Mike Sketch

art by me

Anonymous asked: You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.


Oh boy.

"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another. 

"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.

"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.

"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).

"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.

"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t intend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.

"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand. 

But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.

Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.

Anonymous asked: Have you ever been ask if the women you draw look similar to each other? If so how do you deal with those kinds of questions?




Ehhhh, I think yeeeah…BUT its MY personal work and I love it and I do them for me not for them.

Anyone with a proper art eyeballs can see it’s a style choice and not a limitation. When it comes to my personal work, the only one I have to answer to is me. If people enjoy that work then thats great and if not then, oh well! We are probably not meant to be! </3

Plus, like-I dunno, Frozen turned out pretty ok and that was a Disney feature film, so I’m not too worried about the drawings I make for fun. 

babs, you are a professional with tons of young artists that admire you. dont give them this piss poor excuse as advice to look up to

Hello art student, I saw your reblog and I just wanted to say that I’m sorry you think this is piss poor advice. I still stand by it, but it probably wasn’t clear so here it is written much more bluntly.

I work a full time game artist job for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, where I draw what I’m told to draw not what I want to draw. So in my precious, precious free time…I indulge myself and I draw whatever and HOWEVER I want.

I didn’t get very far right out of school because I was trying to draw what I “thought” my portfolio should be and not what I wanted to draw in my heart. ***BUT*** as soon as I stopped caring what other people thought (like people who thought all the women I draw look similar, or that it was bad that my portfolio was full of women PERIOD) and I followed my heart and drew what I wanted…I have never had more fun things happen career wise!

Doing that has gotten me lots of amazing jobs doing a wide range of things including doll designs for Hasbro, comic covers for BOOM! studios, editorial work for major newspapers, creating game art for two different companies in 3 completely different styles, features and interviews in major art magazines and websites, cosplayers dressing up based on my drawings, ect, ect.

So like I said people with “proper art eyeballs” can see its a style choice and it has not limited me from being a successful illustrator. You can’t please everyone, but you can work hard to create work you think is really rad and fun and fingers crossed you’ll get some jobs where ppl pay you for it! ;) 

OKAY — So I hope that’s some clearer advice all you young artists can handle. It might not work out for everybody but its going pretty ok for me so far! Good luck and God speed!


I was talking to some animation students recently, who were all in a tizzy about what to put into their first portfolios for Gradshow.
This was pretty much the answer I gave them. Have fun, and do what you love, not what others think you should be doing.
It’s not about the work now, it’s about the work you do next. tastes change. portfolios change. But never loose sight of who you are and what makes your artists soul happy and growing.
Babs nails it perfectly.

The Boom!Thor&#8217;s got it.

The Boom!
Thor’s got it.

 A poorly coloured Saxton Hale!
sorry! I&#8217;m still figuring out a painting technique that doesn&#8217;t explode my brain&#8230;

 A poorly coloured Saxton Hale!

sorry! I’m still figuring out a painting technique that doesn’t explode my brain…

Mr. Drax the Destroyer, being pouty, dressed in his stylish costume from his early days&#8230; when he could fly&#8230; and had cosmic energy powers&#8230;

Mr. Drax the Destroyer, being pouty, dressed in his stylish costume from his early days… when he could fly… and had cosmic energy powers…



#marvel comics #rocketraccoon gearing up for #guardiansofthegalaxy

#marvel comics #rocketraccoon gearing up for #guardiansofthegalaxy

a Starlord WIP. He&#8217;s missing his besty.I absolutely love Nova and Gaurdians of the Galaxy, so I couldn&#8217;t be more stoked for the movie. I really hope they do Nova someday too.

a Starlord WIP. He’s missing his besty.
I absolutely love Nova and Gaurdians of the Galaxy, so I couldn’t be more stoked for the movie. I really hope they do Nova someday too.