Thursday, October 13, 2016

Donald Trump's Top 10 Books for Children!

For immediate release from 'Trump For President' headquarters:
Donald Trump Reads to the Kids at a daycare/school near you!

People have told Trump and he's heard stories that Hillary steals babies books
and runs over children that are leaving the library.
She is THE DEVIL!!!
On the other hand, God's choice to lead our country, Trump loves children!
He's bringing his favorite childhood books that 

shaped his upbringing to inspire young minds to Make America Great Again!

Friday, September 16, 2016

I Hate Drawing Faces!!! An Artist's Journey.

Artists, I feel your pain!
Hands are hard to draw! Horses are hard to draw!
A million subjects are a pain in the ass to get right.
Most of us just dig in deeper and keep trying.
But there are a brave few illustrators who just declare, "Fuck it!"
We salute you!

Dr. Mitch O'Connell, Valedictorian of The Canvas, Master of the Fine Arts, Orates a Lecture for The Ages!

Join me as I babble some nonsense to a smattering of art students and passing hobos.
So far my plan is to take 7 shots in a row and wing it.
Good Times!
The Jack Karraker Lecture Series
Mitch O'Connell
Illustrator * Painter * Trend Setter
7pm, October 5th
Fine Arts Building Recital Hall
University of Nebraska, Kearney
Free and Open to the Public
Q & A to follow lecture.  Meet and Greet afterwards! 
Also Sponsored by the Department of Art and Design 

The M.O'C Riot Fest Chicago 2016 Official Poster!

When you're taking a break from waving your devil fingered hand in the air and banging your head to the music, stop by the Riot Fest merch table and pick up your very own official Mitch O'Connell Riot Fest Chicago 2016 poster!
I'm very popular with today's youth doncha know!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Clip Art! The Hidden Shame of Illustration!

Who does those anonymous drawings you might see in the Penny Saver of Uncle Sam promoting the local used car lot, shoppers rushing toward a "Sale" sign for a clothing store or a bunch of happy kids for a "Back to School Savings" ad?
Envision me sheepishly raising my arm from the back of the classroom.
I think I must have seen a "We're looking for artists" type ad in the early '80's and submitted samples to Dynamic Graphics, or I just wrote them out of the blue (where the hell are my fact-check people?!). Anyway, they loved my illustrations (who doesn't?) and we started over 20 years (and 100's and 100's of illustrations) of working together, only ceasing when they kinda petered out of business (don't look at me!). Doing Clip Art was easy and enjoyable. "Easy" because they were all great folks who rarely asked me to redraw anything (the mark of any wise art director) and "Enjoyable" because my checks always arrived promptly 10 days after they got the finished art. For their subscribers, it was a less costly alternative to hiring illustrators. This way, when the big "Clipper" folios arrived, they could just cut out the appropriate images and use them for whatever needs they might have. For me, on top of that was the fun of seeing my art turn up A LOT and sometimes in the oddest places. From a car hop gal who must have been the mascot of at least 4 different restaurants (friends mailed the menus to me) to Santa being added to the cover of a Bondage catalog (Which was also sent to me. No, not because I ordered it, but because my art was recognized. Really! I'm not going to untie you until you agree!).
Think of this as an historical tour rather than me trying to show off my greatest work. The quality ranges from 'Pretty Good' to 'Not Pretty Good'.
The art is not in any order, but the earlier pieces from the late '80s are marked by a lot of little lines, then I evolved into a more graphic fashion art look which got even more stylized as I copied a lot of the flourishes of fellow clip artist, the great Frank Fruzyna (
The Frank influence faded away as the comic book graphic look came to the forefront. I became more of their 'Roy Lichtenstein' go-to guy. This lasted (with variations) until DG hung up the 'Gone Fishing' sign on the front door.
have no idea who owns the rights nowadays. Someone bought DG, then someone bought that company, and so on. But Hell, it's clip art baby, if you need an image of someone with a 90s mullet wearing a giant shoulder jacket, slap it on your next business flyer garage sale ad or major advertising campaign!
It's all fine by me!
...and keep checking back, I got a couple hundred left to add!