Friday, February 05, 2016

Workshop and Demo



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGVBiU6wPXQ

You can watch some of my demo at the Willingboro Art Alliance that I did a year ago, its a great preview of the Plein Air from Photographs Workshop I am teaching next weekend at PAFA  https://www.pafa.org/courses/plein-air-painting-photographs

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Judge Parker Process


A few shots of this weeks strips in process on Judge Parker. The Neddy.Hank story continues as does a budding one with Sophie and Derek, though that one is happening mostly off screen. However Sophie did change her hairstyle---so teen rocker! The Sunday is all read for the brush, and you can see below the final inked strip.

Friday, January 01, 2016

First Painting of 2016


 This is the first painting of the New Year, done New years even in my studio where I spent the evening with my two cats with the TV off, listening to music and shutting out the world.  I have never been a fan of New Years or of the holidays in general now, so the practice of painting those days instead of all the craziness is becoming the new tradition.
 This painting entitled Christmas Day was done in my "secret spot" Christmas afternoon as the sun was quickly setting. There was such a sense of calm that day even there, just the peaceful water and a few squirrels and a skunk someplace nearby. I kept getting a whiff every once in a while as I painted. I looked around in case he was wondering my way but saw nothing but a few people walking their dogs along.
 This painting entitled Trickle Down was done from a series of pictures I shot form my previous trip to the creek. All of these were done on Arches Oil paper from a pad I got as a birthday gift. I liked painting on paper before, and did so in school many times. Its almost at times like painting with gouache as the oil sets up faster, especially with Liquin FD. It had been a while since I painted and it was really getting to me so  plan on pushing the paint a lot more in this New Year.




Sunday, December 20, 2015

Azbats Commission


Here is a recent commission re-creation of the splash page to Batman 500 alongside the original page itself.  I was super pumped to work on Batman back then, if not about having to draw Azbats. I really hated drawing that costume, mostly because I wanted to draw The Batman, not his replacement. Plus, how could he even walk across the floor without getting tangled on all those fins? But there was a lot of bad costume design going on in those days, but the good was that issue sold well over a million copies.


 
Here is a nice scan of the recreation. Its sort of strange to redo a comic piece for me and revisit my self artistically from over 20 years ago. I see things maybe I'd change now and the inking which I am still very happy with, but I suppose that's normal. I have more re-creations lined up to do, the next one is a redo of Darkhawk No. 1

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Fall Creek

                                                                 Fall Creek, 9 x 12

I finally got out to do a quick plein air over at the "Secret Spot" during this great warm-snap in December. It felt so good to get out of the home studio and feel nature's last warm breath. I also used some Arches Oil paper that I got as a birthday gift--which was the last day I actually got out and painted. This paper is great and I love the surface! This was really an exercise in warm vs cool greys with some spots of colors. Of course after a half hour in the sun went away, only to return after we packed up to leave--Mother Nature sure can be mean.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Super-Update

Its been a while since my last post as its been a super busy fall season for me. I started teaching my Illustration class again in the PAFA High School Program, this is my 5th year teaching the class and this year's class is probably the biggest I've taught so far, swelling to 40 students some weeks. That's quite a big number of students to teach, and a real workout for sure for myself as well as my two teaching assistants. The students run the gamut from the merely interested to the serious student working on portfolio pieces for their upcoming applications to various art schools. Each student is charged with coming up with a project to work on, it can be a comic, character design or an illustration of some sort. I give them help and tips for coming up with ideas and then a plan for taking the ideas from comps or thumbnails to finished work.
                                           Wood Street 12 x 16 Oil Available at Rodger LaPelle 

While that was going on I took part in the Plein Air Burlington with my crew from the PPAP and then we as a group were also asked to take part in the Old City Festival in October and painted along the festival route in Old City in Philly.


                            One of the two paintings I progress that I did along busy 3rd Street



On top of all of that I also have been keeping up on the Judge Parker strip and have pulled in a few guest inkers for the Sunday Strips.



              This Sunday was penciled by me and guest inked by my best buddy Bret Blevins

                          This Sunday was penciled by me and guest inked by Jerry Ordway

I was really excited and happy to have both Bret and Jerry help me out on some deadline gaining by pitching in on the inks on these two Sunday strips, they did an awesome job, especially having to ink form Blue Line printouts and not the original pencils due to the schedule.


On top of all of this I was also a guest speaker in  the writing class my buddy Jamar Nicholas teaches at Drexel University last Tuesday. I brought in a large selection of my comic and animation work to show the class, talked about my career and the "ins and outs" of comics and animation.



Then I did a live breakdown and layout from Dan Ingman's script, a nice young guy and aspiring writer is one of the students in the class that Jamar chose for me to work with.

I explained my thought process on adapting the script live as I worked, the difference between full script and plot and I laid out the same page in two versions and explained why I chose the shots/angles in each version and how that effected the feel and flow of the page; the need to understand how comics flow visually and that every writer needs to be able to lay out a comic page even if their drawing is terrible. You can lay out a page in a six panel grid on a single sheet of paper and that will give them an idea of how the script translates and becomes a comic page and the real estate and flow of a narrative and how the art/balloons an narrative really must share the space and work together.

A script is very abstract until it is locked down on a page--and it can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on the artists adapting them.  Time flew by and it was fun and before I knew it it was over. Next week I'll be a guest critic for the students in the PAFA Illustration program at school.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Baltimore Commissions



 Here are a bunch of recent commissions done for fans before, during and after the Baltimore Comicon. If you are interested in one contact me:mike(at)actionplanet.com