Here are two pieces I did for the Crusaders and Haters show in Culver City last month. The theme was Superheroes and Villains in American Pop Culture. I had a lot of fun making these little guys, and am probably going to do a few more versions if I ever have the time. They're now available as prints in my Shop, and you can also check out some pictures of the show here!
I love love LOVE hummingbirds. My Grandma and great Grandma always had them around their house, and I always loved watching them. If you read up on them, you will find they live quite a tough life, and are constantly trying to stay alive. As a bird, I think they look awesome, so this all started with me wanting to paint a hummingbird, and somewhere along the way, it took a turn for the worst.
Couple recent things. I've been inspired to do some new stuff, so I pooped these things out.
Rocketbird is an old design I had that got printed at Threadless. I wanted to update it...
El Batman is an idea I've had for a bit, but I never got past sketching it out... "The famous Mexican Wrestler, El Batman. Urban Legend is that he doubled as a vigilante, cleaning up the streets of his city at night, but no proof of that has ever been found. His current whereabouts are unknown".
I wanted to do my own version of the SNES classic, Super Mario World. I've always hated the Yoshi design, but also think he's a great gameplay element. And Mario gets more family friendly by the year, so I felt it was time for some grittiness. Hope you guys dig it!
Here was my entry for Dominance War III. A bunch of guys and I from work competed, and hopefully we can place. Regardless I had a lot of fun.
Here is his story -
When Henrys parents were killed by the machines when he was 3, he was left to grow up orphaned, homeless and alone. Until one day when he found a ring made of bone. He was unsure of its purpose but figured it was nothing more than creepy decoration, and at least equal to the value of a couple good meals, so he kept it in the best place he could think of, his finger!
Shortly after, Henry started to feel extremely strong, his empty stomach felt full, his energy was endless. This increased as the days went on, until he became extremely powerful, with the agility and strength to defeat giants with ease. Henry knew it was the ring, and became extremely cautious due to its fragility, His greed took over and he quickly and crudely build a glove around his hand and arm to protect it. The weight didn’t matter as he had no problem lifting it. He didn’t even make it removable, as he wanted to make sure his ring was always safe
Soon after, Henry discovered the true source of his power, the Skullies! Curious, child like creatures that he had unknowingly summoned by wearing the ring. It spooked him at first, but eventually he got used to it, and they began to form a bond.
It wasn’t all good though, Henry began to change, he noticed half of his body starting to decay. He knew, the Skullies knew, it was the ring. He had to choose a path. Having a sense of friendship and family for the first time, Henry decided to keep the ring, regardless of its effects on his body. He knew he could remain powerful if he protected the Skullies, and the Skullies followed him wherever he went.
Henry realized that his power had to be put to use, so he joined the war to fight the machines, and avenge his parents.
When I'm not doing more serious art stuff ( haha me? serious?) I like to make little cute and creepy things. I used to sub things to Threadless, and much to my disliking, they never got printed...after years of people asking me to print some stuff up, I finally did!
You can buy my shirts and prints on Etsy (until I get www.sirmitchell.com running, which could be a while)
So to make a frustrating story short: Gamepro paid me to do a cover illustration for them. Which led to extreme excitement, since I had a subscription to it when I was a kid. What I gave them was similar to this, but more saturated, and no cigarette. What ended up on the cover was an edited image with brown skin and bright blue glowing vampire eyes. They also put it on a white background with Mario, and a bunch of other games coming out next year.
If you're super curious, here's a scan of the actual cover [ here ] Makes me upset every time I see it, but nothing I can do now except complain.
This was a cover for the Santa Fe Reporter. It was for a story about a Furry radio station in Santa Fe, and how furries cope with everyday life. If you know anything about furries, you probably know too much. It was a fun piece to do, and I like how it came out!
This is another quick thing for the RavenSoft Art Blog activity. The theme was Retro Games. I used to love Luigi, but more recently I feel that Nintendo has made him into a real whimp, so I made him a bit more badass... or something.