Over the next few weeks we will be adding several new contributors to the Muddy Colors roster. With great excitement, allow me to introduce you to the first of them… Illustrator, Mike Butkus.

Michael Butkus is an artist and author, who has worked on more than 2,500 films in the areas of advertising, movie poster art, set design, and character design.

Mike was trained at Otis Parsons in Los Angeles and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has taught illustration and rendering techniques, along with character design and visual development, to art industry professionals and commercial art students. He is well versed in both traditional and digital techniques. He is also the author of several ‘how to paint’ books.

Given his knowledge in nearly every aspect of commercial illustration, and his experience as an instructor, Mike is sure to be a valuable addition to the Muddy Colors roster. So please join me in giving Mike a warm welcome!

You can see more of Mike’s finished work, as well as some absolutely mind-blowing thumbnails, at his website and his Facebook page.