About Me

                Cheerio! Welcome to my artistic crib!

                Mihai Alin Ion is my name, friends call me Johny. I am a self-taught, self-promoted freelance artist, currently living and working in Bucharest, Romania. Drawing is my passion and I`ve been doodling since I was 10. As you can easily notice, my drawing style is quite weird, by compiling illustration with realistic drawings, twisted dark art with portrait, rudimentary painting with soft sketching and freestyle doodling with serene caricatures.
Art by Mihai Alin Ion
                Walt Disney`s comics, like Mikey Mouse, Donald Duck or Goofy & Pluto, old Cartoon Network series, like The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Top Cat, Tom & Jerry, Hanna Barbera`s Yogi Bear, Droopy D, Bugs & Daffy and all Looney Tunes family, superheroes like Space Ghost, Plastic Man, Birdman or Captain Planet, Bruce Lee`s kung fu movies and especially a whole army of toy soldiers, indians, cowboys and romans - all of this helped me build my childhood`s inspirational universe, that later on started feeding my imagination and made me ask myself:
"- What if I start drawing them? Same protagonists, different stories ... my own stories!"

Art by Mihai Alin Ion

                And so I`ve discovered the beauty of drawing! Nobody tutored me, never wondered if I have any talent or possess the know-how skill! I simply started creating, feeling confident. Piles of art supplies, infinite ideas, started as a noob, improving my technique, drawing by drawing. In elementary school I was able to draw Bruce Lee without any reference photos. In high school, during classes, me drawing quick sketches representing my teachers was a source of amusement for me and my classmates.
                I do both, traditional and digital art, although I prefer the old school mixed media illustration. There are surely some areas in wich digital cannot yet replace pencil and paper. My drawing kit is a never-ending puzzle board, as I daily add, combine or remove pieces of drawing tools. If coffee gives you exactly the brown color you need, than by all means slosh down some coffee over your artwork, it will naturally fit. Poor red vine for stains, use white toothpaste, and most important, cheap art supplies create magic effects when you less expect it!

Art by Mihai Alin Ion

                In order to bring my illustrations to life I mainly use mixed media on 200 mg grey paper. Reeves Acrylics and School Friendly Gouache to fill the pencil sketch, Cretacolor Karmina Colored Pencils, Winsor and Newton Grey Tones Promarkers to create the shadows, Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pens to lighten some areas, and Uni Posca White Paint Markers. At the moment I`m filming with my Samsung A5 SmartPhone - FHD 1920x1080 and a small Sony Cybershot 20 pixels Camera using a tripod.

                For the editing part of the drawing videos I simply use the Windows Movie Maker free software. As a "trademark" I always try to insert some stop motion animation funny scenes. Adobe Photoshop & Adobe After Effects play their part for the engaging content. I upload my projects into flash making-of videos, on my   Youtube Channel - Mihai Alin Ion   with a play length of approximately 1 to 20 minutes each. I also compose my own music, so the audio - video content is signed MAI Original!

                New projects and longer videos, animations, comic book series, art competitions, drawing tutorials, comic conventions mingling and gift shop goodies are included in my future plans. Thank you for your online and offline support! Family, friends, acquaintances, confrère artists, you are my real art curators! Make sure you hang my artwork to your favorites, Thumbs Up & Stay Awesome!                 As they say, experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not our own. I sketch daily to improve my skills, I try to steep myself in the art of drawing by following various artists. Without any doubt, masters of the realistic, dark, and fantasy art, such as: Marcello Barenghi, Christopher Lovell, Boris Vallejo, Tai Taeoalii, Karl Kopinski, Bogdan Petry, Jim Lee.

                Regarding my current projects I`m focusing on building my portfolio and respecting the commissioned art deadline projects. So, if you like my artwork style and are interested in commissioning, please feel free to drop me a Message.

Art by Mihai Alin Ion
Art by Mihai Alin Ion

          Thank you for dropping by, hit the social media buttons, subscribe and follow for art updates, share my drawings with your friends if you wish, stay tuned and the most important, stay awesome!
   There`s more to come!

     Let`s Art! Let`s keep creating! Otherwhise ART break is just another heARTbreak!
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