Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Matter of Style(s)

I am working on an exciting project (I'll announce it in a few days), and as part of the prep for that I was asked to create some marketing materials that show off some of the line art styles I use on a frequent basis.

This is what I came up with:

© 2020 Mike Mitchell

Any thoughts on whether this is a decent representation of my figure work?

Monday, January 6, 2020

Cabin Scene - Blue (Updated) Selected Poser Staff Pick of the Week (01-06-2020)

Wow. this is a great way to start of the decade. The very first illustration I posted online at Renderosity was selected as a Poser Staff Pick of the Week.

Well, technically this is the second illustration because it's an update of an earlier version; I changed the shading on the cart to lighten it up. In fact, truth be told, I was working on the illustration to take out the cart and replace it with a stump and an ax when I got the news, so I decided to stop the updates and just leave it as is.

Well, sorta. I did fix a problem with the shadows on the cart – they were going the wrong way in the previous version.

So, here it is folks, my last take on this illustration as i move on to other things (like attacking dragons!).

© 2020 Mike Mitchell
For anyone interested, the entire list of 8 images can be found here:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Days Gone 22 - Cabin in the Woods (Blue)

One of the great things about being busy is that I've got a lot of great artwork to show for my past year. One of the not-so-great things is that I frequently neglect to post project updates.

So, yes, I've done a lot of work on Days Gone over the past year. Okay, not a lot, but some. And it's been pretty good. One thing that became apparent was that I needed to include more scenes with the dragon being wicked, so I started to create a scene showing the dragon attacking a village (or at least a farmhouse). And this is what I came up with – regarding the farmhouse in the woods, that is. As you can clearly see, the dragon is nowhere in sight.

At least not yet.

You see, as i created this scene, I kind liked how simple it was. No dragons, zombies or goblins. Just a cabin in the woods as a simple landscape. So, over the past two days, that's exactly what I created: this simple landscape in my signature blues and browns.

Fear not, fantasy fans, as I shall work on adding the dragon any day now.

© 2020 Mike Mitchell

Next Time: Another (long-overdue) update

Monday, November 25, 2019

CCN Captain Epistle Art

I'm working on a cover for the next issue of the Collectors' Club Newsletter and it features our old friend (and unofficial mascot) Captain Epistle. The previous time I illustrated him, I used the Genesis figure in Daz Studio. This time I wanted to do my work in Poser (so I could use the super cool Comic Book Preview, which generates quality line art), so naturally I went back to my old standby Michael 4 as the base figure.

Before working on the cover itself, I whipped up this simple character sketch in a classic Kirby-inspired pose. Very simple, and it did reveal a few things I need to work on:

  • The logo needs to be moved up a bit higher on his chest.
  • I'm not sure this is the right cape – it's nice, but it doesn't have some of the movement I would like (particularly at the bottom, which is why that curl to our left looks kind of straighter than it should).
  • I think the jawline needs to be more square.
Nevertheless, not bad and these changes should help me make him look better when I move him into the cover illustration itself.

This has the usual workflow: Poser Pro 11 and Manga Studio EX5.

© 2019 Mike Mitchell

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Poser Superhero Freebie List

I'm working on another Superhero image and I was having trouble finding some of the items in my Runtime, so I went hunting for some new pieces. Since I'm working with Michael 4 as my base figure, I decided to go hunt down some Freebie Items.

And that's when i remembered this Fantastic List of FREE items:

Capes, Gloves, Boots, and whole costumes can be found there.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Nite Flyte Cover selected Poser Staff Pick of the Week (10-14-2019)

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Once more I've had an illustration selected as a "Poser Staff Pick of the Week" by the fine folks over at Renderosity. This time it was for the "rejected" cover I did for Nite Flyte #4.

© 2019 Mike Mitchell

And by "rejected" I mean just that, if I had sufficient time, I would have done it differently.
I guess this just goes to show that it pays never to toss anything out! After all, I was fairly happy with it, I just didn't love it.

If you have a Renderosity account, you can view the entire list of the nine illustrations here: