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Doodles – Available Again December 25th and 26th

This is usually a Black Friday offer from me, but the Holiday shopping season was short, and online shopping was even shorter – as a result, I chose to stay out of it. These are, however, available now and tomorrow. How does it work? Your purchase is for a pen and ink of any creature […]

Buttoneyes Birthday

> Buy prints here < This piece, was inspired hugely by news of the upcoming Cabal Cut release of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and news of a possible anniversary book; It was further inspired by Bethalynne Bajema’s profound love for all of Clive Barker’s works. The painting was originally to be a part of “Featured Creatures”, […]

Airships and Tentacles – my new 140-Page Art Book

Over the past months I have been tapping away at keys, collecting scans of artworks old and new and even a lot of forgotten works, in order to make a very intensive book of my works to date. At first, it was only going to be the Airships and Tentacles series, but I began to […]

Comic Book, New Paintings

I did some live painting down at Ice Cream Gallery, and I did 4 new paintings in 2 days at Cinema Wasteland with a painting in my lap, a pallet balanced on my knee, and paint cup between my feet. Below are 3 of them. I returned home inspired to reboot my old comic book, […]

Evolution

In the, wow, nearly 20 years of this site, 10 years at this domain, a lot has changed, and will continue to change. I’ve been in the middle of another major site overhaul for starters, so you might see some things shift here or there even as you browse. The store will continue to work […]

Spirit Boards By Bethalynne Bajema and Myke Amend

The boards measure 15×18?, are made of thick 3/4 inch oak, stained a deep red cherry, and are coated in varnish and then waxed for an easy gliding of the planchette.

Edges are ornately routed for an added decorative touch, and some of these have gold leafed edges as well.

There are only 6 available in each edition

Doodly Doodles and Halloween Grab Bags

These are drawings I did on the back of the post cards I made available for a brief time a few weeks ago. Since I am filling another coloring book and using these characters elsewhere, I figured this was a good way to make original art available cheapish while somewhat covering my hours of work. […]

The Edge of Dreams

I did this as a drawing a while back for my free coloring pages I offered here, which is a coloring page not in my for-sale coloring book, and decided that I really wanted to do a color version myself… even though its fitting well into the series would even further-delay the release of my […]

Steampunk Symposium and coming conventions

So, we’re back from the Steampunk Symposium, cooling our jets for a few weeks (read: working frantically on other things and preparation for coming conventions). We had a great time; Aloyisius and his team put on one extraordinary event, and did one seriously good job of keeping everything organized and running splendidly. We would *certainly* […]

The Hanging Gardens

A new surreal fantasy landscape by Myke Amend

For the Kids in You

Freebie: A Valentine’s Day present to my peoples and their kids and students… a few hours late because I took a nap today.

Hendrick’s Gin Giveaway

Box Assemblage, Prints, and Painting for Hendricks Gin Giveaway

Black Ships Ate the Sky

A look into the details of the finished piece, as well as the steps along the way to completion.

The Mighty Bloop

Painted in acrylic on tempered hardboard backed with birch, 12 by 24 inches – added to the airships and tentacles series because I might as well – since the book is not yet compiled and won’t be in time for Holiday selling. I’ve been having a rather not so spectacular month – with lots of […]

Astudan

I started this piece as a pencil sketch for The Borgia Popes, an Ohio band, from the Cincinnati post-punk scene in the 90’s, for use in their album cover. I wanted it to have a very Beksinski feel to it, dark, brooding, and mysterious. Zdislaw Beksinski was a great influence on my art, and one […]

New Store, New Stuff, Bigger and Cheaper

You, at least I think it was you, asked for Poster prints – more wall coverage, lower prices. I am now offering just that, lots of that, plus: Calendars, Tee Shirts, Hoodies, Onesies, and more.

Blue Things

Yeah, I know, people have gotten pretty used to me making with the fantastical steampunk stuff – but there are a lot of times when the things in my head aren’t exactly in the genres I’m known for, often times these things aren’t exactly things people would want hanging on their walls, or even like. […]

Infernal Teardown and Commissions Available Again

So, this last week we wrapped up the Infernal Device show at the Gerald R Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tear-down went pretty smoothly, considering that we had to break down nearly two tons of complicated mechanical machinery in less than two days. From standing atop our 17-foot tall wind and solar power sculpture […]

The End of the Series

Think of a visual representation of a statements or concept, as a series or a single image. Consider a style or media that would be striking, and imagine it taken to a level beyond your ability. Research said media if it is new, and think on the concept or image for a while – but […]

