The Journeyman Artist

Penciller, Inker, Colorist, sometimes Writer, Aspiring Comic Creator. Proud member of The Xion Group in Philadelphia. Currently accepting freelance and commission work. I’m a self-taught artist, loves art and creating it in multiple forms of media. I am Mike Colston, I am The Journeyman Artist!



Throwback - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary (2010)

To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.

Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.

Love this!

(via thehappysorceress)

Lady Mechanica #4 Promo from Zack Ketz on Vimeo.

Created, Written, & Drawn by Joe Benitez
Colored by Peter Steigerwald
Book Letters: Josh Reed
Book Editor: Marcia Chen

Music by: James Lee Grey & Matijn de Bont
Producer, Director, Editor, & Animator: Zack Ketz

CHEEKS (Sean Galloway) Bastion’s 7 Kickstarter video from Zack Ketz on Vimeo.

Producer, Director, Editor, Animator, DP: Zack Ketz
2nd Cam Op: Christina Granados

I had the pleasure of creating Cheeks’ Kickstarter video for his original series “Bastion’s 7”. Cheeks has worked for Marvel, DC, been the character artist on the Hellboy cartoon, and worked on the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon. This was the most intense video I have done because of the amount of art I chose to work with and animate in After Effects. One thing Cheeks does is that he handles sequential art like an animator - all panels of his comic book work consist of separate layers. For instance: 1 for character A, 1 for character B, 1 for foreground, 1 for background, 1 for atmosphere, and so on. Ideal format for animation. When I found this out, I knew that I had to animate his work.

Cheeks is an awesome guy! If you go to a con and he’s there, visit him. He’s usually with Ryan Benjamin.

Near the end of the edit, I spent 14 hours editing in one day. It had to be up for San Diego Comic Con and we made it! Cheeks had this video playing on a flat-panel at his booth, so I can proudly say I had a film screen at SDCC!

Here is a link to his artwork on Deviant Art:

Here is a link to the successful Kickstarter campaign:

Here is a link to the Kickstarter video I did for Keu Cha:

Been Hard on the Road

I have really been living up to my Journeyman moniker here lately. I am still working on finishing my sketchbook and I have knocked out a few commissions lately as well. But I just wanted to give you glimpse of the usual layout of my mobile studio when I am on theh road traveling for the day job.

Keep Grindin’

SEOUL SESSIONS: Ep5 - “Putting It Together” (by LeSean Thomas)



Jim Steranko ~ Outlander. One of the 3 best artists in comics ever, on his A-Game. Sean Connery starred in the movie of this.

Peter - Enjoyed the movie so much but the comic was a graphic design dream!!!

(via peterpalmiotti)

SEAN MURPHY Apprenticeship

by ~seangordonmurphy

Here we go, folks! If you’re interested in the Apprenticeship, then read below. At the bottom you’ll find a link—just click to download the application WITH your finished pages to

1. Submit 5 pages of black and white sequential art (along with application below) to . The pages must be inked, no pencils and no “darkened pencils” using Photoshop. I want students who can do both! Because I use traditional tools (pencil/ink), I’m more capable of teaching students who also use those tools, but I’m happy to accept di

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