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Journal Entry: Thu May 19, 2016, 11:50 PM
It's not unusual for me to reminisce on the integral moments in my life, but the last few days I've been thinking more and more about all the different variables that have lead up to where I am today in my career. I have had many people in my life who have stuck out their necks for me, taken a chance when they didn't need to, or just lent me a helping hand when there was absolutely no benefit in it for them. They gained little if anything from helping me, whereas my life is completely changed because of their generosity. I can never repay them for what they've done, and if I'm honest, I haven't done as much as I probably should have to try. Though of course I've already thanked them in the past, I wanted to do so again here.

  My parents have always been supportive of my pursuit of art. They haven't always understood my tastes in art, or everything necessary to become the artist I am today, but they have always given me their love and support, without which the trajectory of my career, and also my life, would have been skewed.

  Michael Turner, one of the few comic book artist rock stars and founder of Aspen Comics, has sadly passed on, but a few years before then he gave me my first job in comics. Most people in the industry know who he was, and that he was a really stand-up guy. I had the utmost pleasure and honor of working with him, and the great benefit of his guidance in my career. In retrospect, I didn't always appreciate all that he did for me as much as I should have, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to thank him before he left us.

  Peter Steigerwald (Aspen Comics co-founder) gave me a place to stay on his couch when I barely had two pennies to rub together, and if not for this there is no chance I would have been able to take the job that Aspen offered me. He has also been a great friend and an inspiration as an artist and a person.

  :iconjusdog: is the man. Without him, I would not have been able to get into the animation industry. I knew him casually from a few conventions, and for whatever reason, he decided to help me get in to the industry. When I was working in comics I didn't even own a car, and the idea of someday having my own place, family, etc, was pretty far fetched. I'm now married, have a son, and two cars, all made possible by his decision to help me out. 

  :iconceeceeluvins: and her awesome husband Jon Shiring let me crash at their place much longer than they should have, and had they not, I'm not sure if I could have taken my first job opportunity in animation as I was pretty much completely broke at the time. 

:iconcreepshow314: was my first director in animation. He looked past the terrible storyboards in my "portfolio" and focused on my comic work, and decided to give me shot. He is now my supervising director, and has given me ANOTHER huge opportunity at my first directing position, which is something I never in a million years dreamed I would be doing. I am extremely grateful for the patience and encouragement he has given me throughout my animation career.

 So, that's my list! There are others out there for sure, but I don't have all day and would need it to thank all of them. My hope in posting this is that it might motivate others to thank those who have helped them in the past, and also to remind them to keep helping those that need it(and deserve it) when they have the ability to do so. I hate the term "pay it forward"(terrible movie), but that is basically the way I've personally been trying to do things. I have to say, it is one of the best feelings in the world to help someone, particularly when you remember a time when you were in their same position. So, who has helped you in your life/career? 

 

I'm a Director!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 6, 2015, 11:51 AM
Hey all,

  First off, I want to apologize for my lack of updates lately...I have been extremely busy and have not been able to sketch much. I was recently promoted at Marvel to a Director's position on Avengers Assemble and have been working really hard to learn how to do the job correctly. In addition to my responsibilities as Director, I've also been contributing some character designs which eventually will appear on the show in some iteration. Anyway, I've not given up on my sketches, and will be trying to post another set tomorrow. I appreciate all the support and comments you guys give, and it motivates me to continue providing you with the best art I possibly can! 

Commissions are open!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 12, 2015, 12:56 PM
Hey all, just thought I should let everyone know, I'll have a few weeks off from animation after this week and will be opening up my commissions list. I have a maximum of 5 spots open at this time, and I do not anticipate much free time for the foreseeable future, so if you've been wanting something from me, now is the time to get it! For those interested, please send me a private message. My rate ranges between $150-500 depending on the size, complexity, and if B&W or color. I give specific quotes based off of your request. Below are a few examples of my past commission work. Thanks!