Slave 1881 Finally available as a giclee on canvas

The HP 4670, rocks. 600 DPI, in seconds. Perfectly flat, no distance from the painting, means I can finally get good imaging of my paintings without the $300+ a pop imaging fee, which means savings to you. I decided to take this one step further, because limited editions and all, though they appeal to some […]

New Tee shirt design

Well, actually it is an improvement and upgrade on the previously proposed tee shirt design. Now that we’re ready to go to production on these, I started off doing some graphical cleanup and decided it would be cooler if the shirts were two sided and had fancier text on them. I’m catching up from the […]

For Lovers of Rare Books

I made this book a while back, out of hardwood, and spent a lot of time sanding, carving, and polishing it. I also put a lot of love into making the securing system – two fat-ended brass pins to give me lots of room to fill it. If someone grabs it, through our Kickstarter: – […]

Cooties and a story by G.D. Falksen!

Well, it looks like I am devoting myself this year to finally finishing up my children’s book – but for now, I am working really hard at making our kickstarter successful. We are beyond dedicated to making this happen… so much so that I stayed up all day and night putting this special drawing together […]

Airships and Tentacles Coloring Book

In thinking of something really good, but inexpensive that I could put together as an added incentive to be a part of our kickstarter, and in staying up all night making a new engraving – it came to me… This coloring book. When I was a kid, Advanced Dungeons and Dragon’s Monster manual, and their […]

Seven

A new engraving, 5×7 inches, with the usual really, really tiny details. Seven cubes, seven limbs, seven chains between the cubes, seven chains on her neck… I suppose it would be good for a children’s book on numbers, but I’ll probably end up using it with the other tarot inspired engravings one of these days […]

Steampunk Tales 10

Steampunk Tales 10 (Featuring my cover) is out now – Lots of great reading, on your device of choice, for $2.99. This piece is another digital work, something I rarely choose to do – one which I actually did have a lot of fun with. Woman, hair pins, Winchester rifle, guards… The story by G.D. […]

Hello!

I am talking to you… through the internet! I forgot to mention the rewards such as limited etchings on brass, paintings, and the like – but, if you’d like to know more, we’ve got a writeup about the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/infernaldevice/the-infernal-device-an-enormous-mechanical-and-pai

My first Video ever: It’s terrible! You’re welcome!

Because we needed video up for The Infernal Device’s kickstarter page, and didn’t have one, I decided to do a workshop video to talk about progress on the model. Problem being that I did not have any camera person to move the camera to key points like… I don’t know… my head, the model, the table of gears.

Approved!

Our Kickstarter was approved and launched yesterday, and you can find it here: Our KickStarter Page If you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, it is a perfect addition to our community project feel, in that it allows fellow art lovers to become a part of our project, while receiving rewards for their participation. Gifts offered for […]

The Black Ibis Tarot

Bethalynne Bajema, my fiancee, co-conspirator, and occasional collaborator is working on her third eerie and beautiful neo-victorian Tarot deck “The Black Ibis” – and taking a different approach at her deck from the previous two in that she would like to have the deck published in one big run. Being artists, and in this day […]

The Albatross

I’ve been up a *lot* of hours, so I am going to keep this short and add images and links. This new work started with a pencil drawing, and I just couldn’t stand to leave it at that. It led to many days of wakey-time and a lot of sitting at the computer… a reminder […]

Reign in Purple

Painted on birch panel in acrylic paints. Even the images below can’t possibly give you a good look at all the detail in this piece… but that is the story with most of my works. This piece took me 2 + 2 days of no sleep, painting from waking till crashing. “Break time” for me […]

Slave 1881

John Strangeway, aka Steampunk Boba Fett hired me to create a more Victorian/Edwardian era craft for him in a painted portrait. This (below) is the result. The original is 32×24 inches, painted in acrylic on canvas. 14×11 inch hand-signed giclees are here: http://www.mykeamend.com/new/products-page/all-products/slave-1881-steampunk-boba-11×14-inch-giclee/ 10×8 inch metallic prints are here:  http://www.mykeamend.com/new/products-page/all-products/slave-1881-steampunk-boba-10×8-inch-metallic/

Work with me here

I am seeking two people who live in Grand Rapids, or are willing to travel to Grand Rapids for the Artprize competition/event. Most importantly, those people would be able to be here during Artprize, Late September through early October, or at least be able to transport their part of the project before the event begins. […]

