Monday, March 31, 2014

Mikey's Marvel comics flashback:Power Man and Iron Fist!

Looking through the back issue bin again at SoCal Comics in San Diego I picked up some copies of Power Man and Iron Fist that I had been missing out on!  Love spotting great artist like Larry Hama, Frank Miller, Denys Cowan, Ernie Chan peppered throughout the series.
Definitely in my top 3 Marvel titles of all times!
Mikey>( ' - ' )<

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Turtle Power

A tip of the hat to the old Mirage Studio T.M.N.T. days.
The originals, carved out of gristle and bone ; and presented by frenetic slashes of ink and duo-tone on the printed page.

Replaced by a sleek, effeminate model. An amalgam of Life Time Network movies and the Archie comic series.
Pour some out for the homies.
Turtle Power,
Mikey>( - _ - )<

Monday, March 24, 2014

A quick sketch for a still Monday Post!

Still one of my favorite team-ups, Power Man and Iron Fist!  I updated them a little from their seventies street attire to matching track jackets.  See the finished look next Monday and stay tuned for Matt's Wed. post!

Best ,
Mikey>( ' - ' )<

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Go ahead, make my Millennium!"

If you haven't heard of The Galaxy Rangers, and you like 80's scifi, you need to check it out!
Its a kind of Wild West meets Flash Gordon adventure animation.  Not only does this show have one of the coolest openings, they even modeled one of the Rangers (Goose) off of Clint Eastwood.

This is my tribute, "Dirty" Harry Callahan style!  You feelin' lucky, punk?


Tools:  PAINTER 11

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mikey's redo- Guardians of the Galaxy:Rocket Raccoon

So as promised my take on Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy!
I gave him a backpack with little retractable rockets instead of the 70's style foot pads he wore.  The theory being if they jets were to extend past his center area he could avoid igniting his tail on fire when he takes off!
Mikey>( ^ - ^ )<

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cracker Jack Timing

Well, MY timing was a little off in delivering Wednesday's update.  But then again, I'm not Jack Burton.   One of my ALL TIME favorite flicks, from one of my ALL TIME favorite directors. 
John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!   Luv how Kurt Russell delivers his lines with a John Wayne drawl.   And of course, Wang Chi doing all the heavy lifting in the fight scenes!
Great film!

Tools:  Painter 11


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Update Delay

FYI, Wednesday update is running a little behind.   So check back tomorrow for a little 80's flashback of one of our favorite films!   See you tomorrow!


Monday, March 10, 2014


Another one of my all time favorite shows as a kid.  This rag-tag group really made an impact on me.  They were, each in their own way, unique but still tough guys thru and thru. 
And despite their differences, they were still good friends who were always there for each other. 
Sappy?  Maybe, but how many shows opened up with machine gun bullets carving out the title into the TV screen?!     They really brought the JAZZ!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy's , Rocket Racoon :in progress

Hey Everyone, So this Wed is another behind the scenes look at the sketchbook process of developing the look of the Character to be illustrated.   I always start with a series of roughs in my sketchbook till I feel I have enough information to help me reach a final look. 

Remember nobody gets it right on the first try ,unless they are setting the bar really low.

Next Wed. the final Rocket Raccoon!

Mikey>( ' - ' )<

Monday, March 3, 2014

TRON '82

I'm a big fan of the TRON: LEGACY film and the TRON: UPRISING animated show, both!
But my favorite is still the first, 1982 film, with concept designs by one of my favorite artists, Jean "Moebius" Giraud!  
SO this caricature of Cindy Morgan is my tribute to TRON and the '80's alike!