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Some kind anonymous soul has gifted me a premium membership on DeviantArt.com. Thank you dear sir or madame. Whoever of wherever you may be. I take it as a call to start updating my gallery again. I've been incredibly busy and will have lots of new artwork to share, so stay tuned.

-mitch
I will be there with BettieB and I will be doing sketches. Price list is as follows:

color 9x12 $150

B&W 9x12 $100

Add $50 for an additional character.

I have a 10 slots available, and the list is open now, so email me @ mbreitweiser@mac.com to reserve a spot.

Original art and prints will also be available.

See you there!

-mitch
Recorded some video from my digital sketch session this morning. Just something I'm doing for fun as a warm-up. Thought some of you might find it interesting.

vimeo.com/21464509

-mitch
It's in your comic book stores today. For real this time. Great script by Brubaker and I managed to draw some passable art this time. This issue sets up the next Captain America arc. it's a great jumping-on point if you are a new reader, or haven't read comics in a while.
Just wanted to let everyone know that my Captain America: Patriot mini series has been collected in a soft cover edition. Support your local comic shop if you like, but it's also available on Amazon for just $10.97!

Amazon linkage: www.amazon.com/gp/product/0785…

Also, My next Cap adventure (615.1 with Ed Brubaker) will be out on March 9th!

Best,

Mitch
More dutifully honor my commitments.
Write that script.
Letter by hand.
Trust my instincts.
Make things that matter.
Share.

Hope everyone has a most excellent 2011!

-mitch
Creative capitol (ideas and the ability to implement them) is something I've been really fortunate to have in abundance. Time to spend that creative capitol on the other hand, is in short supply. I'm spending all my time on my Marvel projects and there is essentially nothing left over to devote to my other creative endeavors. I've got a dozen other ideas (including more free strips of "The Futurists") just bouncing around in my head and waiting to come out.

Don't get me wrong.  I love Marvel and I love that it pays my bills, but I've seriously got to find a way to speed up my work so I can do more writing and drawing on personal projects.  

The way I look at it, there are very few people in the world who are lucky enough to have the means to bring new creative properties to life. It takes millions to make a movie or shoot a pilot, but making a comic book only requires time, effort, creativity, and about $50 dollars worth of supplies. Pretty amazing and liberating when you stop and think about it.

Anyways, while I'm struggling to find the time to spend my creative capitol, what are you guys doing with yours?
Imagination is a lot like a hot air balloon. Negativity is it's gravity; Industry it's fuel. But can you fly it without a tether? It's harder than it looks.
i09 just listed comic books as one the big losers at Comic-Con. Reportedly there was a lot of overheard chatter about low sales numbers.  With all the hubbub about movies, the public's shortening attention span, and rising cover prices, it really makes you wonder if comic books have a long term future.  Are my fellow creators and I on the last train of a dying art form, or are we just one bend away from uncharted territory?  

Comic books are definitely an industry that is in flux right now. My hope is that a new generation of kids will be so burnt out on the mediocre, the generic, and the manufactured that  they will rediscover a love of this hand-crafted art. Feel free to let me know your thoughts below, but as for me, I'm riding this sucker all the way to the end, and I'll be trying to make something great along the way.

cheers,

Mitch
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Mid-Century Jazz
Oh Wow!  I woke up to find Patriot 2 wallpaper by mbreitweiser was a Daily Deviation today:)  Special thanks to `archanN for suggesting this piece and to  ^vsconcepts) for featuring it.

I'm super busy right now, so It may take me while to respond to all these messages.  Have to paint another cover and do several comic pages this week.  Hope everyone has a great week!

best,

Mitch
  • Mood: Happy
Vision is to Ability, as Carrot is to Stick.

Just a reminder to all of you (and me) to keep pushing through.  Don't let the resistance or the fear keep you from the drawing table. Getting the work done is more important than making the work perfect.
  • Mood: Happy
  • Reading: War of Art
  • Watching: Quit watching TV!
  • Playing: Stop playing games, you should be drawing!
  • Drinking: Green lemonade.
Since I got my major blog post out of the way over the weekend, I just thought I would share some of the shorter thoughts from my Twitter account that led up to Saturday's post.  Feel free to discuss, dissect, and critique them below:

-Collecting "followers" is really only valuable if you are trying to give them something rather than sell them something.

-My life is much more rewarding when I started finding fulfillment in making things, rather than consuming them.

-Negativity gets you nowhere...especially in the middle of recession.  (this thought I am going to expound upon a bit, but that will have to be a post for a later date)

- I'm a 100% brush inker, but it's not because I'm some purist. I'm just too lazy to reach for a pen.

