A book is taking shape...

Finally after all these months of painting, sketching and yes repainting I am moving forward. I have one painting left that I need to spend a little more time with but I am beginning the fun of finally seeing everything together. Now I am color correcting and tweaking illustrations. We are very close to send the book to press! I cannot wait.

My Book Joyirde is now live on Kickstarter

Kickstarter

Only Nov 25th - Dec 25th

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/644654411/share-an-epic-adventure-with-marty-and-otto-in-joy

Off we go! I am so excited and pleased to be writing this to you right now. After months of work, writing, planning and all kinds of amazing things the project is live. I am asking for funds so I can print 1,000 hardcover books 11 x 9 inches with dustjacket. I am using traditional offset printing so you can enjoy the wonderful illustrations I have painted for you.
There are other costs as well photography, scanning and proofs, ISBN, barcodes, storage and shipping the books to me for fulfillment.
To pay for this adventure I asking for your help. In return I am offering you very unique rewards that you will not find anywhere else - many of them made by me to you. Every book sold through kickstarter will be signed by Marty, Otto and myself. This project will only last 30 days
Support this project if you can. Or please forward it to some one you think would enjoy adventure.
This is project is a labor of love I am very happy that I can offer to share it with you.

Warmest wishes,

Mike

Joyride Launch in 7 days

In 7 days I will be launching my book, Marty & Otto’s "Joyride" on kickstarter.
It's the wild unforgettable adventure of two beloved aliens. This hardcover book is 40 pages beautifully illustrated by yours truly.

I am using kickstarter.com to fund the printing of the book. Please support this project by buying a copy of the book, or original artwork, or your very own Marty and Otto.

You can also purchase a copy of the book for the American Library Association to send Marty and Otto to libraries across the country.

Please share with anyone you know who loves a great adventure.
Below is a sneak peek of one of the illustrations
. I will be posting more images as we get closer to going live. 

America Series #6

Number 6

Number 6

America Series: Matchbook Robots Matchbooks are one of America's first forms of mass communication. Pocket size advertising from diners, cafeterias, cafes, restaurants, bars, lounges and more from across the U.S. Over time their popularity and the establishments they spoke for have been lost and forgotten. Matchbook show us wonderful examples of bold type, colorful illustration and history. I have created a series of robots that celebrate these vintage colorful matchcovers and the iconic robot form.  Each stand 24 inches tall. The matchbooks are collected from the 1930s to mid 1950s and protected with a matte UV finish. No two robots are alike. Each are sold as they become available. Numbered and signed. Priced at $4,200.00 USD.  Add this one of a kind sculpture to your collection for  *limited time* $3,600.00

America Series: Matchbook Robots

Matchbooks are one of America's first forms of mass communication. Pocket size advertising from diners, cafeterias, cafes, restaurants, bars, lounges and more from across the U.S. Over time their popularity and the establishments they spoke for have been lost and forgotten. Matchbook show us wonderful examples of bold type, colorful illustration and history.
I have created a series of robots that celebrate these vintage colorful matchcovers and the iconic robot form.  Each stand 24 inches tall. The matchbooks are collected from the 1930s to mid 1950s and protected with a matte UV finish. No two robots are alike. Each are sold as they become available. Numbered and signed. Priced at $4,200.00 USD.


 Add this one of a kind sculpture to
your collection for  *limited time* $3,600.00

Joyride book summer update

I am happy to say that I've got only a couple pencil drawings left. There will be 40 pages to this book and every page is illustrated. A couple weeks of color studies and then I begin the final illustrations. Each painting is 16.5" x 13" and will be mixed media. I have the entire month of August set aside to complete the final artwork.

Meantime I am working on a new video for my Kickstarter campaign.

Spectrum 3 Exhibition: Museum of American Illustration. 9/3-10/18

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Words cannot express my happiness to receive a invitation to the third Spectrum Exhibition. chosen from the last four editions it is an honor indeed. It is being held at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan September 3 through October 18. Over 150 pieces on display. For me the Society of Illustrators is Holy ground and I cannot wait to be there.

Opening reception will be held on  Friday, September 12th here at The
Museum of American Illustration.
 

Marty and Otto Exhibit: Boca Raton Downtown Regional Library.

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I am very pleased to announce that we are exhibiting Marty and Otto and Joyride at the Boca Raton Downtown Regional Library July- August.

A look into the process of creating a children's storybook with over two rooms filled with 40 sketches, thumbnails, drawings, concept art, paintings and the whimsical sculpture that inspired it all. I have also created a display showing the maquettes of Marty and Otto as well as some of the actual pages from the upcoming book. And best of all it's FREE.

http://www.bocalibrary.org/