Thursday, October 6, 2011

Welcome to my Imagination

I put this little video together as a preview of sorts of my portfolio. Put it together in After Effects in about two days. Good times.



More Pirates and Dinosaurs

My buddy Abel and I have begun to talk about the Pirates vs Dinosaurs script again which has made me want to do some more concept art. So here ya go. 










Monday, August 1, 2011

Aim for their heads!

My fourth quarter here at the Portfolio Center, I designed special edition packaging for the Louisville Slugger. The story behind the package is a world where baseball never existed because people spend all of their free time fending off zombies.  In this world, the bats are one of the primary zombie fighting tools in the absence of firearms.  With copywriter Tyler Pierce, we came up with a zombie related backstory that mirrors the actual origin of the Louisville Slugger. The package mimics the wall mounted cases that house fire extinguishers. "In case of zombies, break glass."


The origin story was featured on the back of the package but for my final portfolio, I wanted to illustrate the story, comic book style. Below are both my toned comp and the finished version.










Thursday, July 21, 2011

So Many Children...

My work continues on "The Old Woman and the Shoe" for the Jackson Fish Company. 



































Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Dismal Future

Here we see the time traveler's mansion is overgrown and ruled by the Morlocks. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Qingyun Tai Mountain Palace

The Time Traveler has made many friends during his travels. In this case it is the emperor of the Qingyun Tai Mountain Palace in China.   The next stop in your time travel adventure is the year 1600 to join the emperor for dinner and entertainment in his palace garden.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Time Traveler's Lair

Illustration for the day. More of my time travel theme park ride. This would be where you load the vehicle for your madcap journey through time.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Time Machine: Part Deux

Still fixing stuff up from previous quarters.  This is a new version of the time machine vehicle from my Villa Tempus theme park ride. Started at noon today. Have to do another whole illustration tomorrow. Woot. 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Weather Machine

My third quarter I had the opportunity to work with two designers on a live project for the Weather Channel. The challenge was to design a video game app for the i-Pad that in some way connected to the weather. Our idea revolved around two steampunk scientists who invent a weather controlling machine. One goes rogue and steals the machine to set out and terrorize the world. The gameplay follows the other scientist as he tracks her down while battling adverse weather conditions as well as her robotic minions. Below is a more in depth backstory that we presented to the Weather Channel.



We ended up winning the competition as well as some scholarship money.  Now that we are all about to graduate we went back to it to spruce it up and flesh it out for our portfolios.  Below are screenshots of our uber revamped version. The designers are still gonna get in there fix up the type, etc. but we're getting close.









Friday, July 1, 2011

Getting Ahead of Myself.

Finally got a good scan on my self portrait. Acrylic on a board that I actually cut the shape of my head out of. Check out the process here: http://mikeschwalm.blogspot.com/2011/03/self-portrait.html


Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Old Woman and the Shoe

I have already illustrated one children's book for the Jackson Fish Company's: A Story Before Bed website. It was called Little Brown Dog. Below is one of the illustrations done digitally.


Now I am illustrating the Old Woman and the Shoe. In this version the kids convince the old woman that they need to move to a bigger house. The story follows them as they check out the real estate in Nursery Rhyme Valley.   Below is some of my preliminary work on that one.













Friday, June 24, 2011

Space Mountain

In college, inspired by the trend of turning theme park rides into movies,  I tried to figure out how the famed Disney roller coaster Space Mountain could follow suit.  Here is what I came up with:

Innocent space colonists are captured by an evil alien race. The bad aliens are transporting the colonists to a massive asteroid (known as the Space Mountain) where they will serve as their slaves, mining for precious metals.  En route the colonists lead a revolt and take over the ship only to realize that they can't fly it.  The out of control ship careens through space and adventures ensue.

Fast forward to my Visual Storytelling class this quarter. One of the assignments was to layout, ink and color a comic spread. I used this opportunity to see how my Space Mountain movie idea would translate into a comic.











Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yosemite Adventure Game

This is a school project that I worked on with Lisa Ellerin.  They are illustrations for packaging for a children's adventure game that can be purchased in Yosemite Park. Once I have photos of the finished packaging, I will put them up here. Lisa has done a tremendous job and we actually won a 
school award for it  

This is the first version of the map that I did in one evening. This was featured on the original package.

This is the updated map after I worked on it a bunch this weekend. More depth, detail and color. 
And here is our mascot. Adventure Squirrel!