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Mike May

Media and Illustration Services
Category:
Traditional Art (Illustration / Painting)
Book Illustration, Caricature Illustration, Cartooning/Comic Strip Illustration, Clay Sculpting, Fantasy/Sci-Fi Illustration, Greeting Card Illustration, Other Traditional Illustration, Portrait Illustration, Portrait Painting
Industries:
Media, Advertising, Publishing, Entertainment
Experience:
11 - 15 years
Location:
Champaign, Illinois  United States
Employees:
1
Work Onsite:
Yes
Description:
I respectfully thank you for taking the time to view my profile. By way of introduction, I'm currently living in Champaign, Illinois, working full-time as a video game artist, and part-time as a freelance illustrator.  My decade-long video game career has taught me so much about working with many types of digital media, and I have used that knowlege to enrich my personal and freelance work. I would love the opportunity to show you how affordable I am. My hourly rate sometimes frightens potential clients, but I work quickly, and always make sure I am delivering a quality job. I really feel I am a bargain, and at your request, could get a list of recommendations to ensure you feel the same way.

My resume is available upon request, and is mostly geared for experience and skills gained in working for the video game industry. My abilities in game creation include the following: Concept, texturing, modeling, animation, icons, menu and "HUD" (heads up display). My strengths were in concept and textures.

Much of my freelance career has been providing illustrations for Role Playing Games, like Dungeons & Dragons. Beyond that, I have completed contract work for video games, business logos, site design, caricatures, portraiture, concept art, character design, story boards, children's book illustration, gallery artwork, other media (stickers, t-shirts, mugs, etc), and many other miscellaneous works.

Drawing and painting, designing and texturing, and any other excuse I have to be creative and express myself, is something I regard as an exciting opportunity. Whoever you are, whatever you do, I would hope to hear from you, no matter how big or small your project is, so we can explore the possibilities. Often times I am able to recommend an artist, if we agree I might not be the best fit for the job. The idea here is to network and gain knowlege from experience.

When I am drawing for "myself" I tend to draw/paint either "goofy" things, or magical, mystical, and essentially all-things fantasy. I also delve into the downright creepy and nightmarish. I definitely have a soft spot for dark and moody artwork. What is perhaps odd, is my love for creating what I consider it's counterpart: whimsical cartoons.

Again, thanks so much for stopping by, and reading this description of who I am, and what I am about. Please don't hesitate to contact me for any reason. I look forward to hearing from you!
Portfolio:
  • Angel of Reassurance

    An illustration for a fun project called "Angel Quest," a card game that challenges the player to collect cards based on good deeds. In short, the pla... Read more

  • Portrait of Bethany

    A 2 hour portrait of my own daughter, Bethany. The reference was none other than a photo booth picture, where her aunt was holding her on her lap. She... Read more

  • Bannana Squash Head

    Just a goofy head painted for my own enjoyment.

  • Caricature of Russell Crowe

    Here's Maximus for you. "Are you not entertained!?" ;)

  • Caricature of James Gandolfini

    You'll remember him as Tony Soprano from HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos."

  • Ascent Uncertain

    This is an illustration I did for Tori Amos' RAINN calendar. The painting was featured on the month of December, 2005.

  • Spies

    Characters for a spy-themed issue of Dragon Magazine.

  • Season's Greetings!

    Here's Santa, accompanied by a penguin. This is character-study work for a children's book my brother Cameron wrote. I used it as a greeting card for ... Read more

  • Christmas Elves

    Fun study of some of Santa's elves, putting the final touches on a toy truck.

  • Red Dragon

    A cover painting done for Dragon Magazine.

  • Caricature of Dave Wolverton

    For me and my friend's amusement: a caricature of NY Times best-selling novelist, Dave Wolverton. Dave wasn't amused. In fact, I don't think he talked... Read more

  • Fish Dragon

    This is an attempt to conceptualize a unique species of dragon.

