Monday, March 12, 2018

Feelin' Dirty

I turn 30 next week.

I imagine the morning of the 20th will look something like this:

See you on the other side!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

RAW Natural Born Artists - ENVISION

I will be showcasing at this years RAW:OC arts show entitle ENVISION on January 24th.

Over the 5 years I spent living in Seattle I began to experiment with only using red, blue, white, and sometimes black paint. All of these paintings were created after my local Seattle art gallery shut its doors for good meaning that this January event will be the FIRST time I showcase this series of paintings in front of real live humans! I have shown some of these pieces on my website before but am very excited to give everyone the opportunity to see these up close and personal. I will be selling all of these paintings at my booth including some newer ones.

Tickets to the event are $22 and you get so much more than an art show. There will be live music, dance performances, live painting and a fashion show to end the night!

As a bonus to everyone who buys a ticket from me, you will be automatically entered to WIN an original art piece. A name will be drawn at random on the night of the event so you can go home with your new art! Your ticket must be purchased using the link below to be entered.

Be sure to add "Mike Oncley" as your "artist" when you purchase your ticket.

See the other artists HERE

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Faking It on MTV

It sure is fun to have friends in the TV industry!

My pal Alex Hunter(Everyone I Love Is Dead) also works on a variety of TV shows when he is not directing zombie hordes. He asked me if I could send him some art files to get printed for the background of the TV series Faking It on MTV.

Faking It isn't a show I would typically watch so of course, I missed these scenes when the show came out. I recently stumbled across some paperwork from Alex and my art agreement, reminding me the name of the High Schooler show I signed up to be on! A quick Google search and I was able to find the Season 3 episode my art was on, available on Hulu(nice).

The episode was about one of the main characters having a piece in the student art show. My art was used to accent the background and make it feel like an authentic art class/gallery.

My wooden "Bauhaus" art piece on the table in the background(above "Gregg Sulkin")

My portrait of Wayne and my double-faced portrait of The Pierces on the back door

Portrait of The Pierces, my red "Sea of Ink" painting and my couples portrait "A Kiss From Me" on the brick wall

A closer shot of "A Kiss From Me" behind this one-sided conversation

Screenshots taken without permission from MTV ;)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Now You Simi, Now You Don't

Drugs, guns, cars, and murder. Not what you typically think of when you think of Simi Valley. So how do you portray that in a poster about exactly that?

See how I did...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stellar People, Black Pills

Adaptive Studios is at it again with their new series, Stellar People, and every great series needs a great poster to show it off!

Want to see the whole thing?

Monday, November 20, 2017

I'll Be There For You: Friends and Lovers

I remember watching network TV at my parents, on their gigantic cube of a television. We would watch Friends after dinner and we stuck around for most of the series. I have been playing with an idea for the past couple months.

The concept was to represent each of the Friends with an inanimate object they love.

What was part of their personality and their friend until the end?

Even when their actual friends keep insisting that you "were on a break"?

Or they won't make time for their friend dinner date nights anymore?

Or when they bonk your kid on the head and lie about it?'s my new series, I'll Be There For You.

OCD strikes again with Monica and her Cleaning Supplies!

Grab your pocket forks for Joey and his Pizza!

Sit down and enjoy the tunes of Phoebe and her Guitar!

You'll say Woopah for Chandler and his Chocolate Milk!

Next stop, Bloomingdales! with Rachel and her Credit Cards!

and finally... we'll pretend we don't know how this will end but
it's Ross and his Prehistoric Engagement!

See the entire print and snag one for yourself in my Etsy store:

Stay tuned for more with this series!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Toys and Better Movies

For years I have looked up to Wacom and their incredible line of products. I always had the notion that I would someday be able to afford a beautiful Cintique monitor and create my art digitally. Unfortunately(for Wacom), in 2015 Apple released their brand new Pencil that works seamlessly alongside their iPad Pro, and all for half the price of a Cintique of the same size. I was torn between a history of high designer praise and what could easily be the flavor of the week in drawable touchscreens.

Finally, after swaying back and forth deciding on this next big purchase while stalking a few artists on Instagram to hear their opinions, I finally landed on the iPad Pro. Portability, price point, and familiarity all coincided to make it the right choice, and so far it has been!

I'm stoked how my rendition of Mariah Carey's "Glitter" as a movie about the loot boxes in Destiny came out. Presenting, GLIMMER! Starring the charming Cayde-6, voiced by Nathan Fillian.

I used the app Procreate to sketch up this dude and it felt so natural! Apple really got it right with the pencil. So far, this thing has become a perfect companion on flights and I know it will only help my art grow. Can't wait to see what else I can do!

the original

Hey look! I also posted a time-lapse video to my Instagram.
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