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Medusa Skateboard by MicahJGunnell Medusa Skateboard by MicahJGunnell
This is a skate deck I painted for a gallery show in Boston called 'ComnGraf'. Its a one day event featuring over 40 comic and grafitti artists. Some of the best of comic artists in the industry will have art displayed, including Olivier Coipel, Keron Grant, Ed Mcguinnness, and Leinil Francis Yu. I'm honored to be a part of it, and humbled by the amount of talent involved! For those in the Boston area that are interested in attending its this Saturday September 27 from 7-11pm at Technical Skate Shop 230 Newbury St., Boston, MA.

As for the painting itself, its done in Oils, and its the first time I've ever painted with them. It was definitely a learning experience! I'm definitely going to use them again and I'm going to try to do better on the next try, but considering its my first shot at them, I'm not as embarrassed by my effort as I thought i'd be:) Hope you like!
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mindintomatter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
it's not bad for a first run at oils man, really
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grodzqm8 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If your not gonna say anything Constructive. DON'T SAY S#%@!
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tuplicka8785 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
freakin' awesome Micah!!!!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Mel!
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Yunosh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow nice :D
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you:)
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keiko89 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
so good :)
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:iconmicahjgunnell:
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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Gottem Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
man... this is awesome. I seriously love seeing graf work leaking into comics. You are setting some new standards for the industry. Love this piece.

FAVORITE!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Wow, thanks! Very kind of you to say that, and I really appreciate the encouraging words! I honestly can't wait to do my next oil painting...I had a lot of fun with this one.
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RunFromTheOrdinary Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
that is beautiful!
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:iconmicahjgunnell:
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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:iconrunfromtheordinary:
RunFromTheOrdinary Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
your welcome!
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VitoDGK Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
very cool.
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:iconmicahjgunnell:
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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REIGN89 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
nice piece, I wish I could go, I live in springfield, but I dont think I can get a ride to boston
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Ah that sucks! I'd love to go too, but I live in San Francisco:) Thanks for the kind words!
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REIGN89 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
NO PROB
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acosorio Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
nice looking skate board. I could see my self buying one for the studio.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Yeah, I've always thought it would be cool to have an original skate deck painting on my wall too! Not one by me of course:)
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acosorio Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
you know, that could be a good art exhange contest. things that make you go hmmm...
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faLenn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Student General Artist
Way cool man :thumbsup:
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:iconmicahjgunnell:
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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lazarusadam Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Nice Job.

Excellent work with the oils.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! They're pretty fun to work with actually.
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kirbostic Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
haha! awesome
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you:)
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geumja2 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Ill Deck man.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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WadeFurlong Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Are the images of the show going to be online, and do you have a link for the gallery?
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I don't think all of them will be, but I could be wrong. I know that Rob Stull, who's putting it on, is going to take lots of pics and put them online, so I'll put a link when that happens.
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Malengel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
WOW! :wow: That looks really GREAT!!! Your first time painting in oils, you are very talented with them! Honestly! Color choice is wonderful, there is so much depth in the picture and the skin is a dream :) Looks very natural and all together has definitly the "wow" factor :) I have the feeling that she is really enjoying posing for the visitors that will come :)
Please have my best congratulations for the possibility to show your art there!!! That is really fantastic and you deserve it very well :) I wish I could go to a visit, but it is really to far away *little bit sad*
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I honestly have a hard time looking at it now without seeing all the faults that it has, but I'm glad you like it! I realize its my first attempt, but I'm pretty critical of my work, so thats just the way I am. But yeah, I had a lot of fun doing this(not at first, but as I progressed), and I'm definitely going to do more oil painting in the future:)
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Malengel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
I am very happy to hear, that you will do more oil painting in the future :) Your frist attempt is absolutly: WOW! :wow: !!! I am sure that a lot of people will like and love it, you have captured her really very good!! But don`t be to harsh with you, self-critic is really good, but not too much :heart: I think this is really a great piece of art !!! I am really enjoying it to look at it and I hope you do too, you can be really very proud of it!!!!
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paulmaybury Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow, figures when I finally move out stuff starts happening in Boston.
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Haha...Yeah, I've never been there:)
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bredenius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
siiiick.
saw khary randolph posted a flyer about that event on his myspace. have fun man!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, Khary's gonna have a piece in the show too! He's a great artist and definitely one of the few guys in comics that I can honestly say is a good friend. I'm stoked to be sharing a gallery with him, especially since we both started out posting stuff on the Top Cow forums in the old days:)
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bredenius Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
i know right?
i was in the comic shop the other day and came across a book called "Fate of the Blade"..
by Job Yamen...aka MasterSk8. lol
i emailed him last night, havent talked to him in years!
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I bought that back way back in the day! That was Dreamwave right?
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bredenius Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
yeah it was. god how time flys eh??
i was just talking to unseung earlier tonight too...dont know if you ever talked to him or not...
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I used to always show my stuff to Joe back in the day...He always gave good crits! How is he doing? Haven't seen him in years.
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bredenius Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
he seems to be good. he never tells me about his work or shows me anything so i always have to wonder if he's even working!! lol
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kubankin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hey totally Micah!
this is something new man, i've seen some crazy art on skateboards before at skate events.
Oils are a bit tricky just because you have to wait before adding layers and mixing can be tough but i think they are fun to use!
for sure i'd love to see you stuff like this too.

By the way i just picked up Fathom issue 2 vol.3 with your cover, it looks awesome dude! you posted the pencils for that right?
I also picked up Shrugged#1 just for fun, i noticed you do that little part of hair that tends not to connect to the rest, found that to pretty unique.
I think i liked the bold ink outline the best about that whole style you did, felt very graffiti styled.

keep it up dood :)
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MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I was really worried when I first started painting this that it was going to turn out horrible, but as it progressed along I started to be a little more happy with it. I'm definitely gonna try to do some more paintings in the future, so hopefully I'll improve my skills. Thanks for the kind words on the Shrugged stuff and the Fathom cover! My style has gone through quite a few changes since the Shrugged stuff, but I still do have a lot of the same elements...Thanks again!
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kubankin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hey no problem man!
i think something like oils takes alot of time and lots of trial and error to get a good hang of how to use it but i wouldn't worry:)
you should totally bust out a fathom-ish deck sometime!

cheers~
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