-Can't remember who I stole this from, but it definitely applies to breaking into comics: "Don't try to be different, just try to be good"

-re-evaluating the last 5 years; my biggest regret is being too selfish with my time. Giving & sharing more with people is my new maxim.

-Drawing under pressure is so much more fun and productive! Open-ended projects have really been zapping my productivity potential.

Also, I've started a Formspring account.  If you are not familiar with Formspring, it is a site that allows anyone to ask anything and have those questions answered and preserved in a public forum.  

My formspring can be found her: www.formspring.me/mbreitweiser

Also, my twitter account: twitter.com/mbreitweiser

I'm really looking forward to writing about and discussing more topics with all of you.

Lastly, and certainly not least.  RIP Al Williamson.  He made the most beautiful lines in all of the 20th century.  He was a titan and will be missed.

Best,

Mitch Breitweiser
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: TED talks
  • Reading: Linchpin, Flow, Cognitive Surplus
  • Watching: Burn your TVs!
  • Playing: Sell your consoles!
  • Drinking: Beet juice
A couple months back, those of you that follow me on Twitter (mbreitweiser), may have noticed that I was selling off my xbox.  While not that big of a deal, it was really part of a large scale overhaul and re-evaluation of how I live and work.  The exodus of the Xbox, was quickly followed by that of the Wii, and even our HDTV plasma, along with a few other underused distractions in our  now TV-less and Console-less household.  

My career was at a tipping point, really.  I was struggling with even doing 3 penciled and inked pages every week, and frankly, Marvel was growing increasingly frustrated with my output, and so was I. I was tired of being handed open-ended projects, because I couldn't be trusted to ship on time.  At the end of my 31st year of life, I felt that if I didn't imediatly get serious about being and artist, and a leader in the art community, then my opportunity would be blown forever.  That would amount to a lot of wasted years building a career that I could be proud of just to see it all slip away.

Most of my productivity issues stemmed from distraction, and distraction stemmed from fear.  Sometimes fear of failure, sometimes fear of success.  So the first logical conclusion  I reached was to get rid of all the distractions I went to when fear kept me from my drawing table.  In my case it was Call of Duty MW2.  The Xbox was gone within in days.  I experienced a withdrawal for a day or two, but after that it really felt as if a huge weight  had been lifted off of my shoulders.

Getting rid of the distraction wasn't the only solution, though.  I really had to change my perspetive on working.  My iPad had arrived around this time, and with the distractions gone, there was a marked uptick in my book consumption, and  I started reading "Linchpin" by Seth Godin.  

The first half of Seth's book was pretty much retreading philosophies I had formed on working creatively in and since college.  The second half of the book, however, was what really affected me.  About overcoming your fears, shipping your product, and sharing your creativity with others.  It really opened my eyes up to a new way of working.

I had been entirely too selffish with my work and my time.  I had a lot of knowledge about art, but wasn't sharing it freely enough. I had the capacity to make more art to share, and I wasn't living up to that potential.  And, most importantly, I started looking for fullfillment in creating things rather than consuming them.   

Also, on the physical side of things, my colorist and health nut wife started shifting us to a diet of more raw and vegatarian foods.  A change in my diet gave me a noticably clearer mind, so thanks babe for keeping us healthy!

A marked uptick, not only in my productivity, but also my general happiness ensued.  I started looking at my art as little gifts.  Sure Marvel pays me for them, but I'm essentially giving it to the reader to enjoy as a little  gift.  And the more I gave, the better I felt!  I quit worrying about making the art perfect and just started making the art FINISHED.

last week I did 11 pages in 7 days, then the next few days pitching in on the inking and coloring to make sure it got out on time.  I shipped.  I made the deadline. And on a major Marvel title that was waaay behind schedule.  Sure I only slept 4 hours a night, but it got done, and it felt great!  Not only did I earn the trust of my editors, but I can now trust myself.  I can ask for higher profile book with tighter deadlines, and I am confident that I can ship. On top of that I've accomplished much more.  Elizabeth and I painted and redecorated the house, I've been writing and reading TONS more, and I've found more time to connect with friends and fans.

Oh, and as a completely unexpected side benefit, I started making more money!  :)

In short, distractions are only outlets for your fear.  You can get rid of them, and just find more distractions, or you can alter your perspective towards work entirely, and find new meaning through productivity.

Anyways, those are just some thoughts I have been chewing on lately.  I would Highly reccommend reading, Linchpin.  Also, I read "A Whole New Mind" by Daniel Pink , and "Cognitive Surplus" by Clay Shirky.  All great books about how creativy and giving go hand in hand with productivity and business.

Thanks for reading!

