Name: Michael D.Shears
Specialties Penciler, inking, painter, and sculpture
Page rate for commissions pencils(55-200) backgrounds(10-25),painted art ( 150-350)and Inks (45-150)
Rate for Prints of original work depends on the scale and the medium, illustrations see above
Current affiliations freelance
Previous work Conceptual work for advertising, toy line illustration, Halloween haunts design and construction, theatre props builder(professionally) and ,creature concept artist and builder I make monsters in my garage ..lol and ,character concepts for comics(Swedish co.)…haven’t done comics professionally ..yet
Current projects toyline designs (on-going) , and a long gestating graphic novel that mixes supernatural with the superhero genre. im learning digital illustration and pursuing my career as a comic book artist and conceptual designer for stage and film.
What was your first project that made you feel like a real artist and how did you get it? The toyline and being a professional props builder was very satisfying. ive yet to fulfill my comic book dreams
What is your primary inspiration when creating art? Life..nature …science (fiction)….i draw from reality but filter it through all consuming imagination and skewed perspective.
What other artists do you use to learn technique? A very wide gambit from van gogh to simon bisley , franzetta , brom, tex,ploog , dale koewen, etc….i keep finding new sources of inspiration .
Where would you like to see yourself in five years with your art? I would love to finish my graphic novel /storyboards, work on some professional jobs as freelance comic artist ….ive always wanted to do the hulk…but ultimately doing a creator owned project under image or some other banner..
What would your dream project be? Following in the steps of todd macfarlene , mike mignola and bring my own creations to life .
Final four questions –we ask everybody
Q) When the zombies take over the world where will you be? Ive got some real estate on the moon
Q) Jedi, Ninja, vampire, were-wolf, pirate, fairy or Spartan? Werewolf for sure.
Q) What piece of art, be it in the form of music, a book, a film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die? Uhhm hardest question… but the molly hatchet self titled album with the death dealer cover by franzetta would probably accompany me to my ranch on the moon to wait out the impending zombie apocalypse ..
Q) Give one fact that most people would not believe about you? I don’t think my friends would be surprised about anything about me …maybe…I once played the drums and sang in a band.. I remember a awful drum solo and forgettin the lyrics to radar love on stage, needless to say i wasn’t very good and luckily there no footage in existence…and ill deny if you tell..lol