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.
I said I ‘d have new work soon and it is indeed coming. I almost forgot just how long it takes to do major vis-dev portfolio pages. Haha it’s been years since my last portfolio ( man how time flies!). I remember being back in Georgia doing little paintings everyday trying to figure out what color was. Things were a lot different then. Though I had very little I had the two things I cared about about and I was happy. I was at peace. Success brought me out to L.A. where I’ve grown tremendously as an artist in every respect but the tranquility I once had is almost always out of reach. I can feel the constant anxiety of the inhabitants around me and my mind sometimes dwells on decisions I made over a year ago. I takes my full morning routine (workout, breakfast, shower, meditate) to bring me to a state that I would have considered “mediocre” in the past. Those things aside there is a lot to be fortunate for now and after the morning woes have been shrugged I’m pretty excited to produce some bomb ass material everyday. I suppose this is just growing up but I thank the universe for my gifts and vision. Without it I don’t what I’d do…. This is a quick painting of my view at the West Hollywood Library.
Oh man! It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog with anything substantial haha! Lately I’ve been transitioning myself into a freelance artist/businessman. The main thing this meant for me was becoming militant with my time management. It’s difficult for me to sit still for too long so I end up getting restless and seek distractions. In college I seemed to do everything but my work which only worked out cause I had so much time. I look back at college Greg and wonder how much more I could have done if I was as as focused as I am now but I’m also fortunate to have completed that stage in life in order to fully embrace the next one. As the months have gone by my maturity has grown to levels I didn’t think were possible and I work…all day long. 6am to 6pm before I poke my head up for social interaction. If no one bites I’ll work through the night. I don’t think this lifestyle is sustainable but I’m making huge progress on my new portfolio and upcoming animated projects. I’m excited to share a little WIP from my new batch of pieces and I can’t wait to start dropping hits again. It’s been too long!