“Elephant Rock”

Not far from my elementary school in Simi Valley, California. This awesome formation, complete with an arch below the trunk, used to be on private property. On the ranch of the fabled old man Runkle no less. If he caught you on his land you would surely take a shotgun blast of salt rock in the rear end. Or so the legend goes. Now it is surrounded by houses but I left them out for old times sakes.

This one was quick at about 19 1/2 hours. Can’t wait to see a proof!

30 second time lapse below.

https://youtu.be/1SVHmhugNq8

“Hangman”

19″x 24″ pencil drawing from back in the day. Inspired by the Santa Monica mountains. This place almost really exists. I added the teeth and moved a cheek bone or two on the rocks. Oak trees, ravens and sandstone. Simi Valley all the way!

Check out the “Skull Mountain” sketch in the Portfolio for the original sketch of the rocks in the background.

I’m going to print a round of 20 of these. Full sized prints on premium grade paper, signed and numbered. All prints come with Certificate of Authenticity and a photo from my Ledger where I track all of my prints. $250 each through PayPal. Send me a massage if you are interested.

Posters available at https://www.zazzle.com/hangman_poster-228030773681580292

“War Song”

20”x 16” prints for sale now for $250 each. Only 20 will be printed. Two sold already. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a shot from my ledger where I track my prints. I use PayPal so I will need an email address for payment. Shipping in the US is included in the price. […]

20”x 16” prints for sale now for $250 each. Only 20 will be printed. Just sold print #3. 17 more left. Thanks Uly! Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a shot from my ledger where I track my prints. I use PayPal for payment. Shipping in the US is included in the price. Send me a message if you are interested and thanks for taking a look!

The 2nd Armored Division in France 1944 from a National Archive photo. Public domain. I believe I have correctly identified the piano maker as Henri Herz made in Paris.

Hand painted in Procreate on iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. 107 hours and 55 minutes of work not counting research. More than 195,000 brush strokes.

A quote from a satisfied customer: “Mike, thanks for the pic. It looks awesome. Very proud to purchase it. You always have and continue to do great work.” Thanks again Jerry, you are customer #1!

Check out the time-lapse Youtube video of the creation of “War Song”. It’s long but great to put on the tube while listening to music.

And the 30 second version link:

Posters available at https://www.zazzle.com/war_song_poster-228148365089599001?rf=238065061845800527

The Ledger

Limited Edition prints signed by the artist available. “War Song” will be limited to 20 prints at 20”x 16”. One was sold to a dude I went to Kindergarten with. How cool is that?

Keeping track of all the details takes a bit of discipline but as they say, “If it’s not written down, it never happened.” Plus I just plain old forget things sometimes. Luckily Procreate keeps track of a lot of stuff for me. 195,000+ brush strokes? Are you kidding me? Procreate even takes a video of the whole process. Might make a good screen saver. I’m also including a Certificate of Authenticity with each print. I feel very deeply that integrity is of the utmost importance. To many prints lower the value. I will never let that happen.