Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Blog, New Address!

Go to for the new blog. Sorry for not posting this sooner. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Empress Amidala and Palpatine Commission

I'm not really a Star Wars guy. I've seen all the movies, but I missed the boat in my youth. I was more a Transformers guy. As such, I wasn't familiar with this particular costume for Queen Amidala until the buyer sent me this link for reference:

Characters (c) 2009 Lucasfilm, Ltd.


Monday, June 22, 2009

"Yo Joe!"

This is a companion piece to another commission I posted a few months back, in which Cobra Commander had kidnapped Scarlett and adorned her in a harem outfit. I'm not certain, but I think the buyer is going to commission a sequential project of the aftermath of this drawing. We'll see.

Monday, June 8, 2009

It's almost time to start selling commissions again. My backlog will keep me busy for the next few weeks, but I'm always eager for more. Check ou these I recently finished. There's more on the way.

Vampirella (c) 2009 Harris Comics
Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman (c)2009 D.C. Comics, Inc.

Friday, May 29, 2009

More May Commissions

She Hulk, Doc Doom, and Sue Richards (c) 2009 Marvel Characters, Inc.
Coming soon: Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman; Chun Li, Vampirella

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Shredder and April Commission

I struggled a litle bit with this commission. Not exactly sure why. It could have been getting the pose just right, which I'm still not convinced that I pulled off. Sigh. On to the next one.
Characters (c)2009 Mirage Studios, Inc.

Friday, May 15, 2009

90s Rogue Commission

This is a commission for a friend and long-time customer. He wanted the 90s Rogue, which I was glad to hear because it was the only version I was familiar with, since I stopped reading X-Men on a regular basis in the late 90s.

Colored in colored pencil with a little acryllic paint for the outline of the face.

Rogue (c)2009 Marvel Characters, Inc.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Power Girl Wrestling Match

Here's the three step process for a Power Girl commission I recently completed. The other chick is the girlfriend of the buyer. Turns out they're big wrestling fans, and he wanted his lady to be the dominant one.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Recent Commissions

I thougt I'd show some before and after scans of recent commissions for this posting. Comments are always welcome.


All Characters (c)2009 D.C. Comics, Inc.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What I've Been Working On Lately

Here are some commissions I just finished. At least the only ones I can post on a family site.

I'll start work on the new batch tonight. I hope I can get it done a lot faster than I did the previous one. Last month I completed nine commissions. Which means I only sold nine commissions. I hope to get to the point where I can get twice that much done. We'll see.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Colored Commander

Don't know why it took me so long to post this thing here. I finished it over a week ago and already posted it on Myspace, Deviantart, Twitpic, even Facebook (which I rarely do anything with). you go.


Sunday, April 5, 2009


I've always loved Cobra Commander. Hell, I love anything voiced by Chris Latta. Too bad he's long gone. Poor dead bastard. I was intrigued to learn that that wasn't his normal voice. His normal voice was the one he used for Spike's dad on Transformers G1 seasons 1 and 2. He played LOTS of characters throughout his career. I see this commission as a tribute to him.

Cobra Commander and Scarlett (c) 2009 Hasbro

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Batgirl and Dracula Commission

If superheroes were my first love, vampires were my second. This commission gave me the opportunity to combine the two. I was very pleased with the end result. I hope you are, too.


Batgirl (c) 2009 D.C. Comics, Inc.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Commission Season

Well, it's commission season again (when is it not).
Here you'll find She-Hulk, Black Cat, and Spider-Man with Black Cat.
I've been posting more regularly to my page at because I have trouble logging in to this site sometimes. I don't plan on abandoning it, though. This blog has served as a showcase of my journey back into drawing over the last two (or so) years.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Phoenix Sketch

Just doodling. I scanned this drawing in color first so that the blue pencil would be visible, but it just wasn't very dark. The grays scan looks much better.

