Friday, January 30, 2009



I did this Black Canary and Green Arrow in a friend's sketchbook. I don't usually do a lot of cartoony kinda stuff, but it sure is the funnest to do.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maid of Might!


Hey all, just wanted to post my latest. I plan to have these available at the NY Comic Con so swing by and check them out!

I've been trying a lot of new stuff in these pieces and it's been a fun learning process...I have to give JJ Kirby props on helping layout the Zatanna piece I recently posted, again very different than how I normally approach things, but refreshing.

Working at the studio enables you to learn with and from the people around you...I've had the fortune of working at several great studios (Top Cow, Aspen, and of course , WildStorm). I enjoy learning from other artists...sure, I'll ocassionally get a critique that will leave me reeling now and then, but in the end I'm a better artist for it!

Lately, several of us have taken to having drawing sessions together on the weekends as well, and it's been pretty cool. There's a good energy about us...and I'm excited to see where it takes us.

Be sure to stop by artist alley and sey "Hey", it'd be great to meet you guys!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Soundwave vs. Optimus Prime


We're all getting pretty excited to hit the con in New York City next week. I've been to the city a few times in the past, but have yet to see the Statue of Liberty (same with several of the guys here), so that's definitely on our studio checklist while we're there.

In anticipation of the con, we've all been burning pencils doing drawings and getting into the groove. As one of the newer guys here, I'm trying to take what I learned from each previous con and use it at the next one. So the above drawings of Soundwave and Optimus Prime represent characters I was asked to draw semi-frequently while we were at the shows in Australia and New Zealand. As much as I like the freedom of painting digitally, I still really love shading with a pencil on paper.

If any blog readers are attending NYC, stop by our tables and say hello!


Monday, January 26, 2009

Warblade '94


Hey ya'lls, I just recently took a little vacation and went back home to Austin, Texas for a few days. While visiting my parents, I went through my old stuff and came across this 'Warblade' that I did in the 9th grade back in 94', during the Image Comics heydays.

I was mixing my 'Jim Lee' style with some 'Stephen Platt' and this is the result...I'm still fond of it 'cause I remember how long it took me and how proud I was of it. Anyhoo, I'm gonna start another 'Warblade' piece and hopefully have it up to show in the next few weeks to see how I've progressed over the years.

Untill then, hope you like.

Sunday, January 25, 2009



Here is another Mary Jane piece inspired by John Romita Sr.'s run on Spidey in the 60's, with a cartoonier take on M.J. Did I mention in older posts that I love the mans' work?!

I actually did this one for fun. I was gonna do a couple more and hopefully will be able to move them at NYCC. This is on 11x17 bristol and the medium is copic markers and india ink.

The scan is not the best, there's a lot of details and marker blends that got lost, so if anyone knows how to scan marker renderings, I am all ears!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Iron Inks


Hello everyone, hope everyone is looking forward for the weekend! I'm counting the days for the New York Comic Con myself. I've never been to New York, so I am really excited and looking forward to it. And not just for the delicious pizza everyone here keeps talking about. :)

I wanted to share this piece with y'allz because it came out totally bada$$!!! I did this piece sometime last year, I think it was right after the movie, and someone bought it a month or two ago. When I heard that the buyer was going to get Tim Townsend to ink it I was super stoked. I have always been a fan of Mr. Townsend and when i saw the final piece I was totally speechless, it just blew my mind. Tim did an incredible job and I have to say it was an honor.

Hope the buyer digs it as much as I did.

Peace Out

Thursday, January 22, 2009



Hey all, just wanted to post my latest piece, which I plan to have available at the New York Comic Con. I had a lot of fun with this one, using an old art school technique of wet on wet watercolor wash adding salt to absorb up the the value, I wanted to create a weird etheral texture for the background.

I decided to have a few really nice pre-done pieces to take with me for the show and plan to post most of them before I leave, next up....Supergirl!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"I did it thirty-five minutes ago."


Hello everyone, how's it goin? Along with all of you, I've been counting the days till 'Watchmen' premieres and as it gets closer, I'm just getting that much more 'fanboy excited,crazy'!

I just re-read the series for the tenth time and it still never ceases to amaze me how phenomenally intricate and thought out the story and art are, it's just so inspirational.

Thank you to whomever that the studios worked out a deal and the movie is coming out on time!

On my down time I decided to draw each character individually and in the end all the pieces will I finished the first one, which is the "Ozymandias' yer looking at, something occured to me that would push this little project to the next level. As you know, I ink my own work and haven't had anyone ink over me since I've been at WildStorm...I work with four of the best inkers in the industry under the same roof and decided to ask them to help me out....and here is the final product of my first collaberation, inked by the amazing Trevor Scott.

I just went over to his office and asked if he would ink this piece, I know he is a busy man and wasn't expecting anything but he graciously accepted and gave me the finished piece two days later!