Jubilee Commission by MicahJGunnell
Surge Commission by MicahJGunnell

Aspen Commission 2 by MicahJGunnell

Red Sonja by MicahJGunnell

Creature From the Black Lagoon by MicahJGunnell





  

Hey everyone! Sorry this is a little late this week...Been working some very crazy hours over the last few days. Anyway, I didn't want to neglect my feature, so here it is! This week I've decided to focus on environments, so here are 5 really beautiful ones by some fantastic artists who I believe deserve more attention than they've received so far on DA. Hope you enjoy, thanks for checking them out! :)

:iconghostillustrations:




:iconeytanzana:
White Crow by EytanZana



:iconr-a-i-n-a-r-t:
la citta sulla rupe by R-A-I-N-A-R-T



:icondawnpu:
Rainbow Sea by dawnpu



:iconsangvine:
exploring by sangvine
Welcome to the under 15 club! No, I'm not featuring a bunch of teenagers this week(I am featuring one however, and she is amazingly talented!). No, by under 15 I mean that all of these deviants have less than 15,000 views. That in itself is nothing special of course, but the quality of the artwork that all of them are producing is QUITE special. I seriously can't believe that more people haven't discovered them yet, but I'm sure that all of them will soon be well known in the DeviantArt community. So, without further ado, here are this week's 5 Deviants that Deserve Your Attention! Enjoy!

:iconfzn4:
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse by fzn4



:icontobitrebeljahr:
Rainy Plen Air by TobiTrebeljahr



:iconblue-shamrock:
May by blue-shamrock



:iconmcidea:
Unknown Great Sword by McIdea



:iconhenrikutvonen:
Gatekeeper by henrikutvonen
Hey all! Again, very busy, but I gotta do my feature! Also want to say thank you to all of you that responded to my poll...As the response was pretty much split, some weeks I will post only one, more finished piece, and other weeks I'll post the sketch page full of less refined sketches. I've already got a single finished piece ready for next week that I think you'll enjoy. Anyway, enough about that...Some really fantastic artists again this week...Hope you enjoy!

:iconnerd-scribbles:
RobotQuest Girl Red by Nerd-Scribbles



:iconjungahlee:
Personal project by JUNGAHLEE



:iconvablo:
Witch Hut by Vablo



:iconsnatti89:
17/30 June - Entrance by snatti89



:iconbuonaseraukulele:
Sigrid by buonaseraukulele
Hey everyone! Here's the seventh installment of my feature. I know I keep on saying it, but it's really amazing how many relatively undiscovered talents there are out there, and also how many up and coming artists out there that appear to have very bright futures. It's exciting!

Also wanted to give you all a quick update on my creator-owned project...It's progressing steadily! A few of the sketches I've been posting have been designs for various characters and locations from the book I'll be doing, but the main area of progress has been in the script for the first volume. It's taking a little longer than the writer and I thought it would, but not by much. I think we're about halfway through the first volume at this point, and we're at the point of just making a few subtle changes here and there, but the overall story is already solidly planned out. I can't wait to start drawing the layouts for it!

One more note, just wanted to say thank you to all of those that sent me birthday wishes. I think I responded to everyone individually but if I missed someone I just wanted to make sure I got out a general thank you as well :)

Anyway, so here are this week's picks. Hope you all enjoy!

:iconchenthooran:
Seyutana Castle by Chenthooran


:icondouglasbot:
Hunter by Douglasbot


:iconpaulreinwand:
Doc by PaulReinwand

:iconjoneastwood:
Strange Sunset by JonEastwood



:iconf1x-2:
Metal Colab by f1x-2


Hey all! My buddy :iconjoshuacovey: is doing a KickStarter campaign for his new book The ROAD NORTH and he needs you're help! You may also know his work from his previous book, BAAKO. I think he's a fantastic artist, and the new book looks really interesting. He's also experienced with KickStarter and knows what it takes to run a successful and professional campaign, so you can rest easy about funding his project. Hope you guys consider supporting his work! Click the link here to check it out: The ROAD NORTH KICKSTARTER
Oh you thought I forgot about this!?! Nope. Just busy as usual...Not much to say except "Behold the underappreciated awesomeness!"

