Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Portrait of the Artist as a Kitteh Fanatic (I)

A commission for a good friend as a thank you for her extremely generous AIDS Ride donation. I'm whittling down the list!


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pegacorn (I)

You say, "Ponies and unicorns and glitter and rainbows, please." I say, "In space. Let's do this." Commission from a former coworker, for her wee little newborn babay.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Inktober (I)

This year I tried the whole #inktober madness. I hate inking, and that's all I want to say about that. I did about half the days, and got some interesting stuff out of it. I'm @owlhenry on Insty - follow me!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

The H-Men (I)

I created this image for one of the biggest donators to my ALC Ride efforts this year. She and her husband are X-Men fans, so this is the two of them as Cyclops and Jean Grey, with their cat as the rival for her affections, Wolverine. The costumes are from the Grant Morrison era, arguably my favorite run on the comic. Thank you again, Dr. Hammer!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Radness 2015! (I)

Another round of awesome featuring me and my birthday twin. Guess the movie references...? Fourth year of this stuff - here's last year's, which has links to the other two.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Something Wicked (I)

Okay, so I decided to join the #inktober movement over on Instagram, just to really get acquainted with how much I haaaate inking stuff. It's not going all that bad, but it does help to show me how dependent I've become on Photoshop. I never draw things together, like in this piece:



I'd usually draw these witches separately, in my safe little blue pencil, then piece them together. Instead I was "bold", I "challenged myself" and drew them together. Time-consuming and way more difficult than it had any right to be. Then, because #inktober, I added a whole mess of ink:


It looks okay, I'm fine with it. I only really like the middle witch, though, so I cut her out and made a t-shirt design for my #1 fan to celebrate the #1 month:


More soon!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Godot Poster (GD)

This is my SEVENTH year designing the fall show poster for the Mira Loma Theater Company. I love this gig - some of my best graphic design work has come out of it, and I really have a deep love for theatrical poster design. There's just something about compressing a larger work into one image, keeping in mind how the venue wants to brand the show, as well as the balance between artistic and accessible. I dig it. Go see this show!

Please check out my other poster designs by clicking the "Show Posters" link to the right.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thank you, Lucia! (I)

A design for one of the kindest nurses I've met so far at my new job. She gave me a hug the other day just because she was so excited I was on the floor. It means the world to a newbie like me. Thank you, Lucia!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Philbin and Rose (I)

The ALC commissions are slowly rolling out. If you donated to my doomed AIDS Ride campaign this year, please rest assured your name's on an Excel spreadsheet and I'll be getting something to you "within the year". Promise.

A grad school friend plays a game with his daughter where he's a big clumsy monster (Philbin) and she's a cat (Rose) who teaches the monster how to be more catlike. Hijinks ensue. I designed this for her birthday as a poster, though someday I think it would make a great series. They loved it, which felt really really good.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mermaid (I)

I painted this last December for the niecelet, and finally gave it to her for her birthday. She HATED it. She didn't like that the mermaid was flying around in space, she couldn't figure that out. Also, the octopus' eyes were terrifying. I didn't mind, I enjoyed painting it. We'll try giving it to her in a few years...?



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Study Break (V)

The reigning queen of the NPP returns, pregnant with her third, in the latest from the Non-Permanent Parliament. This one's dedicated to my nursing school crew - oh my CRAP, it's good to be done with school! Click the picture to watch, and don't forget to like, comment, and share!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc_phL2WF4c&feature=youtu.be


Thursday, June 11, 2015

K is for Kittens in Kimonos! (I)

Last year it was kangaroos, the year before was krakens. This year the niecelet's fourth birthday will be celebrated with kittens in kimonos! Happy birthday, Kaiya!!



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sweet 16 Logo (GD)

This month I graduate from my Master's in Nursing program with 34 of the most exceptional people I've met to date. We dragged each other through it, and I doubt I could have done it without them. I designed this logo for our group t-shirts. Where I found the time is anyone's guess, but they're worth it.

Congratulations, Cohort 16!!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Buy Some Art - Support AIDS/LifeCycle 2015!



In 2007, I rode my bicycle with the AIDS/LifeCycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles, one of the most challenging and physically demanding things I've ever done. My knees took a beating, and the following year I tried to sign up for the Medical Team instead (I had just gotten my Wilderness EMT, y'see), but was assigned to Rest Stop 2 (see above photo). I spent four more glorious Rides with the incredible Rest Stop 2 team - you can check out our adventures in the documentary I made, accessible HERE.

I took the last two years off to attend nursing school, and this year, with school finally on the home stretch, I signed up for and was accepted to the Med Team! So from May 31 to June 6, I'll be traveling with one of the most caring, giving, inspiring groups I've ever been a part of, and I'm extremely excited to be getting back to this floating island of kindness, all in support of the fight against HIV and AIDS.

My goal is to raise $1000 before I go, and this year I'm doing things a little bit differently. I'm taking commissions for artwork, so if you've ever had an idea for something you might like me to create, now's the time. I often get requests for portraits, typically as zombies or some other kind of monster. I make holiday cards, business cards, show posters, designs for babies, I've even made a painting or two. People have asked me if I'd be willing to sell the artwork I've already created. For this cause, I would. For the right offer, I'd even make a video at your suggestion - you can be in it if you want!

Click the links above, or use the sidebar to the right to get some ideas. Then email me at mike@owlhenry.com for more information, or to make a request. We'll decide on what works (project, price, timeline), and then you'll make a donation to my ride - no money will go directly to me.

Obviously, any donation for this incredible cause - even without a commission - would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for even considering making a donation - let's beat this disease together!

Mike

Saturday, February 7, 2015

J is for Jabberwock (I)

Something of a miss on this Christmas present for a friend - I've had a few of those lately. But hey - art is subjective! I tried to incorporate elements of the classic illustration by John Tenniel, a formative work on my young mind.

Check out all the B is for Baby and other kid-related designs by clicking HERE.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Dad's Holiday Card Commission (I)

I think maybe one of the best gifts I got over the Christmastimes was how stoked my dad was for this image he commissioned for his holiday card. Check out the one I made last year, too.