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Mike S. | Elance
 
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Mike S.

Comics and Illustration
   United States
  |   Philadelphia, PA

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $27

I am an illustrator and cartoonist with experience in comics, cartooning, posters and illustration. My work is a blend of comic and cartooning styles with various media, such as pen & ink drawing, watercolor, ink wash, and digital illustration.

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Portfolio

Painting commission of several famous authors in an old-fashioned pub. Watercolor and...
Comic that appeared in the Philadelphia City Paper's comics issue, December 1, 2011....
Illustration based on Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment.' Pen, Ink and Ink Wash on Bristol....
Poster illustration based on the book series ' A Song of Ice and Fire' and the TV...
Poster illustration based on the book series ' A Song of Ice and Fire' and the TV...
Poster illustration based on the film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011.
Logo created for Hic & Hoc Publications. Publisher: Matt Moses.
Illustration based on Akira Kurosawa's 'Rashomon.' Pen, Ink and Ink Wash on Bristol....
Illustration for City Pages, May 2010. Art Director: Nick Vlcek.
Illustration for City Pages, May 2010. Art Director: Nick Vlcek.
Pages 3 and 4 from 'The Ballad of Toby & Sara: Mix Tape.' Self published, 2008.
Drawing commission of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Pen & ink on watercolor...
Two-page comic spread from Secret Prison #5. Written by Box Brown. Editor: Ian Harker....
Cover illustration for the comic 'Dig.' Self published, 2011.
Cover illustration for the comic 'The Secret Life of RX-155.' Self published, 2012.
A cover for the first issue of a self published comic series.
Cartoon illustration for AEON Institute of Language Education, Tokyo, Japan. 2009.
Cartoon illustration for AEON Institute of Language Education, Tokyo, Japan. 2009.
Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper, 2011.
Selection of storyboards from the short film 'Good Morning Beautiful.' Writer/director:...
Selection of storyboards from the short film 'Good Morning Beautiful.' Writer/director:...
Selection of storyboards from the short film 'Good Morning Beautiful.' Writer/director:...
Selection of storyboards from the short film 'Good Morning Beautiful.' Writer/director:...
Illustration made for the MCAD Library Book Sale. Clockwise from left: Jane Austen,...
A series of logos for the independent record label Holy Smoke Recordings, based out of...

Skills (4)

Tested
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Comics/Cartooning
Adobe Illustrator

Service Description

I am an illustrator and cartoonist with experience in comics, cartooning, posters and illustration. My work is a blend of comic and cartooning styles with various media, such as pen & ink drawing, watercolor, ink wash, and digital illustration.

My illustration work has appeared in City Pages (Minneapolis, Minnesota), the Philadelphia City Paper, and the comic anthologies Suspect Device and Secret Prison. I have created cartoon illustrations for the AEON Institute of Language Education in Tokyo, Japan, logo icons for the An Sionnach literary journal for the Creighton University Press, and poster illustration for the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission.

I begin an illustration by first determining with the client what the final medium and output for the image will be, as well as the size and content of the final image. I create a series of thumbnail images to give the client a variety of compositions to choose from, and from these a final drawing is created. In most cases, a pen & ink drawing will be created from the drawing, and then either wet media is added (such as ink wash or watercolor), or the drawing is scanned for the addition of digital color.

During this process, I strive to have regular communication with the client to ensure that the illustration is meeting their needs and standards. I find that it is best to be on the same page early on to minimize problems towards the end of the process.

Turn around times are usually from a few days to a couple of...

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Employment

City Pages
Illustrator
2010 - 2010
Created 3 illustrations for the article 'The Bad Boys of Metro Transit.' Art director: Nick Vlcek, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Todd Cobery
Storyboard Artist
2009 - 2009
Created storyboards for the short film 'Good Morning Beautiful.' Writer/Director: Todd Cobery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
AEON Institute of Language Education
Illustrator
2009 - 2009
Created 20 cartoon illustrations for AEON's '20 Points for Conversation, Book 7.' The illustrations were first made as rough drawings and upon approval were finished as pen & ink drawings. Word...
Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission
Illustrator
2006 - 2006
Created 4 poster designs for the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, a local branch of AmeriCorps. The aim of the posters was to recruit people with disabilities for volunteer opportunities.
An Sionnach Literary Journal
Icon Designer
2005 - 2005
Created 3 distinct fox icons to be used in the logo and throughout the journal in the first and subsequent issues. Editor: David Gardiner, Creighton University Press, Omaha, Nebraska.

Education

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Master of Fine Arts-Comics and Illustration
2006 - 2008
Creighton University
Bachelor of Fine Arts-Printmaking
1998 - 2002

Keywords

comics
illustration
storyboards
logos
posters
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