:iconatackart:
Valley by atackart






:iconyakonusuke:
The Tribe by yakonusuke



:iconmoonlightorange:
Wii U Girl -  ilustration by MoonlightOrange



:icondeerandfox:
Bull berserker by DeerandFox



:iconmakkon:
09-18-2014 Puckette 3.0 Anatomy by Makkon
Hey all! Just a quick note in addition to the featured Deviants...Just wanted to say thank you all for your support, especially those who have been following me for years, but also those who recently discovered my work. I really, truly appreciate all the kind words, comments, and favorites...It means a lot and honestly it really motivates me and encourages me to post more and to make sure I bring it every time! 

  I wanted to let every know that has been paying attention to my past mentions about my creator-owned project...I am super excited to say that the script for volume 1 will be completed in the next week so, and I will be starting on actual page layouts soon after!! I can't wait to show you guys teaser images and more designs and stuff.

  Also wanted to mention one more thing about these features...They are not always going to be showcasing artists that have, say, less than 100k views. This week in particular features the first deviant with more than 100k, and it's because in my opinion, he should have far more than that considering he's been on DA for 9 years. So in other words, this feature is for deviants that I feel are not getting attention that is commensurate with the quality of their work. Sometimes that could be a a deviant with 10k views that I feel should have in the neighborhood of 60k views based on their skill and time on DA, and other times it could be an artist with 200K views that I think should have a million views! It really just depends. Anyway, just wanted to clarify that because I had received a question previously about why I featured a particular artist who was already "well-known"...Okay! Ahem...Without further ado, here are this weeks selections for my feature! Enjoy!

:iconshanyar:
alley by shanyar


:iconraps0n:
mimic by raps0n
:iconifesinachi:
Mystery Inc  The Girls  Velma  Daphne colors by ifesinachi


:iconboris-dyatlov:Amelie REPLICIDE by Boris-Dyatlov


:iconstefana-tserk:Red Agent sketch by Stefana-Tserk





  
Hey guys! Here we are on the 5th episode of my feature, and there are still plenty of talented artists that I keep finding on DA that have not gotten the exposure that their work warrants. Some really great ones again this time around... hope you all enjoy!

:iconcamarasketch:
Quetzalcoatlus by CamaraSketch



:iconradsechrist:
Skater girl by radsechrist



:iconsuperschool48:
colour by superschool48



:iconkimjacinto:
Ms.Marvel by KimJacinto



:iconbenkate:
. by benkate
Okay, so I'm a little late in my updates this week, but here are my picks for this installment of my feature, 5 Deviants that Deserve Your Attention. These guys and gals are so good it makes me question why I even try to draw! However, after I get over my initial amazement, then feelings of inferiority, I am finally inspired to get better! :) Hope you enjoy!

:iconmir-ahmad:

a man who cried after hunting by mir-ahmad


:icontim-mcburnie:

GiantHunter by tim-mcburnie



:iconleoniannalisa:

Frankenstein the end by LeoniAnnalisa



:iconfikey:

Pirate by Fikey





:iconpaulamela:

Vaellus by PaulaMela
Hey guys! So, I've been coming across some really great talent on DA lately, and many of them aren't getting as much recognition as I believe they should. It's my honor to present to you episode three of my weekly feature! Hope you enjoy!

:iconstottt:

Off Again by stottt

:iconsoffeline:

Burning Stone by Soffeline



:iconyinfaowei:

Mood board test_shii went wrong_maybe not by yinfaowei



:iconatofu:

the peruvian girl by atofu



:iconbrandonragnar:


House Of Secrets Poster by BrandonRagnar
Hey all! So, the first journal was such a success in terms of getting some much needed views for some lesser known but awesome deviants that I've decided to follow it up sooner than I originally planned! Hopefully I can continue to do this as a weekly or bi-weekly feature. We'll see! I only want to do it as long as I keep coming across great talent that has yet to be recognized. So far, there's no shortage though :) Thank you all for checking them out! Here are my choices for this episode:
:icondavidegianfelice:
Sven by DavideGianfelice
:iconstevenrussellblack:
Flower Girl by stevenrussellblack


:icontrabbold:
Satsketch 004 by Trabbold







:iconnbekkaliev:

Sense Collective by nbekkaliev


:iconjoshuacovey:

Hey all, just decided to start doing a little feature here maybe once a month or more featuring deviants that maybe don't have a ton of views, but that I believe deserve more. I'm going to choose 5 for each feature, and please feel free to PM me with others who I may not be aware of but you think that I should feature. Please choose deviants with less than 100k views as the purpose of this is to attempt to gain more exposure for deviants who are lesser known. Here are my inaugural choices:

:iconigorwolski:
zedede unused by IgorWolski

:icongusstorms:

Dusk Gang Children by GusStorms


:iconsynthezoide:

Constance Chesterton and the Cogs of Karma by synthezoide

:iconwyntonred:

Study A by WyntonRed


:iconnathandupouy:

Imani and Lord Knossos by NathanDupouy
Hey all,

  I'm sorry to say I had to cancel my plans to go to SDCC at the last minute. At the moment I'm just too busy with deadlines for multiple jobs and also for my environment design class. Sorry I won't be able to see you all there...Maybe next year!
Hey all,
 
  Just a quick note to let you know that I will be attending San Diego Comicon and I am currently accepting commission requests for pick up at the con. I currently have only 4 spots available so if you're interested in getting one, please let me know now via private message. My current rate is $350 for 12X18 single character on colored paper done in ink, marker, white pencil and colored pencil. Multi-character commissions are available upon request and I will quote you a price based on your description of what you want. You can see examples of my commission work all through my gallery. Here are a few of my favorites: Creature from the Black Lagoon Surge Dejah Thoris Red Sonja 

  Also, I will be at the Aspen Comics booth on Saturday signing books and doing sketches. Stop by and get a sketch, a signature, or just come by and chat! Hope to see you there!
Hey all! Just thought I'd write a quick note and let you all know that I'm taking a class at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena. It's Environment Design taught by the awesome James Paick , who's worked on a ton of fantastic IPs, one of my favorites being the Uncharted games. So, I'm really excited to be taking his class, and will be posting up my homework assignments every week. This first week we're doing 10 paintings, 5 of which will be Master Studies, and 5 will be of our own creation. I'm doing the studies right now, and I feel I'm learning a lot. They're all just grey scale at this point, just working on values before getting to color. Anyway, I'm really excited about showing you guys the progress I make through the next ten weeks of the course!

My Dream is for You to be My Boss.

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 17, 2014, 2:31 PM
So, as many of you know, I'm working on and off on a creator-owned property which I intend to publish both online and in book form. Recently I became aware of a new crowd-funding site call Patreon( www.patreon.com ), which I believe has the very real potential to revolutionize how artists and creators make their living, and bring the idea of being a "Patron of the Arts" to its purest form. Unlike Kickstarter and other similar crowd-funding sites, Patreon is a system in which "Patrons" give small monthly contributions to artists/projects that they want to fund, and in return they get to be a part of making projects happen that otherwise never would have a chance. There are also similar incentives that are employed as rewards for higher donations, similar to Kickstarter. I am extremely excited about this possibility, and hope to someday be able to transition from my current state of working for various companies at which I have a boss that I report to, who has his boss, who has another boss, who then has a board of directors, who have focus groups that tell them what they should fund and what they shouldn't. Patreon and other sites like it take out all the middle men and give a direct path from the audience, to the creator. I think this is brilliant, and I fully intend to try to utilize this incredible system in the future. If you'd like to listen to an interview with the founders of Patreon by the awesome Chris Oatley of Oatley Academy fame, click here: chrisoatley.com/crowdfunding-f… Thanks for reading, and supporting! I'd love to hear your thoughts on Patreon specifically, and crowd-funding in general.

Hey all,

  Just thought I should let you know the first episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that I did storyboards on just aired! Best of all, its currently up on Nickelodeon's website so you can watch it for free! I worked on the second half,(***SPOILER WARNING*** mainly the sequence where the turtles escape Shredder's lair and also the part where April, Casey and Donnie take on the worm in the sewer and it barfs on them). I worked on this episode about a year ago, so its exciting to finally have it come out. Anyway, here's a link to the show: www.nick.com/videos/clip/tmnt-… Hope you enjoy it!