New Ink Art!

On June 6, 2014, in Artwork, General, by Michael

Here are some illustrations I did for the “Of Gods and Heroes” RPG system!

The Sorceress, ink on paper 9×12

Braving the Western Seas, ink on paper, 9×122

The Game, Ink on paper, 9×12

Octofight!, Ink on paper, 9×12

 

Back from Midsouthcon 32

On March 25, 2014, in Conventions, by Michael

Wow what a weekend. I am still trying to recover.

This last weekend Paul and I were the artist Guests of Honor at Midsouthcon 32. This was pretty significant because Midsouthcon was the first convention we ever attended. Back in 2004, we decided to attend because artist Todd Lockwood was the GoH. We had no idea what else would happen at that show.

What happened was we had found a new home. Back then the staff welcomed the two crazy brothers who sold elf ears and painted funny pictures into the fold and they never let us out. The served free beer and as many cheese puffs that we could consume. We stumbled into the game room and a couple of guys invited us to play a weird game called Munchkin (and would later invite us to their own convention of Hypericon – thanks Todd and Darrell ). We met so many people, sold some art, and enjoyed every part of the convention.

We have not missed a year since.

Paul and I have grown in our art careers since then and our adventures take us all over the states, but when the MSC crew asked us to be Guests of Honor, we couldn’t believe it. And on the 10 year mark – its like they planned it!

We knew the weekend would be fun, but it was more than that. It was a time of sharing stories, smiles and laughs, some booze and maybe even a karaoke song or two. It was a great weekend, and even though my body is still tired, my soul has been replenished.

I want to thank everyone on the crew, you made us all feel special. Danny, Carlin thank you for heading up everything, Eric thank you for being my Lita, Kelly thanks for setting up all the great panels, Jane,Barbara and Bonnie thanks for all your help in the art show. Everyone I shared a panel with – thank you for all the stories and sharing the table with me.  Sylvia thank you for making sure Laura and I had some great food even though we are silly vegetarians.

I know I am missing so many names, but I really loved this weekend and every one of you helped make it that way.

Thanks so much,

Mike

 

New Art – The Elves of Uteria

On February 13, 2014, in Artwork, by Michael

The cover for my upcoming book, The Elves of Uteria!

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The Elves of Uteria, 24×36, oil on panel.

 

If you like it enough, you can even buy a print! The Elves of Uteria print at the Aradani storefront.

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The Painting of the Wyvere Battle

On February 4, 2014, in Artwork, by Michael

This Fall I finished this painting while taking Larry Elmore’s painting class. I took (bad cell phone) photos of it as I went along. I just wanted to share the step by step process of painting it!

 

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New Art – Wyvere Battle

On January 16, 2014, in Artwork, by Michael
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Wyvere Battle, 18×24, oil on panel.

This is the painting I finished at Larry Elmores Art class in 2013. It will be featured in my upcoming book – The Elves of Uteria! You can purchase prints at the Aradani Storefront – Wyvere Battle.

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New work, published in SCiFi Now magazine

On November 27, 2013, in Artwork, by Michael

So this Fall has been busy. Very busy. Aradani Costumes has been taking up most of my time, plus I have been working full steam on the Elves of Uteria book. Add all of our normal shows, and it has gone by in a blur.

I often tell people you have to say no to projects sometimes when you can’t fulfill them or your schedule is too full, but then again sometimes you just can’t say no. I was contacted by SciFi Now magazine in the UK and asked to do 10 D&D style ink drawings of the the worst fantasy villains. How could I say no to that?

So I worked them into my schedule and the magazine came out the 20th, so I am finally able to post them!

 

I will document my process of painting the cover here.

 

 

More to come…

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Our next adventure – Libertycon!

On June 5, 2013, in Conventions, by Michael

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So if you didn’t get enough of us at the Renaissance Festivals, we will be at Libertycon in 2 weeks! Paul and I will be special guests, which means we are on a ton of different panels for you to heckle us at.

The consuite is great at the show, the pools open 24 hours a day and the con staff is wonderful. I hope to see you there!

-mike

Oh and ps, the image on the flyer is what I painted for their badge this year!

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Art Pact – A new way to help illustrators.

On June 4, 2013, in General, by Michael

So anyone who knows me (or has spent anytime after hours at conventions listening to me), knows my strong feelings about the state of the art world. In the world of fantasy and sci fi illustration, we are often used, abused and tossed away. Now there are a group of guys who are trying to do something about it.

From Art Pact’s Facebook page:

artPACT is an organization dedicated to improving the working standards for illustrators. Check out an audio of its inception athttp://drawntoday.blogspot.com/2012/12/podcast-episode-41-illustrators-unite.html.
Description
artPACT will be an online resource for illustrators, at first focusing on the fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and comic book genres. Once up and running, the artPACT website will have information for artists of all experience levels regarding contracts, copyrights, and alternative income solutions.
Most importantly, the artPACT website will feature an anonymous ratings system for companies. Members of artPACT will be able to log on and grade companies overs a variety of criteria such as amount of pay, timeliness of pay, granting of rights, and ease of work. These will be compiled into what will be an overall score for that company. This will allow artists to see, based on a companies rating, if it is one that they want to work for or not.
So right now they are running an Indiegogo campaign to help get the site going. I have already contributed and  hope you will as well!
Click here to help fund artPact!

Click here to help fund artPact!

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Strange Portrait – Edgar Allen Poe

On May 31, 2013, in Artwork, by Michael

Edgar Allen Poe, oil on panel, 11×14, 2013.

For sale at :

Aradani Studios Gallery

I started with Lovecraft, and then was commissioned to paint Poe. I think the final in the creepy series should be Stephen King.

I loved when we got to read Poe or other creepy things growing up, it is probably the reason I am so strange as an adult.

 

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