10/7/14

New Website Up and Running!


That's right, it finally happened. I've finally built myself a new website. What's more, you can actually see it on a mobile device! Will wonders never cease?

Check it out for yourself at www.mikebilz.com

9/14/14

My skate deck is now available as a limited edition!


Amazing news! The skate deck I designed for ArtDeckCo has been selected for a limited edition print run!

The run is limited to just 150 prints, and each deck will be hand signed and numbered by me, so get yours quick!

Visit ArtDeckCo.com to see all the details, and check out the all other boards now available for purchase.

6/9/14

Koukai music video...



Check out "Koukai", the awesome new video from Tiger Love Triangle.

A few months ago I was asked to create a series of eight-bit style sprites of the band and various other characters for the video. It's amazing to see how it all came together in the final edit. You can check out some of my original sprites below.

In the video the band gets sucked into a Rock Band style game, where they play to a sold out arena...




But something goes wrong, and the band has to fight their way out to make it home...





Man, sprites are fun. I especially love how all of the attack animations turned out. It definitely takes me back to the days of playing walk right brawlers on my Sega as a kid (16 bit I know, but nostalgia's nostalgia).

I just want to say thanks to the band and everyone else involved, the video turned out fantastic and it was a ton of fun to work on. 

Check out more from Tiger Love Triangle on their website, and be sure to see them the next time they're in your town.

5/29/14

Bronies: The Musical


Check out my latest commission.

The fine folks at Oddbird Theatricals asked me to create a prop for their upcoming show "Bronies: The Musical!" in the style of Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night".

Definitely one of the cooler and weirder projects I've gotten to work on lately. About 20% cooler.

The show officially opens as a part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 7th and runs through June 28th.



5/13/14

Artists On Board - Portland

"Hau'oli"

This happy fellow is my contribution to ArtDeckCo's massive "Artists on Board" show in Portland, opening May 31st. The show will feature original skateboard decks from almost 300 artists! 

It's a two day event with ton's of events and happenings, so if you're going to be in the Portland Oregon area, I highly recommend you go check it out.

Click on the flier below for more details.


Red Dot Auction at the Chuck Jones Center

"Genius at Work"

Sorry for the remarkably long silence. I've gotten really out of the habit of keeping this blog up to date.

I was recently invited to participate in the annual Red Dot Auction at The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Which means I got an opportunity to paint Wile E. Coyote, which was awesome. I tried to work in as many references to the cartoons as I could into the piece, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

The event itself was really fun, the auction went well, and a bidding war even broke out over my piece! It was great to be able to help out a worthy cause, and a truly fantastic group of people.

8/18/13

A tribute to Edgar Wright...

"We Are Sex Bob-omb!"

This Tuesday, August 20th, is the opening of "The Official Edgar Wright Art Show" at Gallery 1988. I am super excited about this show for a bunch of reasons, but the biggest one has got to be that I got to do a painting of one of my favorite movies of all time, Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Seriously, I knew that I loved this movie within the first 15 minutes of watching it.

And let's not forget Shuan of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Spaced to name but a few. Edgar Wright is certainly a man worthy of paint based praise, and I am honored to be a part of that.

So, if you're near Los Angeles on Tuesday, and want to see some amazing art inspired by a truly amazing director come check out the show. You will not be disappointed.