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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 […]

Exhibitions

These are just a handful of upcoming and past appearances. I do have many more appearances in mind this coming year, to be announced – and my mind is so fuzzy on the older ones, so I’ll add them as they come to me. I’ll also update a lot of this with proper links gradually […]

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

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of …Gin?

Hendrick’s Gin is giving away a custom box, made by me, including an original painting, 11 giclee prints on acid-free paper, a 14×11 metallic print, my Coloring Book for Grown Up Kids, and a copy of Insects and Angels Magazine. The giveaway, as well as some added related features over the coming weeks, are at […]

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.

NYC – Free Downloadable Art, and Holiday Cards

I’ve been invited to be a guest, along with my artwork, on the set of a reality TV show filming in NYC – which may turn out to be a great opportunity for me. But, as things with artists go, the first opportunity in any opportunity is the opportunity to spend a great deal of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 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 […]

Imaging Paintings for Giclee Printing

A long and in depth how to for Artists seeking to image their works at home or elsewhere

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 […]

Fundraising Drive – Get original art… cheap

I have some new approaches at art I would like to give a try, unfortunately, that means picking up some supplies I don’t yet have… special tinted art papers, white pencils, some new oil mediums and acrylic mediums. Obviously, I haven’t the money I need for these things, hence the fundraiser. If you would like […]

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 […]

Specific Items Still Available for Holiday Shipping

By this date, the only thing I can offer Holiday delivery on are original works of art (paintings, sculptures, engravings, woodwork, etc…). Gift Certificates however are available for my site via paypal, and a perfect gift -especially if you were wanting to give something from my store, but not sure what. The below link will […]

Rescue Sale

Long story short: The Rescue 11×14 Metallic prints are on sale for only $24 through Mid-December [here] I am at month 7 of trying to get an issue resolved with the printing company who used to be my favorite. 7 months of getting no response back here or there, or a simple “cut and paste” […]

High Gravity Giveaway

Why “High Gravity”? Well, My mind is currently enhanced by a (arguably) healthy dose of high gravity beer, I’ve been packaging prints and art all night for Steamcon, and I came to the realization when looking through boxes of prints, that I have *way* too much backstock – the result of guessing what I have […]

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.

Sneak Peek of the Mural from the Destination 1111 Show

Work in Progress – 30 foot wall mural by Bethalynne Bajema and Myke Amend

Big Canvas Sale!

All giclees are priced drastically below normal, and the shipping fees that *should* be there $30 in shipping for most, are not there at all… yep.. $5 flat rate shipping on all orders.

All giclees are printed in Archival pigment inks on archival canvas, and protected by a UV-resistant coating for an estimated archival rating of $200+ years.

BIIIG Painting

Bethalynne, Bethany, Ted, Kate and I are making a painting larger than a football field – want to be a part of it?

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.

Indonesian Rijstaafel (Feast!)

Grand Rapids – MI – Our last gathering (an artist’s and performers fundraiser for CirqueACirca & The 121st Retronauticon) was a great time for all, and we are doing it again. Come out and meet the crew, have some amazing curry and a spot of tea (vegetarian options available)

Join the Circus

Some of you may already be aware of this, but this year I am participating in Grand Rapids’ Artprize competition along with Bethalynne Bajema, Ted Jauw, Kate Jauw, Bethany Greenier, John Hyatt, and Cassie Truskowski, with our combined work…

Sorry Charlie

He came to the surface world, wondering where all the food had gone, but there were no fish to be found on land; There was however an abundance of two legged meat-things

Undeath from Above

The original was drawn in pen and ink on 11×14 inch Bristol Board, I did the coloring with my 4-year old Adesso drawing tablet so as to preserve the pen and ink original.

Art! Troglodites Hate It, but You’ll Love It!

…Unlike money, which depends on a reliable system of government, art can be traded for gold, tools, women, men, chickens, or circus bears in post-apocalyptic settings, save for those dominated by troglodites and C.H.U.D.s, and it even serves as highly-prized contraband in every dystopian oligarchal collectivist society.

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.

Mach Turtle!

Alice rides a Mock Turtle at high speed along a peppermint lollipop shoreline, followed by the Mad Hatter in his own special-crafted craft.