The Artist’s life: Myths and Misconceptions

This post is for those who are aspiring artists, those who are living the artists’ life/fighting the good fight, those want to know what the typical artist’s life is really like, those who erroneously assume we are on some pedestal above the working class, and especially those who see us as something lesser than the […]

Steampulp Baba Yaga

“The Magic Hut” I’ve been dying to do a Baba-Yaga themed piece for some time now. I could probably do ten more and still not cover all of her faces or personalities. This one I took a heavy-mechanical and clunky tentacle whipping approach – with the hut trampling trees and tearing the earth and road […]

Art Originals on sale on Etsy this week

Normally, I prefer to sell here, but when it comes to originals, I often put them up on Etsy first for added exposure. We’re running on a deficit this month, so I put these three items up for sale on Etsy, significantly reduced in price until one or the other sells, then the others will […]

New Wallpaper: Lost City 1280 x 960

Not the greatest scan… alright, it is a shite scan. But, I killed the big scanner and the Lexmark scanner is never good for anything save for documents. So, the subtle clouds and color in the sky are somewhat washed out, and some detail is lost as well. Regardless, being wallpaper and all, I figured […]

New Wallpaper: The Rescue 1280×960

This one is finally available. It took me forever to settle on the right cropping for this one, but I managed – much of this due to regular requests to make this one available. This painting features Abney Park’s trademarked HMS Ophelia, and was commissioned by Captain Robert Brown of the famed steampunk and retro-future […]

New Wallpaper: The Wait: 1280×960

New wallpaper made from a crop of an older work. I’ve been reworking the file tonight for some giclee printing, and decided I’d like to have it as a desktop, and of course am sharing:

New Wallpaper: The Ruins 1280×800

This piece is somewhat based on my collaborative work with Bethalynne Bajema … That 30 foot x 10 foot mural we have sitting in our garage awaiting a studio space to display it in. The mountain city-scape in this picture is *heavily* influenced by her creations, as well as my desire to see them as […]

Skins Are Now Available through Uskins!

Durable and colorful skins are now available for cellphones, laptops, portable gaming devices, controllers, Ipads, and more!

The Kiss

This illustration is a scene from Dexter Palmer’s novel “The Dream of Perpetual Motion”, originally done for web resolution, I have had this piece slated for repainting for some time now, and finally I’ve finished it, and on a big scale- since it was my very favorite from the set.

Full Steam Ahead

This piece was done earlier this year in pencil on bristol board; It was my intention to color all of these after the World Steam Expo, but one thing led to another and – well, I finally have this once all colored up.

New Additions

This week, Jim Gebben, an extraordinary photographer from Grand Rapids, who I met during our Artprize run, spent some time taking some fantastic high res photos of my non-imaged works – so, I am not only finally able to offer prints of these, but finally able to offer some more originals as well.

Colour from Space

An experiment in color, recently completed as a commission for Mike Skoog, wherein he asked if I could do something small enough for his music room, and more colorful than my standard muted palettes.

Big Framing Adventure

A little step by step on my night framing of framing till dawn for this large painting, using recycled/upcycled lumber.

Opening Day at ArtPrize

I was hoping to have this piece done by the early hours of the morning – a wood carving and painting. About 52 inches by 48 inches – mahogany, walnut, and pecan stain on carved birch panel. I still need to build a box out of it, fill the box with foil and LEDs and wire, drill holes where I want lights, varnish it, line the holes with gold leaf, and put several coats of wax on it… probably about another 8 hours or so… But I thought you might appreciate a progress pic.

Tees!

Our beautiful shirts from Extreme Screen Printing have arrived. They are printed in 2 colors on an all-cotton heavyweight desert sand colored t-shirt – with art by Bethalynne Bajema, an incredible logo design by Ted Jauw, layout/pre-press by Myke Amend, modeled for by Cassie Truskowski, and loved by everyone who sees them.

Buy yours here: http://cirqueacirca.com/artprize/?page_id=131&category=5&product_id=26

The Art of Cirque A Circa

In a work of art nearly the size of two football fields, we will have many performers throughout the ArtPrize competition. Performers include airial, fire-spinning, fire-eating, and other sideshow performances by Cassie Truskowski, Author Bethany Grenier, Local Artist Ted Jauw, and many others – as well as fashion shows, and of course music: Such as acts by Zoe Boekbinder of Vermillion Lies, and also by The Gypsy Nomads – a great band last seen (by us) at the World Steam Expo.