-Mitch Breitweiser
mbreitweiser on Twitter
MitchBreitweiser.com
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Classical on Pandora
  • Reading: Linchpin, Flow, Cognitive Surplus
  • Watching: Burn your TVs!
  • Playing: Sell your consoles!
  • Eating: Pecans
  • Drinking: Beet juice
I get the following question about personal style pretty often, so when someone asked me recently,  I though I would share my thoughts everyone.

Q:  "I'm doing a research to improve my skill... how do you come up with your own drawing style?? i feel bored with my drawing style, and i see your style different from others."


A:  Style isn't something you "come up with", its an exhalation of all of the things you consume. I'm interested in fashion, architecture, design, gadgets, old movies, etc... All of those things come out in my drawings. Ultimately, style should be an entirely sub-conscious effort. My best advice is to be conscious of what you consume.  If you are attracted to a certain thing, design, style, then ask yourself "why?" you like that particular thing.  Once you understand the mechanics and psychology of design and how they affect you, then you can properly apply them to your own artwork.

Not exactly any groundbreaking secrets here, but that's how I see it.  Hope it helps.

-mitch

MITCHBREITWEISER.COM: www.mitchbreitweiser.com/Site/…
THE FUTURISTS(my webcomic): www.whoarethefuturists.com
MY TWITTER:  twitter.com/mbreitweiser
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: coast to coast am
  • Playing: Modern Warfare 2

inking live today

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 28, 2009, 1:56 PM
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: coast to coast am
  • Playing: Modern Warfare 2

livestreaming again

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 25, 2009, 12:31 PM


Putting the finishing touches on a cover painting this afternoon.

www.livestream.com/mbreitweise…

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: coast to coast am
  • Playing: Modern Warfare 2

Livestreaming today

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 24, 2009, 3:03 PM


*edit*  I'm back again for another hour or so.  see you there.

-m


I'l be livestreaming this cover painting I'm working today.  It should be on all day, so you can casually drop in and out as you please.  I can't promise spine tingling excitement, but hopefully it will be education for all of us.

here's the linkage:  www.livestream.com/mbreitweise…

-mitch

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: coast to coast am
  • Playing: Modern Warfare 2

Advice for a young artist

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 11, 2009, 5:22 PM


I recently answered some questions and gave a brief review to a young artist.  I know it would help to see the art and questions, but privacy must be respected.  Still I thought some of the info might be valuable to the community at large:

Re:  The Tao of penciling

A pencilers job is to tell the story and give a loose fluid drawing for the inker to interpret.  I see you are doing a lot of greyscale, but it doesn't really give the inker any pertinent information.  Tone and texture is usually a colorists job, though sometimes an inker handles it if he works in greyscale (which I often do).  I know I pencil digitally in tones, but I ink my own work in greyscale, and my work is the exception rather than the rule.  

Comic art is primarily a balance of strong black and whites.  It gets the information across to the reader quickly and efficiently.  The x-men page is looking a bit "whispy."  I would suggest looking at some Alex Toth art to see what  a strong and fluid use of Black and white can do for the page.

Re: portfolios

Marvel has specific guidelines for submitting work. They typically choose to scout talent at conventions or find them through work of mouth. The best thing is to find a peer group of other artists who are trying to break in. They can help share networking tools and offer advice and support. Blind requests for portfolio reviews can sometimes be off-putting, but if you participate in art forums like gutter zombie or DA, and others you will run into pros who are willing to offer advice. The best thing is to go to conventions. I went to dozens before I broke into comics and my art got better every time. You can watch artists draw and see original comic art in person, get your portfolio reviewed, and make connections with peers.

In other news.  We just got back from Europe and it was AWESOME!

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Bibio
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Playing: Peggle

Thanks!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 10, 2009, 10:55 AM


I just hit 3000 followers, and I'm just a few ticks away from 100,000 page views.  Seeing as how this is a milestone of sorts, I though it would be a great opportunity to share with everyone my appreciation.  You guys have given me a warm welcome and a great home for my artwork here on DA.  

Thank you all!  You're what continues to make DA such a great place to share.

-Mitch

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Bibio
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Playing: Peggle
  • Drinking: coffee

Deviation reported as "art theft" *updat

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 3, 2009, 2:21 PM


I just received a message from DA staff acknowledging and apologizing for the mix up.  All things considered, their response was pretty speedy.  Since the matter has been resolved, I felt it best to remove the text from this journal that addressed my grievances.

I appreciate all the responses you guys gave, and it shows that you really care about having a good online art community.

Best,

Mitch

  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Hauscka
  • Reading: my twitter stream
  • Playing: COD5