It Looks Pretty, But Can it Kill?

A very lengthy and in-depth posting about airship physics, and (theoretical) practicality for combat, transportation, exploration… Image comparisons … Oh.. and Sky-Vikings.

O Frabjous Day

You can tell I am enjoying a piece when I am afraid to go to sleep before finishing it, spraying fixative on it, scanning it, doing pre-press, and proofing it.

Drill Baby Drill

This is one of those pieces done pretty much entirely for me – hammering out anger in the form of brush strokes, leaving my comfort zone of muted color scales for the bright and vivid; I am still in the process of making prints available however.

World Steam Expo Recap

I had a blast at the world steam Expo…

Pencil Drawing Commission

Give me stuff to draw while I am at the convention. Proceeds go to picking up some last minute things before the road. Only $27.50 per drawing.

How to Make an Airship Model

This construct is mostly wood, with papier-mâché for the balloon and the base shell of the gondola, and mesh sandpaper for the deck floor (to mimic the cross-hatched wooden cargo doors on an old deck)…

The Sweet Smell of Recovery

I am back up and running. Weeee! Three New artworks and some external links featured within this post.

A Few Commissioned Engravings on Clayboard up for grabs

If you’d like to help us with the convention, please help yourself to this opportunity to own a you-tailored original

Cats

When using laser pointers to tease cats, my favorite part is where I grab the laser dot off the ground with my hand, eat the laser dot, and act like it was the most incredibly delicious thing ever created.

…Then I sit on the couch for a while acting as fulfilled and blissed as one would after Thanksgiving Day, allowing the cats to imagine just what it was they missed out on.

The Cog is Dead

I lost track of this band for a few months. My first sighting of them piqued my interest, due to some decent page design, good photography, and a promising band description – which was pretty much all I had to go on at the time outside of a (then) dormant twitter…

Big Change: Many More Prints, and Easier to Find

This move not only revealed to me that a lot of artworks were missing in various (or all) sizes, but that there are a lot of originals I need to get back up after taking them down for shows. It also forced me to make the prices more across the board…

First Flight

An alternate version of the promotional piece done for Dexter Palmer’s “The Dream of Perpetual Motion”, published by Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press.

Some New Artworks

The drawing for the Gatehouse Gazette was ink on Bristol. I decided it needed some color, so I broke out the acrylics and got to work on it. This is the finished result… very vintage pulp in its look and feel.

New Desert Shadows Wallpaper

Cropped from the full-size piece to feature the airship only to make for a more up close, boldly detailed, and vivid view of the work (available as 18×12 metallic prints, and as 36×24 giclees on canvas in my store)

This desktop is 1800 x 1200, but can be resized or stretched to fit your needs.

Update

Current projects, current sale, future releases, etc..

Shades of Things to Come

A month back, I did a cover image for the Gatehouse Gazette, my second cover for them. The Gatehouse Gazette being a black and white publication, with a standard of using line-art for the covers, I decided to do the piece in pen and ink. Though not exactly an expressive and creative masterpiece by any […]

Lift Off Show in Alhambra, CA Jan 9th thru Feb 1

Today, I sent off three giclees to Gallery Nucleus for the “Lift Off!” art show, adding subtle miniature new artworks within each piece including (but not limited to) added airships, additional polar bears, bottles of rum, additional cephalopods, brightened constellations and other details in order to make each giclee its own unique piece of art.

A Revision to One of the Upcoming Shows

“Strange”- A part of the Seattle Artwalk featuring Eliza Gauger, Carl Faulker, and Redd Walitzky. Show details have changed, sightly.

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things!

Cover art for Gatehouse Gazette 10, my second cover for the popular Dieselpunk magazine.

Issue 10 will be released less than a day from the time of this posting…

Desert Shadows – Now Available (in my store)

I reached the point where I *wanted* to add “just a little bit more”, but my instincts were telling me that might be detrimental to the cause and I called it “done”… typically, as one learns over thousands of years of banishment to Earth, this is the point where one more brush stroke equals “overworked”…

Holiday Shipping Schedule

If you would like to place an order between December 17th and December 21st, and wish to have that order by the holidays, please contact me through my contact page to make sure I have what you need on hand and that it can be shipped right away.

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