Jean Grey/ Phoenix (c) 2009 Marvel Characters, Inc.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Athena and Doc Steele

You've seen these characters before if you've been following this blog. I tweaked the costume design for Doc Steele (his boots), and I removed the shoulder pads from Athena. These were just done to add to the orignal character gallery on Myspace. Check it out at

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Halcyon Characters

These are some recent additions to my arsenal of Halcyon Characters.

Amazona is one of the good guys...make that "girls". Not just a pretty face and killer body, as a member of a forgotten race of human offshoots, she has the strength of more than ten men.

Debacle is the leader of an international superhuman terrorist network. He possesses limited elemental powers.

Savage is one of Debacle's assassins. As a half-human werewolf he can control his transformations.

All character (c) 2009 Mike Powell

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Andy Powell 1982 - 2009

This is a special drawing I did of my brother, Andy Powell, who died tragically in a car accident on February 10th. He will be forever missed.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Vampirella Commission

I always thought of Vampirella as little more than cheesecake.

What? You thought my opinion had been swayed?

But seriously I had a great time working on this commission. I experimented with a wite-out pen and got some great results. I hope to draw more of Vampi in the future.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Jane Commission

This commission of Jane (from Tarzan) is from a repeat customer. This is actually the third commission I've done for him featuring Jane. I accented the piece with ink wash and white acryllic.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Washes and Colors

I've started experimenting with ink washes and digital coloring on some golden age characters I've redone, and I have to say that I'm loving the effect the wash makes on the drawing. What says Golden Age better than black and white (with tones)?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Doc Steele In Color!

I've posted Doc Steele here before. He's a reimagined version of Nedor's old character, Doc Strange.
You'll notice that he's in color this time. Well, I'm gradually learning to color digitally. I can't promise that you'll see any wild, psychadelic swirls or anything too intricate, but a little color goes a long way, don't you think?

Doc Steele (c) 2009 Michael Powell

Thursday, January 22, 2009


This client wanted a drawing of Padmé on her wedding night, partially nude. This is the censored version, of course. Last I heard we couldn't show nudity on blogger, but I know I've seen it on some sites.

Anyway, this is the pose that came to mind. It's like she's just waiting to be unwrapped like a present to Anakin. I'm just glad I didn't have to draw that DREADFUL Hayden Christiansen.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Samarai Chick Pencils and Inks

For this piece the client gave me two pieces of photo reference, one of a sexy asian woman brandishing a samarai sword, and another of a fantasy statue of a woman in some skimpy armor outfit. He wanted me to combine the two. The pencils were separate because he wanted to keep them. I put them up to my window and traced the outline of it for the inks.

Please leave comments if you have the time. I love hearing from people.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Raphael # 2

Raphael here is my second attempt at the character. The first was posted a week (or so) ago, and it's ok, but not my best work. I mean, I slathered it with wite-out correcting my inking mistakes, and when I noticed that I drew the head on a little off kilter. I'm much more satisfied with this one, and I hope his creator, Jennifer MacDonald, likes it too.


(c) 2009 Jenniifer MacDonald

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Cat Came Back

I used to read Catwoman back in the 90s when Jim Balent was drawing the character. I was pleased to get the commission request of this retro version of her. This is a color scan; that's why you can see every stroke of the permanent marker. It looked better to me than the black and white one I did. Stay tuned for a oouple of Storm scans. I have to CENSOR them first!


Friday, January 9, 2009

World's Finest

This is the first piece of art I've completed with my new Pitt fineliners I got in the mail the other day. I like the sharpness and the clean linework I get with them, but I think I'll continue to use the brushpens and just add the fineliners to my arsenal for small details. Then again, my mind could change. We'll see.


Monday, January 5, 2009


Another commission fron the Hurricane Batch (see earlier postings for explanation). Raphael is a character created by Jennifer McDonald for her novel series featuring her character, Nightcat. Check out her website at


Sunday, January 4, 2009


This is a commission of Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully from the X-Files.

The client gave me free reign of the position and the clothing for the piece.

In retrospect, I don't think Ms. Anderson is quite this stacked. But I don't think anyone minds.