  • Angel of Change

    An illustration for a fun project called "Angel Quest," a card game that challenges the player to collect cards based on good deeds. In short, the pla... Read more

  • Angel of Dedication

    An illustration for a fun project called "Angel Quest," a card game that challenges the player to collect cards based on good deeds. In short, the pla... Read more

  • Faerie Girl on Branch

    One of my favorite drawings for how simple and fun she is. She's been published on t-shirts, mugs, stickers, books, and is even the logo of a cafe: "P... Read more

  • Mind Flayer

    A creepy critter who exists in the realms of Dungeons and Dragons. He was a blast to draw.

  • Stones of Power

    An illustration for White Silver Publishing; an RPG (role-playing game) book.

  • Labyrinth

    An illustration for White Silver Publishing. This was depicting a semi-natural labyrinth, where the traveler had to navigate through acres of twisted ... Read more

  • Swamp Lair

    A depiction of a dragon's lair, in the unique location of a swamp. Notice the tiny sword and helmet of a defeated warrior at the foot of the cave. Don... Read more

  • Queen of Hearts Castle

    A concept for an Alice in Wonderland virtual world.

  • Wizard Animation Studios

    A character/logo for Wizard Animation Studios.

  • Traveler

    A traveling gnome, accompanied by his trusty pack-beetle.

  • Pyramid Logo

    A sketch for a logo. Although this was ultimately turned down, it is my personal favorite version. I'd show the final logo I created, but it just does... Read more

  • Logos

    These are logos I designed for the companies "The Bite is Right," and "About Feet." The Bite is Right is a restaurant review, and About Feet is a comp... Read more

  • Woodsman

    My idea on this guy was that he had power over wood- or could coax it into growing into different shapes. That is why his weapons here are not carved,... Read more

  • Fae with Hamster Moth

    That's right- she has a little hamster-moth on her finger, while she herself is perched on another finger. A personal piece. I just love drawing fairi... Read more

  • Pixie Sticks

    This is just a sketch, but still one of my all-time favorite drawings, so I thought I would share it here. He looks flat compared to his bundle of sti... Read more

  • Master and Servant

    A girl beckons her bathing dragon-creature. Time to continue on with the journey.

  • Grinning Man

    A fun project done with inks.

  • Snowflake

    I can't recall how this guy got his name, other than it had to be a completely harmless sounding name for such a terrifying creature. One of my favori... Read more

  • Zombie Knight

    A dark project done in ink.

  • 1940's New York

    Here is a depiction of a relatively young New York. With a Zeppelin parked at the Empire State Building, and other skyscrapers under construction, thi... Read more

  • Carnivore

    A dark project done in ink.

  • Murderer

    A dark illustration done in ink. One of my all-time favorite pieces. I still regret selling the original.

  • Englishman

    This guy was done for an online painting exercise, but I liked him enough to include him here.

  • Shut In

    A violent scene painted for Dragon Magazine. Always fun when you get the chance to see a cougar fight a two-headed hell hound.

  • Texture Black Male: Face

    Example of one of my photo-based textures. Model and UV work by Paul Grimshaw.

  • Texture Black Male: Face (UV)

    Example of one of my photo-based textures. Model and UV work by Paul Grimshaw.

  • Texture Black Male: Arm & Hand

    Example of one of my photo-based textures. Model and UV work by Paul Grimshaw.

  • Texture Black Male: Arm & Hand (UV)

    Example of one of my photo-based textures. Model and UV work by Paul Grimshaw.

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Profile Data

Service Rating:
   
9.9
Views:
37,145
Bids:
2
Projects Awarded:
Skills:
Adobe Photoshop
   
10
Corel Painter
   
10
3D Studio Max
   
7
Portraiture
   
10
Caricature
   
10
Oil Painting
   
8
Watercolor
   
8
Macromedia Dream...
   
9
Traditional Sket...
   
10
Inks
   
10

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