Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween Fellars!!!!

Remember the spooks, goblins and ghouls that scared the crap out of you when you were a kid? Well their back! Happy Halloween!!!!!!! Mwaaa Ha Ha Ha!

Oh yeah I have made my very first haunted house ever in my front yard. It is a gem, and was painstakingly created with pvc pipe, lots of duct tape and a whopping budget of 50 bucks. Yeahhhhhhh

So stop by my blog and take a look later today and hopefully I will even put up a movie! Have a fun one everybody!

Monday, October 29, 2007

It's been a real blessing to be able to find some fantastic printers to work with. Recently, I announced the release of a limited edition of beautifully done letterpress prints from Athenaeum Press in Salt Lake City. Today, another limited edition will be made available through BlueFlip Art in Seattle. BlueFlip does a wonderful job in every aspect of the process, from ordering to printing and shipping. I've really enjoyed working with both of these shops and hope you enjoy the products you receive from them!

BlueFlip Art
Athenaeum Press

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloweenie pic.

Happy Halloweenie

lucky # 13?

im not digin this back ground but oh well i got some process work for it up on my new process blog

Friday, October 26, 2007

Boar-ish head

I'm supposed to draw a super cartoonish boar creature later today so I started by drawing a more realistic one to wrap my brain around it...:)



The Weezer Wolf Ahhhhhhhh!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Spirit of Halloween

The Spirit of Halloween!
Gotta catch 'em all!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

One of these days, I'll get on topic. That day is not today.

Monday, October 22, 2007

a costume to die for.

don't think i'll see too many of these this year...i hope.

happy halloween everybody!

little bunny fufu- kids in costumes

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 20, 2007

new stuff up

hey fellas new stuff up over on my blog let me know what yall think.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

NEW TOPIC: Kids in Costumes

Our new I.M. assignment is "Kids in Costumes." Its the only time of year you see brown leaves when the tree is still alive, fifteen football games on one day, and kids dressed up like freddy kruger. (topic lasts 10/16 - 10/26.)

p.s. I just noticed we just pasted our 200th post!!! (about eight posts ago) yipee anyways.


Here's another never used pre-production image from last year.

Transport: Armstrong Interior

Another for Space Siege. Inside the Armstrong is a canyon that bisects the entire length and height to allow transport and maintenance access throughout.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I Need your Votes bad!!!

Hey Mafia I need your help!! I entered a contest to have some pin-up arrt in the next "Cryptics" comic. The battle is going on now, so I need you votes to help me win! Please help a brutha out...all you got to do is go to, click on register, sign in, and go to "Art Battles" then VOTE FOR ME!- "Digital Bones"

P.S. This is also a great forum to be a part of. So you get two in one, vote for me and be a member of a cool forum!


better late than never

Space Siege Concepts/Ship Design

Here's a couple of pieces I can show from the last project I was on - Space Siege. The ship is called the I.S.C.S. Armstrong and as you can tell from the scale of the Eiffel tower, it's huge! This is a ship designed to be a deep space colonization ship.

I had in mind that a person could be born and die on this ship without ever stepping foot on a planet surface. The atrium centered at the 'eye' of the ship could hold the Eiffel Tower inside it. I have some concepts rendered of those too that I will post later when I'm allowed.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

Early Space Siege Character Concepts

I don't know about you - I love me some iterative art. I enjoy seeing process so I figured I'd share some very early sketches I did for an earlier project.

None of these will be used in the final game however they did contribute to the later designs. In the interest of saving gallery space for others here I left the rest on my blog...

To see the rest - follow this link:

Thursday, October 11, 2007

i don't know the things i want

Pandora Needs Your Help!

Oh, great and powerful Illustration Mafia! Sorry to spam you like this but the IF challenge is picking 25 best from this week (voting goes on 'till the 18th) to be in a show at Open Books. I want to be in that show for one big reason - it's 4 blocks from my house. So, if you could find in your heart and busy schedules to vote for me, I'd be much obliged.

Go to Illustration Friday and vote for me! Follow the directions there and scroll down until you see "mike r baker" and click the star next to my name. You can vote for 5 illustrations.

Pandora for IF's "open" theme - gouache on bristol.

UPDATE 10-19-07 - I'm in the show! Thanks a ton, all who helped me be there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

welcome to africa!!!

zulugirl copy
ok, so it's a week late, but i'm coming out of a month long dry spell, sorry...happy ghost month e'reybody!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Its October

So lets pretend this is my Africa, even though it has nothin to do with Africa. Ive been super busy lately. We will resume topics next week!!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Heya buncha' mugs, sorry I've been absent from our little gathering for a while. The posts have been great, I really dig them. Its not a new piece, but I thought this fit the Crypto category well. Peder Singleton, master of the press, has just opened a new addition to his shop called SmashThis! The shop sells limited edition letterpress prints and has opened with three prints from artists John Powell, Dan Christofferson, and yours truly.
I've been given five artists proofs, which I will be selling on a personal basis. They will be personally signed and numbered. If you interested in one of these ultra-limited proofs, feel free to email me.

Saturday, October 06, 2007


If this isn't in African lore somewhere, it should be damnnit! Croc-o-pig I tell you! I'm raiding the archives for these so forgive me please:) I haven't had much time or energy to do anything outside of work lately. It's been a bit crunchy. -R


Here's an old one from the sketchbook. I thought it might count towards Cryptozoology. Better late than never I guess:)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Sorry for the blurry "African" Hippo

I am unable to use my scanner and make this one pretty . Too much crap in my computer at the moment. Sorry fellas.

African Myth - Anansi

Yo, brethren! Looks like we're all mólto busy here. I didn't want the Africa theme to slip by without an illustration so I did a quick one - Anansi, the trickster spider.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


to my mafia brothering i will have some drawings for the last few post when i get a min . to think i have been working on my moms house painting and putting down a new floor so when its all don't and i can get back to scanning work or drawing y'all will see them. so dont put a hit on me yet i started this and i wont turn yous guys over to the G-men. nice work to the new family and keep it up. o0o and I'm glad Mr. Hoye deiced to take over the assignment part thanks.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Taming the Business Illustration Monster

Full page feature illustration for IBM Systems Magazine. Lots of fun, and got some good art direction from the guys at MSP Publishing.

Shameless Plug

Sorry I got to do it. The POPGUN Vol. 1 will be out in stores and available at Amazon and other fine comic retailers online in November. " The first PopGun Comics Anthology is well over 500 pages and it's a
beast. The idea behind the book is an anthology that appeals to a
wide market. There are no safe anthology stories here, and PopGun has
a real life and a pulse to it. PopGun screams rock 'n roll, Andy
Warhol, super spies, rocket packs, grindhouse flicks, vinyl records,
old comics that time forgot. In a way, the book is a love letter to
everything we love about pop art - comics, records, movies, etc.
PopGun is a four color mixtape for the planet to plug into and come
out realizing comics are part of the larger pop art spectrum."

Monday, October 01, 2007


Ive made another blog, this one is to show all my sketches and unfinished stuff. Its called "Luna Roca" go check it out to see my studio! Bookmark it, cause it will be updated daily!!

im still working on my "Africa"