Thanks to everyone for the many wonderful comments on my offerings. (And Peter PenÃ¢â‚¬Â¦danke sehr!:) ).
Here are my own, humble observations:
: There is so much playfulness in your linework, and good use of color to suggest mood
: nice, clean styleÃ¢â‚¬â€I really liked the boat at the end (my first bike was a CB350Ã¢â‚¬â€the little brother to the 550!)
: great sense of form, and impressive use of color on the colored paperÃ¢â‚¬â€the birds on the pilings especially show a great use of negative space
: you have a real knack for capturing the interesting moments of life. I hope someday you get a chance to travel around the world and draw what you see. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to see that! The drawings are all strong, but my favorite is the terrierÃ¢â‚¬â€beautiful rendering.
: great imaginationÃ¢â‚¬â€I love the fog monster!
: Mike, your work is simply amazing! The linework is so expressive, yet so economical. Every mark on the page is an integral part of the story, and to remove even one line would weaken the structure. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like visual poetry. It compelled me to check out your web site and blogÃ¢â‚¬â€an amazing body of work. Kudos, manÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
: Your watercolors have a very nice balance between the line and color. The result is so delicate and beautiful.
: I loved the photos and sketches. Even the photos of the sketchbook were works of art in themselves ( I really liked the last one, with the narrow field of focus). And the sketches themselves are amazing, of course.
: very nice sketches. I really like the fisherman talking to the kid. Good storytelling.
: Vern, that strong, architectural style comes through very well in these. Good contrast and tone. I really like the ferry building sketch.
: nice, loose linework. I especially like the street scenes. How did I miss the rock guy? I never saw him. Oh well, I seem to be the only one who saw the sea monster...
: yes, the color works nicely. Even when just using a single toneÃ¢â‚¬â€adds a nice tone to the foundation of the linework. Beautiful!
: great tone on thoseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I like the strong contrast. I especially like the elephant and the artist sketching it.
: the watercolors are fantastic, but the first guy in profile keeps grabbing my eyeÃ¢â‚¬â€priceless expression on his face!
: wow, an entire graphic novelÃ¢â‚¬Â¦very ambitious! But you pulled it off nicely, and it was very fun to read. Nice job!
: nice flowing linework, especially in the ink drawingsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦has a Ã¢â‚¬Å“stream of consciousnessÃ¢â‚¬