Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sexy Fairytale

I created this for the J.Scott Campbell contest over at sketchoholic. I debated with myself quite a bit as to whether I should paint this or stick with a comic book style. I did try for an hour or so to paint it and it was turning out pretty horrible. Another one finished around 3 am or so.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Secret Santa

I painted this for a coworker of mine for secret santa. We have always joked about me making something unlike all the cute stuff I've been practicing lately. it is.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


The topic for this contest was flight. I named this one "flight buddies" however. I remember I actually made this between the hours of 11pm and 4am. It was the first piece completed on my new Cintiq now that I think about it. The engine was a pain but I was happy with how the perspective overall worked out. I also painted this in passes much like how I would render out passes in 3D and composite in After Effects. For me it works better this way when there is complex lighting problems to solve.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tonal Topic Entries

HornsAlien Bug

Guilty Pet
Most often when I'm starting a painting I tend to lockup on how to treat color. For me it's easier to handle form when working tonally-without color. Until I feel satisfied with rendering forms I may work more in black and white. Hopefully soon I'll make the big jump to working with color straight away. I'm looking for tips. sidebar: I think I might be colorblind.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Morning Sketch Guy

Random warm up doodle which I liked. I used a value strip which worked out pretty nice for free flowing tonal work.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Grab bag o topic entries


Zombie Puppy

Pilot Creature

Worst Job


I've been toying with a few rendering techniques lately and I'm not really sold on either of them. Perhaps that's just due to very little patience...or lack of skill. Most likely lack of skill. :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Series

Topic was Pointy Teeth

Long Nose


In the spirit of Halloween I created this series. Each one was an entry into the daily contests over at I really liked this dark style. I would say this style comes very natural to me. Dark, twisted, scary...yup...that's me.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hi my name is Mike and I have a sketching problem...

Topic was Fungus Creature
Zombie Kitten
Crying creature

Some more recent work for the daily marathons. I may not win... but I sure try to submit everyday to keep up the chiutensity!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Zombie Penguin!

A recent sketchoholic entry. This time for a series on zombie cute animals. I chose to emulate a 50's horror movie theme. My crappy painting skills actually fit this style quite well... Next up: Bunnies. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Space Fisherman

I ran across this sketch tonight and I found it rather cute. Someday when I'm less busy I'd like to add color.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Recent Marathon Work

My friend Syd and I have been leveling up with 1 hour speed painting sessions at sketchoholic. It has really been one of the most fulfilling art experiences I've ever had. Here are a few of the recent paintings I've done. I'm looking forward to how much we will grow in the coming months.

Friday, September 10, 2010


I used to draw this guy a lot when I was in high school. This is the Violator from the Spawn comic book. Todd McFarlane the creater is probably the #1 reason I draw today...ever since Spiderman #16.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday night stress painting

I painted this to de-stress from a really difficult week. It helped tons and actually alleviated my headache. The concept was "Creepy Birthday Party".

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday night sketch

Testing out a few tone ideas here. Still focusing on tone and the definition of volume. Color? I think I'm still far from tackling that beast.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More tone studies

I've been trying to observe tone...everywhere. Really concentrating on bounce light and "lost edges". Painting everyday has helped tons.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

tuesday practice

Feeling a little better with tonality today. Can't wait to practice more tonight!