Mike Bilz's Comic-Con Adjacent Extravaganza!

I'm going to be Comic-Con Adjacent this year!

My Comic-Con Adjacent Extravaganza is happening next Sunday the 24th, at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego! Just across the street form the San Diego Convention Center, in the famous Gaslamp District.

Come and check out a curated collection of my original paintings and fine art prints. Including a brand new painting of Daffy Duck, and two new prints at special Comic-Con only prices!

New painting - "Socially Secure"

I'll be hanging out, signing prints, and maybe even doing a little live painting on-site from Noon to 3PM.

Can't wait to see you all there!

The Chuck Jones Gallery: 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92101

Sunday, July 24 from 12 PM to 3 PM

Don't Run, We Are Your Friends!

"Don't Run, We Are Your Friends!"

My piece for an awesome group show for Gallery1988, called "20 Years Later". Celebrating the films of 1996 like Romeo + Juliet, Space Jam, Happy Gilmore, and of course Mars Attacks!

I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to paint one of these guys, and I even managed to work in a bunch of skulls. Bonus!

Here's a little process Gif of the piece...

The show is still on display for a few more weeks, so drop in and check out the amazing work!


This is me Now!

"This is Me Now!"

I got to paint a portrait of Eugene Belcher for a Bob's Burgers gallery show at Gallery 1988! The show opens tomorrow night, and will run for just one week, so hurry up and see it while you've got the chance. It's going to be an amazing show, full of awesome artists, celebrating a truly awesome cartoon!

Plus, I'll have limited edition prints on sale! Which is awesome!

For bonus awesomeness, have a quick process gif of this painting.

I post my process more or less daily to my Instagram feed, so follow me there if you'd like to see what I'm working on now.

The Bob's Burgers celebration show opens tomorrow night at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, come by and check it out!


Thirty Years Later...

"Somewhere That's Green"

"Thirty Years Later" opens this Friday at Gallery 1988, with tons of amazing artists showing work celebrating the films of 1986. Which, as it turns out, is a crazy list of amazing films.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to pay homage to the all-time classic horror/comedy/musical "Little Shop of Horrors", or the opportunity to do a send up of "American Gothic".

Here's a little process gif of the painting, including the early sketches.

If your in the LA area this Friday, drop by and say hi, it's going to be an awesome show!


Experiments in Gravity...

I had a blast working on these pieces last year, and now I finally get to talk about them!

I'm super excited to finally unveil a new set of prints I created exclusively for Six Flags! For now these prints are only available for purchase at participating Six Flags theme parks, so start planning your trips. (I'll keep you all posted if they do eventually become available online.)

More stuff coming soon, so stay tuned. And as always, apologies for the unusually long absence, but it will almost certainly happen again.


Kraken Process...

"The Kraken Strikes!"

Here's a little process gif of my most recent piece. I took a photo a day while I was working on it, so you can see a little bit of how the piece evolves over time.

Maybe in the future I'll do one of these layer by layer and show a bit more of the actual painting process.


The Kraken Strikes!

"The Kraken Strikes!"

My latest piece for Gallery 1988 is a tribute to one of my favorite video games of all time Shining Force 2. One of the most memorable fights in the game was when your party gets ambushed by a Kraken.

This is what it looked like...

 but this is what it FELT like...

Seriously, the fight is intense. It happens fairly early in the game, but it basically represents the point where the game stops playing nice.

I always loved this fight though, partly because it was so challenging, but mostly because it was so unique. Up until this point your fighting small bands of monsters, or the occasional army, but this fight was an army of one monster. The mechanics of the game allow for this monster to be treated as 11 different units all working together to systematically dismantle your team.

Plus the design of the Kraken was just so freaking cool.

Here's a video of the battle in question in case your interested. Fair warning, the video is chock full of swears and angry yelling. Like I said, it was a hard fight.

I loved working on this piece. It was sort of a rush job, less than two weeks from first sketch to finished painting, but that really forced me to be better with my time and commit to my choices. 

I really tried to push the contrast in this piece as well, partly as a time saving measure, but mainly as an exercise in working graphically. I've had a bad habit over the years of shying away from contrast in my paintings, never really pushing things all the way to full black in the shadows and full white in the highlights, so this was a chance to do just that.

Honestly, I really like how this piece turned out. It may be one of my favorite pieces to date.

I also took daily photos of this piece while I was working on it, and I'll be posting a process gif soon.