As a side project I created an animated rapper named Gmitch-EGO. He is a “normal” boy with a large menacing “Ego” character around him. I though it would be a lot of fun after working for so many rappers at Atlantic to have my own that I can do all my own artwork for. The clients that I worked with had different tastes than my own and I need an outlet sooooo. After a lot of trial and error I’ve finally come close to releasing a few songs under the EGO imprint. These past few months have been instrumental for taking a dive into music creation. I’ve experimented and made tons of beats, wrote song after song and have thrown out mounds of garbage recordings (jeesh this music thing is kinda hard haha). Anywho I’m overly excited to release my first song “Hey What’s Up” in the next few days. I’ll also be doing all the artwork for each song as well. Take a look at some of the assets I’ve created for EGO… BELOW haha.
Well after a very brief stint painting backgrounds for Broadway plays I’m now back on the market for work. I’ll be updating my portfolio rapidly these next few days with all the “Greg Mitchelly” goodness you know and love. I’ve gotten much better over the years and I’m excited to showcase what I can do artistically! I’ve spent so much time painting these past years that I really want to highlight my pencil work in this update which is what got me out to Cali in the first place. It feels good to return to the basics. It’s humbling.
Getting back to what got me out here in the first place. My pencil game! In this case it’s actually an apple pencil but whose really paying attention anyway. These new digital art tools can create stunning traditional look result these days without wasting time on all the grunt work. Constantly sharpening your pencil, smudging the graphite, accidentally damaging the paper during transport. Now with an ipad pro it’s like have a magical sheet of paper that you can truly create with. I’m a coffee shop god at this point.Masterpieces and Chai lattes all damn day hahaha. In this scene I’m going back to my old Hanging Coliseum project and giving some of the story boards I created about a year ago some love. Depending on how much time I have, you’ll be seeing a ton more pencil sketches.
It’s been quite a while between my recent blog posts. For the past few months I’ve been slammed working on a graphic novel for an up and coming rapper named Kyle over at Indie-Pop. It’s been an incredible experience so far and I’ve learned so much . One, I can accomplish what I need to in graphic novel form and I don’t have to attempt to be 10 people to make rapid animations. Two, I can “direct” graphic novels and tell long form stories in reasonable amounts of time. When I say “direct” I mean composing the shots and staging the characters as if it were all being shot on film. I’m just drawing instead of shooting which is a ton of fun for me.I’ll be an animation director one day and this is the way to practice. Also now that the layouts and ink work are practically done I can finally get back to my favorite part of visual art…Color! Wow it’s been sooooo long since I’ve used anything other than black or grey. So much life is embedded within color and I’m ecstatic to explore it more this time with a solid grasp on the other drawing principals. I just realized that I couldn’t really draw people until like now haha. This graphic novel will be done in a couple of weeks and I’ll be putting out work for my personal projects in the meantime as well as studies like I used to. Speaking of studies. Check out dem handsss!
Greg Mitchell, Just bought and Ipad Pro…GAME CHANGER
Jinkies it’s been foreveeeeeer. What have I been up to since June…welllllllll a whole lot. I’ve been working at a small music label as illustrator/ animator for their music artist. Meaning my day to day has consisted of story boarding music videos, painting album cover and now creating a full graphic novel as promotional material for local rapper. Needless to say my hands have been full at work but what’s really occupied my time is hatching my own entity “GMS Channel.” Over the past months have been pouring a ton of my free time hours into starting my own illustration/animation brand. It’s taken months longer than I anticipated and number of early failures but my next project under “GMS” is looking to be a winner. It turns out that doing fully fleshed out 2D animations by yourself is INCREDIBLY time consuming. I’m now pushing for an audio experience that is more achievable as an individual and using my illustration talents to promote the audio.
I’ve been pretty quiet lately but that’s because I’ve been cooking up something big folks. I’ve started up my own digital animation channel called “GMS Channel” which will officially be up releasing steady content mid June (I’ll post a link!). I’m literally pouring my heart and soul into every frame of this project and I’m certain people will love it. This is easily the most involved animation venture I’ve ever embarked on and I’m thrilled to be in the position to pump out some Greg Mitchell quality entertainment! I’ve loved this little blog for a long time now and I’ve been able to express myself here with no remorse but I’ll focusing my attention on my new venture from now on. I created this site to document my learning so that I and others can look at my artistic journey as reference. So maybe one day a kid that was in my shoes with big ambitions and crappy skills can know that you really can make drastic improvements if you work hard and have fun. Looking back at my growth from 2013 when I started this site is staggering. To believe that back then I actually thought I knew how to draw haha. I see why the old teachers thought I was arrogant…I WAS. Anywho here are a few more recent pieces that went in to my updated portfolio.