which reminds me, I'll be offering the Sweet Science girls as a series of archival giclée prints in the next couple of weeks. So, keep an eye out for that! ;)

best,
Mike

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!! Monsters, Un-men and more!





It's a new year, and all new art to be made!

The big news here is that Project Monster-a-Day is complete!!! I can't believe it! It was a rough road, doing the monsters as well as my normal work load....but it was worth. I had a ton of fun, and I'm planning a collection of all the mosters into a book as well as a big full color print/poster of all the color sundays. Check back for more news on that, or sign up for my newsletter

Monster-a-Day

I'm adding a new weekly feature to the site. Keep and eye out for that.

Ok, so this is a big month for The Un-men. We have issue 8 of the series, as well as the first trade up for pre-order. This is a big deal because orders on the trade can really go a long way in keeping the series alive. So, make sure your local shop is aware of the series and don't be shy about asking them to carry it!

Here's the solicitation info on the books:

UN-MEN VOL. 1: GET YOUR FREAK ON TP
Written by John Whalen
Art by Mike Hawthorne
Cover by Tomer Hanuka
“Uniquely entertaining…wholly original…a fantastically dark world. I was sucked into it from the moment I opened the first issue.” — Ain’tItCoolNews.com
Breakout writer John Whalen and Eisner-nominated artist Mike Hawthorne (THE EXTERMINATORS, Queen and Country) bring chilling new life to THE UN-MEN — the former SWAMP THING adversaries created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson — in this volume collecting the first five issues of the new series that explores what it means to be a freak in a society filled with gawkers.
After a sideshow attraction called “The Gill-Boy” is murdered, an albino agent known as Kilcrop is dispatched by the government to solve the case. To uncover the truth, Kilcrop must infiltrate Aberrance, where society’s most misshapen outcasts find their own kind of freedom.
Advance-solicited; on sale April 9 • 128 pg, FC, $9.99 US
MATURE READERS


THE UN-MEN #8
Written by John Whalen
Art by Mike Hawthorne
Cover by Tomer Hanuka
Part 2 of “Children of Paradox.” Inkabod reveals the source of his skin-crawling condition and his tale has Cranius a little too interested. Could this strange affliction be somehow linked to the origin of the Un-Men themselves? Possibly, but Kilcrop and Niko have stranger things to deal with.
On sale March 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS,

You can pre-order the trade at any comic shop, as well as any online and brick and morter book stores. They are available through all major chain bookstores but I say support your local comic shops and book stores if you can.

Oh, and just in case you missed it I also got to do an interview with John Siuntres of Word Balloon fame. Go ahead and give it a listen, as we cover everything from the Un-men to Hysteria. Also, check out the interview I did with Robert Murray at Silverbulletcomicbooks.com.

Word Balloon

Silverbulletcomicbooks.com

Mike

PS - You can still get signed copies of the Un-men at these fine shops

In Philly? - Get copies of the Un-men signed by me and series writer John Whalen
Brave New Worlds
In New York? - Get copies of the Un-men signed by me, John Whalen, and series cover artist Tomer Hanuka
Midtown Comics
In Central PA? - Get copies of the Un-men signed by me
Comix Connection

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007


Just in case this weekend is as all out crazy as I think it's going to be, I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Merry Christmas. Hope you all have a great one, and get to spend time with family and friends.

best,
Mike

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hysteria Vol. 0, Ch. 1 cover WIP


Got a chance to spend a little time working on this cover. I want to stick with a two color palette, in this case black and orange. Far from done, of course. The text is just a holder for now, and the space up top is for the title. Just thought I'd share where I'm at so far.

Oh, and I spelled "volume" incorrectly. Sorry, it's been a long week...

Best,
Mike

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sweet Science, Hysteria Vol. 1 Ch. 1 wrap up

Hey all,

Been hard at work on Un-men #7 as well as other side projects. During my signing tour to Philly and NY I was able to work on the Sweet Science while on the train. Here's some more works in progress. If all goes well, I may be done with this print series by Early Dec.




Also, the first chapter of Hysteria Vol. 0 has wrapped up online. Been working on a "cover" for the chapter, for something cool I have planned for the series. Here's the pencils for that.



Read the Hysteria webcomic here

More soon!

best,
Mike

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sweet Science #4 WIP pt1


Still plugging away at the Sweet Science prints anytime I have a few minutes. Here's where I am now. As always, this may change a good bit. before I'm all done.

Mike