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Mike Thompson

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What has been your favorite project to be a part of? A few of my favorites were on my bucket list. I was in a commercial for Coca-Cola featuring Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild and The Roots, that was fantastic. That happened in 2003 and it was great because I got to meet my heroes, star in a commercial and drink way too much Coke. The commercial involved me hanging out in a loft and painting the featured artists. I used Corel Painter to create the entire painting and they printed it on a giant 20’ x 12’ canvas. There were two versions of the commercial made. One where I appeared to create the painting with spray cans. The secondary version was me spraying with crystal clear and revealing the finished painting through the magic of post-production. The Roots came up behind me admiring the painting and I turn around and drink a Coke with them. That was pretty incredible. Working with Marvel on some of the preproduction stuff for movies at the time was pretty amazing as well and probably my second favorite project of all time. I got to work on artwork for Guardians of the Galaxy and painted Black Panther for Civil War and they both were a blast. As a result of this work I went on a speaking tour for Wacom®, who is the global leader in the pen display and tablet market for creative users. They asked me to go to South America to speak to different colleges there and then I went on a four country speaking tour to Peru, Argentina, Columbia and Mexico speaking to how I got started and talking about my career with Marvel. I also conducted portfolio reviews with the kids which was really rewarding. I had not been to any of these places and it was really a fantastic opportunity. What does a typical day look like for you? I get up, go from bedroom to office where I will work on any given project. I’ve been doing a lot of 3D sculpting lately and a ton of movie posters. I just did a few for movies that will come out soon. I work with a company called Gravless Ink out of Los Angeles, CA. I have worked with them for a number of years and they love the style that I’m able to achieve with Painter and I’ve even won a couple of Clio’s for my work. One was for Deadpool 2 and another for Hidden Figures. I work until 6 or 7pm and then take some time for myself in the evening. You would think that I would be more effected by not being able to go outside but honestly I don’t go outside that much anyway.

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