Red Hand Assemblage

The box has two decorative hinges with a decorative patina on the spine edge if it; The latching mechanism is self-made from another smaller version of these hinges, combined with three solid brass model cannons from a model ship. The latch holds the piece securely shut, but opens easily when you want it to with a slight squeeze of the box and an easy flip of the thumb.

20 Free IPhone (or other smart phone) desktop wallpapers

These images are free to use for your own personal non-commercial use on your own phone.

Some Day I Will Never Grow Up

The original was painted on a wood panel cabinet I hand-made for the purpose of doing this painting. I’ll be finishing up the cabinet when I return home.. I can’t tell you what I’ll be filling the cabinet with – but when the construct is done, I will have had a lot of fun making things to fill it with.

Smog is Awesome

Images from the utterly amazing and imaginative collection: World of Smog

Back from the Big Crash of 2010

The store has its images again, as does the gallery, and the name and mission generators are working again (though the font is slightly off). I am however back up and running (finally).

Mankind Has No Time (Desktop Wallpaper)

This image was the cover for the upcoming September/October issue of Gatehouse Gazette, an excellent dieselpunk, pulp, horror, sci fi, steampunk mag..

Of Books and Other Things

I’m getting closer to being done with this series, and finished with the book… well, the art book anyway.

Your Assumed Name for this Mission will be…

The new Adventurer Name Generator (not to be confused with the Secret Mission Adventure Generator) is finished. Give it a spin – a new name every day for you, or someone you love, or someone you don’t love very much at all.

New Facebook “Fan” Page

if you’re interested in keeping up on my artwork, want to be on the lookout for sales and special offers, or simply wish to maintain your internet love affair with pictures of my unshaven feet, you can find my new Facebook page here:

November Sale

Winter is on its way, and in order to make our Holidays better, yours and mine, I am holding a big November Sale.

Giclees are the main thing on sale this month – some of which there are less than 15 of remaining, ever, out of 50 that will be out there in the world, ever.

They’re Not Just Ankle Biters Anymore

A school/pack of vicious, cross-bred Chihuahua and Piranha are unleashed upon a pristine Mountain Lake and quickly consume summer campers…

Clockwork Cheshire Cat and Mechanical Moon Men

3 new engravings, three new prints, and some details on what I’ve been up to.

Four New ModoFly Journals

You can buy these unsigned and undoodled in directly through ModoFly at Modofly.net for only $36 (US).

These are comparible to Moleskines, and are really, really nice (and really unique) journals.

The Dark and Spooky Automated World of Thomas Kuntz

Thomas Kuntz, a professional artist for over 20 years, began as a sculptor of Commercial Toys, but later gained notoriety circa ’89-98 as a pioneer in the making of model kits based on…

Steampunk as an Art Movement

All three seem to center upon this principle: That we are tired of mass marketing and mass production, throwing cash at huge corporations

Axel Brötje’s “Kiss of the Scorpion”

If I had a daughter, this would probably be her….

A wonderful short film about a delightfully dark girl on a train.

Behold!

Just a few projects I am picking away at. If you want some step by step images on these, you can go to my flickr account (flickr.com/mykeamend)

Flying Puppets: The Jules Verne

Carl Rankin makes these planes from everyday materials such as straws, trash bags, tape, thread, and offers on his site rather inexpensive books and Cd guides to creating these doubly-inexpensive works of wonder.

The Cephalopods Can Hear You

The discovery resolves a century-long debate over whether cephalopods, the group of sea creatures that includes octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses, can hear sounds underwater…

Coming to this Space

So, the task at hand is to come up with something that can be done by hand, and yet is more awesome than an actual-sized limited edition 200-years archival reproduction

Gargantuan War Machines: Airborne Carriers and Giant Robots

The USS Macon was one of the largest Zeppelins ever built, able to carry five F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes within her hull which she could launch and retrieve while in flight.

Steampunk Crucifix and Lovecraftian Tie Tack

It is a little known fact that a line of Popes dating back to the Middle Ages have secretly indulged in Steampunk…

New Limited Edition Giclees

New for summer is an extensive collection of engravings as limited edition giclees on Hahnemuhle

Grrr.

While stretching a giclee, I tore in the canvas on the back a bit, right under where the corner folds over…

Damnit… Now look where the earth is :/

10 rare limited edition prints of this work in progress.

Some quick links

Thanks to them for including me, but I share this link because of the awesome dragonfly at the bottom…

Black and White

A beautiful 6 minute film about a scarecrow, and an interesting video with airships and biplanes

Steampunk Illustration, Pop Surrealism, Fantastic Realism, Speculative Fiction, Horror art