Thursday, August 11, 2022

Make your own icon fonts

 I needed a font that had symbols for the various Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the Adobe PDF symbol. Alas, I couldn't find what I needed, so I started looking for a way to make my own icon font. I found a solution in minutes, and it worked perfectly.

Here's the site:

And here's a video on how to use it.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Red Sonja - Retro Selected as Renderosity Poser Staff Pick of the Week (Feb 29 - March 6)

 HUZZAH! It's always gratifying when you put in some hard work on something and it garners recognition from your peers! Once more, an illustration I created has been selected by the Renderosity site as a "Poser Staff Pick of the Week." And, if you're counting, this is the eighth illustration to receive this honor. You can see the whole list here.

They selected my "Red Sonja - Retro" illustration, as shown below.

© 2022 Mike Mitchell
Red Sonja TM 2022 by Red Sonja LLC

The moderators of Renderosity's Poser gallery review all the submissions for the week and pick the most outstanding work posted during that time. This week they selected 6 illustrations, which includes some pretty cool work. 

The entire list can be see here:

And, once again, I didn't get any money or prizes for this honor. I just got a nice, virtual pat on the back for making something memorable.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Retro Coloring - Red Sonja Attacks

 This is an illustration for a fanzine (in other words, this is for print and the "Anthems" is the name of the feature in the magazine.). This is my first serious attempt at using the KraftTone brushes from Vintage Texture Supply Co. These are a product that emulates old-fashioned comic book coloring techniques from the 1930s through the 1980s. A very nice set of tools, which are available for Clip Studio Paint, Photoshop, Procreate and the Affinity tools.

I used my standard workflow: I rendered the figures in Poser Pro 11 using the Comic Book Preview. I then took them into CSP for clean up, inking adjustment and coloring.

Figure is a customized Victoria 4.2 wearing the cool Red Sonja cosplay costume by the inimitable Terry McG. Hair is End of Summer Hair by goldtassel and Daz Originals.

Image © 2022 Mike Mitchell
Red Sonja TM 2022 by Red Sonja LLC

Monday, December 13, 2021

MS Word – Add Chapter number to Table and Figure Captions

Once more, I found a useful tip and I'm documenting it here so I can easily find it again. This time, the tip is about adding chapter numbers to Table and Figure captions in MS Word.

Normally, a Caption is entered sequentially, like this:

Chapter 1

Table 1
Table 2
Figure 1
Table 3

Chapter 2

Figure 2
Table 4
Table 5
Figure 3

But, when using an engineering-style document with numbered chapters, sometimes you need a more formal method of numbering things:

1.0 Chapter Header

Table 1-1
Table 1-2
Figure 1-1
Table 1-3

2.0 Chapter

Figure 2-1
Table 2-1
Table 2-2
Figure 2-2

The info on how to do this is in this short-and-simple video:

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Devil Wing™ Takes Flight

 Here's a character study for a comic book character I might work with. Devil Wing™ is an anti-hero in the tradition of Vampirella or Satana. Here we catch her in a light mood as she revels in the joy of flight.

Figure is V4 with Bettie Page morphs and hair. Outfit includes the top from the Rockabilly Burlesque and the boots are custom for me by Terry McG.

Workflow is Poser Pro 11 renders with clean-up in Clip Studio Paint.

© 2021 Mike Mitchell

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Comics Flashback: When Hostess Ads Attack, pt 4

 Time to close out the month of September with my final mock ad. Fear not, my hot-headed Hostess hunks, I am working on more and will post at some point in the future.

Text folded, spindled mutilated and © 2020 by Mike Mitchell 

And here's the original:

Originally published in Action Comics #484, June 1978
© 1978 DC Comics, Inc.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Comics Flashback: When Hostess Ads Attack, pt 3

 We're back for some fast fun, with a faster flashback! Here's another poor Hostess Fruit Pie ad that I butchered for the Snicker-Snack Fanzine APA. As you can see, I definitely continue the sophisticated, urbane humor initiated in the last instalment featuring Batman and his not-so-bashful Boy Wonder. This time we find our fleet-footed Barry Allen on the move...

Butchered Text © 2020 Mike Mitchell

I've got to admit; this one is tied with my first Batman as my favorite. I just loved the interactions between the three bad guys.

And here's the original:

From Sad Sack and the Sarge #140, Dec. 1979
© 1979 DC Comics

And yes, that footnote is right. This FLASH ad appeared in a Sad Sack Comic!

Stay tooned for more sugary-sweet parodies!