sketches

INKtober continues

Here's a couple more #inktober doodles (one is for my pal, Dan Santat's 40th - I'll let you guess which one that is):

Also, it's READING WEEK here! I've got a pile of school visits in the next week and a half and can't wait! Email me if you're ever interested in having me out. I have this year's informational PDF ready and waiting. AND I'm willing to travel too. Next week I'll be in Minneapolis and I'm super excited about that!

Take care!
-Mike
 

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

Scribbles and Colors

Hey.  Quick post today as I am busily prepin' for the Calgary Comic Expo this weekend!  I'm really excited as last year was just fantastic!  If you're in the area I'm booth R03.  Stop by and say "howdy" after all we will be in Calgary! So I love seeing process videos, other artists and creators at work doing their thing, painting, coloring, and so on.  So while I was re-designing a character for a picturebook I'm working on I all of a sudden decided to record myself coloring it.  Here's that video:

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Here is the final of that character:

Finally, I'll toss in this warm up sketch of chuck I did the other day.

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Take care everyone!

-Mike

It's a bird! It's a Plane...going down in flames!

I had a hankering for Superman the other day though I admit I've never been a huge fan.  Recently I saw a fan made animation and it really kindled a new appreciating for the son of Krypton.  You can see it here.   Not only is it an amazing piece of work, but it was a very refreshing look for Supes.  I think the reason I don't care much for Superman (unless Alex Ross is doing him in Kingdom Come) is that he seems TOO invincible and almost infinitely strong.  Most heroes seem to be so much stronger and tougher than they used to be, and that is probably why I have favored Batman, still an ordinary man.   This classic superman as well as the old classic cartoon makes him struggle a bit it seems, just a little bit, and I like it.  Anyway, I did this little doodle the Man of Steel and forgot to post it to my blog.  So here it is:

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I actually struggled a while with this pose.  I'm not used to really dynamic figure drawing and halfway through it I almost wimped out and took the easy route, but since this was an exercise, I worked it for a while until I got it, or more a less got it.  Still not completely happy with it.  Oh well.  So any other heroes you would like to see done?  Let me know!

Tomorrow I'll post up some work from some recent jobs I've finished.

Take care,

-Mike

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