Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cinematic Storytelling Deconstructed First look inside!

It's been a long time coming for me to actually hold one of my own books!
I wanted to share a few pages.
The book is for sale this weekend at CTN.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cinematic Storytelling Deconstructed The Sketches of Sam Michlap

My First sketchbook will be available at CTN and I will be doing a book signing as well as a few other things.
The book can also be ordered directly from Center Stage Gallery after CTN, so please check here

You will be able to order the book and have it shipped within the US and internationally.

Please stop by this Friday at 1pm in the Lobby at CTN for the signing and say hi.


Sunday, July 26, 2015


Hi everyone,
Tina Price has arranged a beautiful show with over 200 of my original sketches and paintings. Friday night was the opening reception and it will be open for the next month.
I will be conducting a two day workshop in August at the gallery, and we will be studying cinematic design. Space will be limited so check it out soon. 

If you are in Burbank Ca. stop by the Center Stage Gallery.

Here are a few picture from the opening. A BIG THANK YOU to all of my wonderful friends, old and new, who stopped by to say hi! I had a fantastic time seeing all of you.


Center Stage Gallery

My personal and production artwork is on display now!

My Friend Max Howard in the background.

Gris Grimly is one of my inspirations and I'm proud to call him my friend.

I love these guys! Left to right- Diane, Ron (BG), Paul, Jenny,
Vincent, Sam and Jimmy. 

My Dear friend Iuri Lioi came out to say hi!

Danny Galieote- This man is one of the most talented
 figure draughtsmen, and my college buddy!

 Two of my mega talented and inspirational painters/Friends-
Sunny Apinchapong and Doug Ball!!!

My art center friends! I'm flanked by Scott and Thomas Zenteno.

The Man himself- Carter Goodrich! We met on The Prince of Egypt!

My dear Friend from so many years at DW- Vicky Jensen.

Two hugely talented friends- Jeff Snow and Richie Chavez.

Rasoul Azadani- His water colors are amazing! He's trying
to get me to sell these two paintings!

We had a great turnout- Thank you Tina and the amazing staff at
Center Stage Gallery for organizing this!

I love to tell stories with Friends- this one was about Sunny!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Cinematic Staging demo

A recent demo I did for my Online LAAFA course, Visual Storytelling; Movie moments.
I'll be posting more of these to offer a few tips for anyone interested.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Follow me on Instagram now!

Hi everyone,
I've been neglecting this poor blog in favor of other sites. I  forgot to post that information here.
Please find me on Instagram, because I'm posting all sorts of art everyday.
I've just started my Tumblr too so please start following me there as well.

In the meantime, here are a Few goodies from my recent LAAFA online class, Visual Storytelling:Moviemoments part 1

Monday, December 08, 2014

Holiday Coupon for my Online courses!!

Season's Greetings Everyone! All of us at LAAFA wanted to offer a SPECIAL HOLIDAY COUPON for my new online courses! "Dynamic Color Sketching" just wrapped and is now available as a self study, and the second course, "VISUAL STORYTELLING; MOVIE MOMENTS PART1" will start in March 2015. Please check out "LAAFA's website for complete details and get this while it lasts.
I wish you all the very best this holiday season!
Here's the link:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Color quick sketching on the iPad.

Color Quick Sketching on the iPad

Hi Guys,
Here are a few more examples of color scribbles- this time on my iPad.
Each one was done in an attempt to capture the moment and less is always more when painting fast!

I really can't over communicate the importance of setting up compositions with bold value and clean color, and of course the most illusive of them all - Soul!


I constantly strive for more than just trying to literally capture the moment- 
"Soul" is the goal and it keeps you loose and free to explore your feelings. As artists we are trying to say something. We sit down to paint something because we were excited about it, but so many times we end up chasing a technique or struggle with our abilities, and forget about the fun we wanted to have in the first place. We also have the tendency to over do our paintings.

I have done that too many times to count!
I try to move as fast as I can, looking for just the right combination of shapes and color to produce the moment in the least amount of time.

In my Online Class we will talk a lot about all 
of this, but in the meantime have a great weekend and keep painting and enjoy yourselves!