Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Skeleton Kat, Squid Head, Buildings, Butterflies and Reptiles

Skeleton Kat
I was asked to do a sample for a children's book. The basic premise is a skeleton cat that likes to play the drums. Well, I went a little overboard with it. But the back and forth with the editors and art directors was really great. They had some great insights and advice. This is a progression of the ideas from first to last. There are things I like about all of them. I'm not sure if I like the 3rd or the last one best. But there are some great things going on in the first one as well.

Squid Head Shirt
I did this a while back as a t-shirt design. I really like inking with a brush, but my illustration style has veered away from it. This was an experiment.

Music Saves Building
Beachland Building
This is from an old job. I had to do some building "caricatures". I'm posting a couple of my favorites.

Butterfly Pattern
My wife requested that I design a wallet she would actually like to own. This is the result. I think the tinymeat folks are pretty busy with their new store so I haven't heard back from them about it.

Turtle & Snake Spots
I did some spots recently and these were my favorite ones.

8 comments:

Kasey Hunt said...

Good stuff Mike!!

mike said...

word. those skeleton kitty illos are rad. :)

RAWLS said...

I've been missin your work lately my friend! Great to see such an awesome posting! Amazing stuff man!

mama.laughead said...

I am looking forward to that wallet. I do love it.

jenahagen said...

Super fun! I'm diggin'

Guy Mayhem said...

Candace will never buy that wallet. She's allergic to bees. And stars. Especially stars that hang around bees.

handdrawn said...

Love the buildings Mike – really rich in colour

Dylan said...

Alright! Two Cleveland buildings!