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I got chased by an AT-ST

Hey-Low everyone!  Well I've just recently returned from what is probably my last con for the year at the Toronto Fan Expo (or Fan Expo Canada).  What an amazing event!  The Fan Expo team really knocked it out of the park, in fact 99% of the people I talked to said it was way better from the year before, and it really was.  I sold all the Gophers in Farmer Burrows' Field Books that I brought, and sold OUT of my new sketchbook, The Good, the Bad and the Sketchbook Vol.2 as well as a number of my prints! This year I split an end table with my super talented friend Keith Grachow!  Keith was selling his classic monster poster prints like hotcakes all weekend long.  I was even fortunate enough to snag a Creature from the Black Lagoon print!  Go check his stuff out!

I will probably do a follow up post showing all the super awesome swag I picked up from awesomely talented artists, but here's the quick shout out to my pals Darren Rawlings, Marc Wolfe, Braden Poirier, Chris and Marv, Graham Moogk-Soulis, Caanan Grall, Justin Currie, Karly Macdonald and Meghan, and the S'up Cuz T-shirt fellas.  Was awesome.  Darren Rawlings "the Little Ninja Fact Book" has not left my side either...

I had such a great time and not only did I meet a pile of new amazing artists and fans, but I was blown away by how many people from last years con came and sought me out.  My fan's are truly incredible.  Thank you to everyone who made it such a great weekend.  Here is a brief summery in photo form:

1.  In this giant's shadow is where I spent most of my days while at the con.  Next year I'll get the dinner at the top methinks!

2.  My pal Keith running from what I can only guess is Vader about to bust through the door.

3.  AT-ST chasing me!

4.  Working on my sales pitch.  I need more grease for my hair, and some chest hair...

5.  Some of the commission sketches I did over the weekend - did my first Totoro, Final Fintasy character, Cloak and Dagger, boy as a samurai and...well pretty much the only one I've ever done before was Spidey.

6.  And of course, the amazing costumes were everywhere.  DJ Trooper, Steam Punk Buzz (with pop-out wings action!!!), and my favorite, Mario riding Yoshi.

 

Take care everyone.

-Mike

Super Genes

A family recently commissioned me to do a version of them all as supers.  It was a lot of fun creating a background for all them as well.  The father is a expert renovator, the one daughter loves Cinderella and the other Mermaids, and the mom, well, she's like all moms, super mima-commish

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I hope to be able to show you soon what I'm currently sketching, but I will say it's for a new children's book...

That's all for now.  In the meantime, those of you who are on twitter, you can now follow me @mikeboldt .  So see you around the interweb!

Good, decent and Fabulous reasons to be away!

Hello everyone.  Once again it's been a while since I last posted.  This time I actually have some good reasons, a decent reason, and a fabulous reason!  Firstly, I've been just swamped with work, some of which I hope to be able to share with you in the future - sort of the down side of top secret projects I suppose.  Secondly, I've been busy with teacher's conventions and school visits as well as a ton of admin style stuff that I have to catch up with every so often.  And finally, and most fantastically, I had a new daughter arrive a couple weeks early, but she's been a wonderful surprise! So I'll leave you with a couple pieces I recently did as it's all I have time for tonight, with the fact that I'm still swamped with work, catching up with paperwork, and trying to enjoy my new daughter!

The first is a sketch that I did for a fan of my Facebook site.  Just because he took a couple stabs at guessing what GSP stood for on my last drawing.  Giraffe Space Program for those wondering.  So the way we roll on the Boldtman studios Fan Site is giving away stuff when we can.  He asked for a couple Kung Fu Crocs and I was more than happy to oblige.

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Second up my awesome agent Jen Rofé is going to NYC to meet up with some publishers and so asked all of the artists she represents to do a self portrait for a new tearsheet.  I admit I don't do many, so I did one of myself in my usual outfit that I wear to do all my work in the office.

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I added my standard cheesy smile and nostril flair to help people recognize me.

That's it for now, more at a later date so take care!

-Mike

Commissions Commissions

Hey ho, it's that time again.  Blog post time!  Yeah. So recently I've taken on quite a few commissions for people.  Ever since I did the one of the BFFs a month ago, other people have been asking for me to characterize their kids.

First up we have a picture I'm calling Team R.  The clients wanted me to have  both of her sons in one illustration.  As per my usual practice, I ask for some background so I can try to add some of their character into their...well character.  The older son was into robots, video games, space, and science.  The younger was into, well, "Cool".  So based off that I decided they would make a nifty superhero team.  This is the final result:

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Next commission that came in saw my "movie poster" concept (above) and asked me if I could do something similar for her three kids.  Her oldest was into video games like Halo, second oldest was into skateboarding, and the youngest was into cars and princesses.  After a moment of thinking I immediately had a vision of something along the lines of spykids, mission impossible, ironman, and The 5th Element with a little Mad Max thrown in for fun.  The idea is that they are some sort of team (as well) who are just making off with some important data they just made off with.  I called it Plan B.  Here are a couple stages of my process on it:

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You can see from these stages to the final there are quite a few changes.  The front end of the car changed a lot more than three times too, and it became a night scene.  I really struggle with drawing inanimate stuff like cars and especially cities.  So although it was fun, it was tough.  Here's the final:

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I had a really good time working on these commissions.  #1, I like sci fi/superhero stuff and #2 I haven't done many pics with kids in this age range.  It was a nice change.

Well, that's all for now folks!  I have another couple things I want to share, but you'll have to wait!

Take care,

-Mike

Just an art update

Hey Ho everyone!  My blog is in need of an update and I've had some art that I've recently finished off so: Firstly, this was a sketch I did with my son a while back.  He asked for a crane with a rabbit operator.  Done I said.

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Next is a commish I recently finished and should be available in my store soon (along with some other goodies).  Was a lot of fun to do.

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Next is another recent commission.  This was for my Aunt, and the car used to be my grandma's!  I remember many rides in that HUGE automobile.  Man cars used to be massive.

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Next two are some sketches I did at a recent Book signing at a local Chapters store.  It was a lot of fun and I was drawing most of the day for kids.  One kid came and asked for the Elephant knight, so I said "sure!  Here you go Bud".  Only he had to clarify, he wasn't looking to get that drawing, he wanted another that looked exactly the same...only with a larger sword...that looked like a knife...

"Ok Sure!" I said.  Kids are hilarious.

Lastly, I have one last commission that I did for a friend's business.  She was looking for a caricature of herself, with a little hair flair, to go along with her catch phrase.  I don't do many caricatures, but I love challenges.  Jason Seiler is my current favorite caricature artist.  If he saw this I'm sure he would have more than one bucket of advise and tips for me.

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Well take care everyone.  I'm working on a couple more commissions so I hope to have them up before Christmas now haha!

-Mike