Toledo artist who created paint-by-numbers pictures dies

Toledo artist who created paint-by-numbers pictures dies

God bless this man! His invention introduced me and my mom to painting. Her first set was ducks on black velvet (still in the family collection), mine was Zorro.

My last excursion into the realm of paint-by-numbers was an exhibit at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury Art Museum where Chad Hardin organized a show called HEROES AND VILLAINS: HOW MYTH MADE COMICS. Artists were asked to draw a series of panels depicting mythic characters and their evolution into modern day comic book heroes. Each panel was enlarged to 4’x6′ and printed on canvas. Chad had a professional colorist make color guides utilizing a palette that was matched to paint markers. 

Then the magic happened.

Visitors were handed the color guides and markers and invited to paint the canvases. When I attended the opening reception, most were only partially completed, but the results were stunning. Whole families would “adopt” a canvas and Mom, Dad and the kids would spend hours transforming black & white drawings into full color paintings. it was the most successful show in the museum’s history and there’s talk of taking it on the road to other museums and maybe even a comic con.

Dan Robbins deserves a big THANK YOU from everyone who wished they could paint and found a way to do it by the numbers.

Tired of telling your kids to not draw on the walls? This Utah art museum encourages it | Deseret News

Mike

KEEP THE FAITH fans of SHAMAN’S TEARS, SABLE and BAR SINISTER

For those of you who are fans of SHAMAN’S TEARS, SABLE and BAR SINISTER, please keep the faith!

This MAGGIE THE CAT Kickstarter is just the beginning of an all-encompassing “Grell Universe” that will include all your favorites – PLUS- some amazing projects you’ve never seen before.

You stuck with me and I’m sticking with you. 

Mike
Support MAGGIE THE CAT on Kickstarter.com.

Maggie The Cat stretch goal 2

UPDATE: For those of you who asked for clarification:

Once we reach our STRETCH GOAL 2, anyone who has pledged $50 or more to the MAGGIE THE CAT Kickstarter will receive the JON SABLE. FREELANCE 10 page B&W Kickstarter Exclusive Comic as a premium.

This is a new story and will be a major part of the Jon Sable lexicon.

Written and illustrated by ME.

I’ve always seen SABLE as a character best viewed in black and white — with shades of grey — and this story is the perfect venue to show fans what he always should have been.

Mike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE. NEGATIVE POST ON FB FAN PAGE

Hi, folks –

First of all, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to my MAGGIE THE CAT Kickstarter. I can’t begin to tell you how much your support means to me.

Secondly, I want to address an issue that cropped up in a recent post by a fan who compared the number of contributors to the number of followers on my Facebook fan page. I know the person who posted the original comment meant it as an expression of support, but please be assured that I understand the difference between being a follower and a supporter. Many people who enjoy my work and follow the postings here are either not inclined–or in a position–to make a financial commitment to a Kickstarter venture. That doesn’t mean I value their support and dedication one bit less.

This page is for everyone and I hope it can remain a venue for the exchange of positive ideas. Please understand that I understand and appreciate all of you and value your continued contributions to this site.

Mike

MAGGIE THE CAT KICKSTARTER – LEGION SKETCHBOOK

MAGGIE THE CAT STRETCH GOAL 5 – LEGION SKETCHBOOK

Guys-

Only 6 days into the MAGGIE THE CAT Kickstarter and we’re nearly halfway to our big Stretch Goal 5 – the Legion of Superheroes sketchbook.  I’d appreciate it if you’d pass this along to all your followers and friends.

Thanks,
Mike

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