conceptual work

New Website

So as you may have noticed things are a bit different looking around here. My old Word Press site was suffering. Countless updates and glitches along with what I now recognize as a very poorly chosen domain name (didn't really roll off the tongue) had me not only not wanting to post on it, but I was avoiding it all together.

Enough was enough. boldtmanstudios.com will still guide all my regular users here, but my new domain is simple me: mikeboldt.ca . I signed up with SquareSpace and that was that.

Over the past number of months I've been fairly busy traveling to a few different conventions and working on projects that I'm not allowed to talk about yet. My summery of SDCC and the Toronto Fan Expo was this: FUN. I'm not posting any pics up, because this post is already longer than I wanted, BUT I can tell you I will be posting more regularly again.

On that note, I'll leave you with this piece I did today. It's a concept I'm developing right now for a picture book.

Take care!

-Mike

UPDATE: Below is the process for the above image from sketch to final. Enjoy!

Illustration Friday: Swamp

It's been far to long since I've done anything for myself (or had the time) and even longer since I've participated in the wonderful practice of Illustration Friday! So very quickly, here is my piece for this weeks "Swamp"

AAAAAAAAnnnd, here is a video of the process of me creating it from start to finish!

Thanks for sticking around. I'll be updating what I've been working on for the last 4 months soon. I can't say much yet, but it's 2 picture books!!!

Take care,

-Mike

Jackalope

Hey everyone!  I was scritch scratchin' the other two mornings doing some character dev for a new idea I'm kicking around and decided to do another screen recording of the process.  Forgot to get the drawing part again.  Anyway, here's the sketch and video.  The whole thing took around 40 minutes and was done in Corel Painter 11.

And the next morning I colored it:

Here's the video process (starts off slow as I forgot to speed up the first section)

Take care!

-Mike

What on earth have I been doing?

So... right, a blog. Something that I am supposed to update once in a while, and it's been, a while.

Anywho, I have been busy, I just haven't posted anything for a while so here are some of the things I have been working on:

#1: Being a dad. My son Eli rocks! He has grown so much already and I just can't wait to see what he is going to do next.

#2: Some initial kid's Tshirt designs see here below. They were rather preliminary and rather simple artistically as I was aiming to do them in only one or two colors. I don't even know if they are cool or not. I may do some more if I feel like it, and if I suddenly get really ambitious maybe try to print/market them.



#3 is a kids book from the sample spread above. I am having a lot of fun doing this one. I hope to finish the book in the next few months and so I will continue to leave some teaser pics for it and keep you up to date on the process.

#4 was for a very good friend of mine who is starting up a software company. You can check out the teaser page here:
Launch CMS.
They have some very cool ideas for web software (and more) that are in development and I was able to do some fun icons/graphics for it. They have a super cool blog as well.

#5 Check out my younger brother Darryl's webblog. No, it's not something that I have been up to, but there are a few things he has been up to lately. He's been doodling much like me for most of his life, but in the past few years he has taken some time off and is now getting back into it as well as painting (you should see those if he would only post those!). Now he just got a wacom at Christmas and has never used digital media until now! He is super talented and will be surpasing me shortly - gives me some motivation to improve as well.


On a less related to what-I've-been-doing-lately-list, the
Legendary Anthology that I joined a while back is complete (though the blog isn't updated at the moment - Matt is a super super busy guy) and the hunt for publishers is near. Matt says that he is hoping that it will be done and printed even by this fall, maybe even for the San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC I think). He says the finished product looks great, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! I hope that I can be involved in another of these anothology type comics again in the future - though I definitely have to do my Chuck Chance as well, though at this rate it will be done when Eli graduates.

So yeah, that's what I have been up to the last few months. As again, I will try to update this thing a little more often. Thanks to those of you who have stopped by in the last few months and made comments. I really appreciate them.

Take care,

-Mike

"new" project

Hello all, this is just a short update today. Been pretty busy getting into "life" with my new son. He's so awesome!

So here is a quicky of a new project that I am starting soon. I will keep you informed as I develop it more. What do you think of it?

-Mike