Illustrator Saturday – Mike Ciccotello

One of my favorite illustrators: Mike Ciccotello.

Writing and Illustrating

Mike Ciccotello received a BFA with a concentration in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has fourteen years experience in broadcast motion graphics, working at CNN and Fox Business Network. Currently, he is the Art and Design Director at Telos Corporation. His art has been featured on Liquitex.com, CNN, ClothPaperScisors.com, Artists & Makers Magazine, and Industry Magazine. He has exhibited at Johnson & Johnson Headquarters and the NY Design Center. He is an active member of SCBWICBIG, Drawn to Picture Books, and a contributing member of AllTheWonders.com.

Here’s a quick-ish breakdown of how Mike works, using ProCreate.

Rough image – First, I create a rough sketch, you can do this by drawing directly within ProCreate or you can import an image to a lower layer. Once I sketch out the basic shapes, I turn down the transparency of that layer and go into more detail on a new layer, above…

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