The Next Level

Getting the chance to come out to California and intern as a sketch artist is a dream come true of mine. I get to work with talented, smart and youthful people while soaking in all there is to know about advertising for entertainment (which is the only advertising I ever wanted to know!). Though the dream aspect is amazing it only shines light on the fact this “dream” is based solely on performance and talent. A substantial amount of product is requested of me on a daily basis and like any company I’m having to diversify my supply to keep up with demand. In this case my skills in human anatomy and personal likeness is being pushed to the max. Now I see how legends like John Watkiss are born from this industry ( He even freelanced for my company before!) because it truly does take a mastery of the figure and space. Right now I’m not at an acceptable level with those skills so for the remainder of this internship I’ll be focusing more deeply on true anatomy during my off hour sessions. I have a tendency to make figure drawing that are more “emotional” than representational of form and it’s really crippling my work time performance. In the meantime I also have to make a point to do phone paintings and plein air paintings on a regular basis so I don’t lose my sense of color and light as well as produce new pieces for my own personal portfolio.Long story short, I work a lot but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are some phone paintings I did on the company rooftop as well as some figure drawings from sessions around L.A..

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Greg Mitchell, Long ways to go

From the Ville to the Valley

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I apologize for my disappearance but for the past few weeks I’ve been traveling and settling in to my new internship in L.A. at the Refinery Creative. I drove my little miata across the country from Atlanta to “Los Santos” and after 4 days I finally arrived at my new home! The transition hasn’t been easy and I find myself being homesick or more rather “personsick” more often than not but the days go on I guess. ┬áThe work I’m doing here is pretty awesome though and honestly the whole job is combination of things I’d be doing in my spare time (eating, working, fraternizing, reading books, cracking jokes and sketching in pencil). I feel pretty lucky to have gotten this opportunity and at the rate I’m going I’m not going to waste it. In the coming months I may be able to post work that I’ve done there so be on the look out but until then enjoy this phone sketch of the pool at my apartment.

 

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Greg Mitchell, Wow things can change fast….

Compositions

I’ve included a sheet full of composition studies from movies as well as a comp of my own. I made mine rather abstract but it was meant to feel like downtown L.A. or what I could remember of it in my brief visit. Also, yes that is Empire Strikes Back!!

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Greg Mitchell, Next program to learn…Excel! Finances are no joke.

Sketch Sheets 2

I did these doodles a few days ago at a coffee shop using my trusty ball point pen. One page is just mindless scribbles and the other I was doing some early development for an upcoming short film where a man’s arm is turned to machine! I know what your’e thinking “Yes, Greg we’ve seen that before,” but this time it will be different. For more organic and “animatey” something like the legendary Ryan Woodward mixed with myself. It’ll be months and months before official production starts but stay tuned folks!

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Greg Mitchell, Nothing like some morning weezy bumpn to boost your spirits

Stress Relief

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I’m alone a lot during my usual day to day in order to achieve the artistic goals that I’ve set for myself. This unfortunately means I have a ton of time to dwell within my own head which…can be a bad thing. I’m usually a rather upbeat positive person but from time to time the freelance workload combined with never ending disappointment in my own work can start to make me unhappy. Luckily I found a cure! I just start up a painting that has nothing to do with anything. No larger projects, no freelance, no cares, no worries just a painting for medicinal purposes. I like to keep these very abstract and unstructured with little to no reference so I have less to think about. This started off as some abstract elements but now it’s a city…maybe. Still needs more time I think.

 

Greg Mitchell, Yay for productive procrastination!