Thanks again Scott, I am blown away at what you did!

I hope you guys like it too and I'll be posting the next collaboration soon...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Girls, Girls, Girls!


Hello everyone, hope everyone is gearing up for nycc. I'm really looking forward to it, because I hear it's a great show.

Anyhow, I was doing free head sketches with the purchase of a sketchbook and I did a Black Cat for someone. He liked it so much he asked me to just draw him 10 more head sketches!

I thought okay ten heads, sounds interesting. At first, I was just going to draw the heads floating around on the board, but changed it to put them in panels like a comic page to give each one it's own little personality. Much cooler than floating heads, right?

Anyhow, I think overall it came out cool enough to do one with the ladies of Marvel comics. Maybe.

Til next time, Mike.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Big Apple!


I love New York City and always look forward to going back as soon as I can. This time, we're hoping to visit the Statue of Liberty and find some good hamburger joints too. Traveling always turn into a gastronomical adventure, even just finding lunch around La Jolla.

Most of us from the blog will be heading out to New York this February 6-8 for the big New York Comic-Con and we hope to see everyone there! Artists include: Carlos D'Anda, Joel Gomez, Sandra Hope, JJ Kirby, Jim Lee, Michael Lopez, Oliver Nome, Eddie Nuñez, Livio Ramondelli, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams.

And just to get in the spirit of things, above are some Big Apple-inspired drawings, which will be available at the show. It's the first time Lopez and Nuñez will be hitting NYC, but I'll let them talk about it themselves later.

We'll be sitting in Artist's Alley all weekend long and hopefully, it won't be too cold for us folks used to 80º February days!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Too Many Comics!


There's something I never thought I'd say, but here I am with too many comics. I have stacks and stacks of comics in my office and now, they can be yours!

Just be one of the first five fans to add your name below and I'll send you a short stack of WildStorm comics for free, including one comic signed by someone from the blog. You could get GEN13 signed by Michael Lopez, CAPTAIN ATOM: ARMAGEDDON signed by Sandra Hope, THE NEW DYNAMIX signed by JJ Kirby, Eddie Nuñez and Oliver Nome or plenty more!

(Continental United States only.)


1. Realm
2. Emir
3. Matt
4. William A
5. Steel Gunn

UPDATE: That went fast, so how 'bout five more names?

6. Arvin Bautista
7. Andrew S.
8. Debasish
9. Danny
10. Ernie

Friday, January 09, 2009

Golden Apple Signing way back in the day...


Did a signing at the old Melrose Golden Apple location back in '92 when the first issue of Wildcats came out through Image. Over 2000 people showed up that day...some funny shots of the old Image crew throughout...and yeah, I should have put some more $ into my wardrobe :p

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Power Cosmic


After I did this painting, I was asked to do another Galactus and Silver Surfer as a commission. The difference this time was that this painting isn't digital, it's acrylic on canvas board.

Having just finished a previous painting of both characters, I wanted to do do something different with them to keep my interest. So I opted for more of a classic "heroic" shot of the two, to contrast it against the moody painting I just did before ( especially since I had the Surfer pretty much regretting his existence in the last one). I played around with Galactus' helmet a bit, making it a bit sharper and more alien. I also wanted to get more of the characters' classic purple and blue colors in, and be less muted by their surroundings.

Before I mailed off the actual painting, I scanned it in and played around with it in Painter. Mainly just adding a little bit of glow effects to the energy blasts.

See you guys next time!


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Black, White & Red All Over


Hey all, just wanted to post my latest attempt with the inks and washes...this here's a Deathblow piece I was workin' on for a couple of days.

I had been checking out some Dean Cornwell black and white painting studies (or maybe they were just black & white photos of his paintings) and noticed how he would use positive and negative space to move the eye and I wanted to try my hand at it.

Mr. J.J. Kirby was kind enough to bring his color magic to add the seasoning!


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Miss America


What's up everyone? Hope everybody had a good holiday. During the break I had an opportunity to finish a couple commissions and this was one of 'em, Stargirl from the JSA.

I like drawing her, it's like drawing a female Captain America. I don't know a whole lot about her but It's nice drawing unfamiliar characters, because it gives me a chance to catch up with what's going down with today's comic scene.

Until next time, Mike.

Monday, January 05, 2009

'DEATH' is the road to awe...


Hello everyone! Happy New Year's! Hope everyone's holidays and New Year's celebrations went well. Feels good to be back in the studio working after the long vacation.

Anyhoo, I kept myself busy doing pieces including this 'Death' remix that I did. As I've said in a previous post, she is one of my fave characters and to work on a Death title would be a dream project. I just reimagined her design and 'stippled' in the background, which is an art technique of doing everything in dots...which is very time consuming and takes alot of patience but is very rewarding in the end.

Hope you like ;)