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Michael Mills-Winkler

illustration of Logo Design and Ink line drawing in celebration of
illustration of This clean corporate level 3-D illustration would be suitable for produce companies, food and beverage companies and restaurants. Media and programs used include Maya, Substance Painter and Photoshop.
illustration of Essentially a peace talk between two warring species.

This piece is suitable for illustrated fantasy and Sci-Fi books following the tradition of artists such as Mark Ryden and Greg Simkins.

Acrylic on board
illustration of I imagine a civilization based on magic as opposed to science, and so far advanced that wondrous beings are essentially playing mundane roles like the dinosaurs in the Flintstones.

Fantasy Sci-Fi illustration.

This piece is suitable for illustrated fantasy and Sci-Fi books following the tradition of artists such as John Howe and Greg Simkins.

Acrylic on board.
illustration of Conceptually, a hybrid creature, composed of devils and teddy bears. 

Acrylic on board.

Fantasy Surrealism illustration.

This piece is suitable for illustrated fantasy and Sci-Fi books following the tradition of artists such as Greg Simkins, Black ink with bright colors pulls attention making it ideal for book, magazine, and music album covers.
illustration of I always liked the idea that ideas can occupy an ecosystem within an artist's brain. And similar to a real ecosystem, there are predators and prey. Some ideas may die so that others can live.
Mixed media on watercolor paper.

Fantasy Surrealism illustration.

This piece, with its high contrast and edgy subject matter, is suitable for adult illustrated fantasy and Sci-Fi book covers such as Heavy Metal publications.
illustration of An idea eating other ideas. Mixed media on wood panel.

Horror Surreal illustration. Great for grabbing attention of consumers, whether it be used in book covers, music album covers or beer labels for breweries. Black ink with bright colors, in conjunction with its dark and distorted subjects, approaches Ralph Steadman and the Gonzo style while still retaining its attention to light and 3-D form.
illustration of More decorative than narrative but I do like the juxtaposition of life and death. Mixed media on paper.

Fantasy Horror Surreal Decorative illustration akin to the work of Gris Grimly and Alex Pardee. The piece uses watercolor and colored pencils combined with black ink to present a high contrast decorative object like a stained glass window. The style would be well suited for spot illustration and decorative borders for art books and graphic novels in the horror genre.
illustration of You may have seen a similar scene in some cartoons. A house or castle where it's always night. I tried to encapsulate that feeling, and add that perhaps the dark isn't as bad as it first appears, nor the light as good. Mixed media on paper.

Humorous Horror Illustration.

Suitable for the illustration of darkly humorous picture books in the line of great funny graphic artists such as Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge, and Edward Gorey.
illustration of Mixed media on paper. Cartoon Surrealism Illustration suitable for any spot art application within the theme such as beer and cider labels, band stickers, fridge magnets, and labels for e-liquid for non-tobacco vaporizers.
illustration of Dark creepy surreal illustration suitable for any book, magazine, or album cover with a punk edgy and/or dark humor sensibility. acrylic and oil on paper.
illustration of I feel the spork is slowly being forgotten as an icon, but, for me, there's a certain something in the design. A shape that is organic and curve-linear but for the stamped-out teeth. Acrylic on wood panel. Fantasy surreal illustration suitable for Fantasy book illustration with a dark edgy sensibility.
illustration of Mixed media on paper. Cartoon Surrealism Illustration suitable for any spot art application within the theme such as beer and cider labels, band stickers, fridge magnets, and labels for e-liquid for non-tobacco vaporizers. Or for use in twisted picture books with the sensibility of Roman Dirge, Jhonen Vasquez or Gris Grimly.
illustration of Little guys with handles and their handler, tending to the dark patches in my brain. Weird I know. Mixed media on paper. Surreal Fantasy illustration suitable for books and magazines.
illustration of Hepatascopy is one of the words describing a voodoo ritual by which the practitioner can supposedly divine the future by reading patterns in the splayed entrails of a freshly sacrificed animal. Mixed Media horror illustration focused on high contrast attention grabbing subject matter. Great for music album and book covers.
illustration of The idea has become a cliche, for a very good reason: good books come to life. Mixed media on board. Creepy cute illustration for darkly humorous picture books along the lines of Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly. Focuses on high contrast to stand out in a row of picture books on a store shelf.
illustration of Cat and mouse role reversal. Mixed media on paper. Creepy cute illustration for darkly humorous children's books along the lines of Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly. Focuses on high contrast to stand out in a row of picture books on a store shelf with particular attention to color.
illustration of I love Lewis Carroll, but what do you suppose
illustration of Experimental style using digital comic book techniques with watercolor texturing. Dark comic book style illustration suitable for magazines and graphic novels.
illustration of Experimental style using digital comic book techniques with watercolor texturing. Figurative Horror Surrealism. Dark comic book style illustration suitable for magazines and graphic novels.
illustration of C.G.I 3-D grenade, with Grenade's branding. Speculative Project. The Digital 3-D style is well suited for product spot-illustration with a hyper-real corporate production quality. Great for spot art in toy and video game packaging and other consumer products.
illustration of Snowboarding teddy bear. Original character. Grenade's branding. Speculative Project. The Digital 3-D style is well suited for product spot-illustration with a hyper-real corporate production quality. Great for spot art in toy and video game packaging and other consumer products. In Grenade's case: energy bars. See my website for the full package and branding in the Design Section.
illustration of Spec. Logo design and character branding for Grenade, a sportswear and energy bar company. Personal unpublished. The Digital 3-D style is well suited for product spot-illustration with a hyper-real corporate production quality. Great for spot art in toy and video game packaging and other consumer products.
illustration of Logo Design for JumpStart Inc. Unfortunately never published. Digital 2-D as 3-D. Designed for children's video games, the style is intentionally geared toward grabbing the consumer's attention on store shelves. Photoshop and Illustrator.
illustration of Logo Design for Battle Dice. Copyright Playmates Toys and Marvel Comics. Published 2005. Digital 2D. Digital 2-D as 3-D. Designed for children's board games, the style is intentionally geared toward grabbing the consumer's attention on store shelves. Photoshop and Illustrator. Marvel images used with permission.

Profile

M.J.M. Winkler is a multi-disciplinary artist in southern California. He carries diplomas in Graphic Design, Illustration and Game Art and has done art and design work for real estate, packaging, and toy & game companies in the U.S. and Asia. His art has shown in galleries across southern California, England, and Upstate New York. His style focuses on the attention-grabbing use of high contrast line work and bright color in a variety of mediums and is best described as creepy-cute surrealism. He is inspired by the work of Ralph Steadman, Tim Burton, David Christiana, and Alex Pardee. Currently he is in progress on an illustrated novel and is most interested in working more on the design and illustration of beer labels and other bottle labels for specialty breweries and e-nicotine companies, as well as book and graphic novel illustration.

Style/Techniques

Acrylic, Black & White, Cartoon, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Graphic, Lettering, Line with Color, Logo Design, Mixed Media, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Realism, Stylized, 3-D Collage, 3-D Rendering, Type Design, Watercolor, Decorative, Floral, Whimsical, CGI, Motion

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Botanical, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Comic Book, Corporate, Education, Fantasy, Licensing, Packaging, Product, Sci-Fi, Sports, Still Life, Toys & Games, Web Illustration, Agriculture, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Edgy, Environmental, Grunge, Branding