Portrait of an Artist
Artist and Designer who celebrates great art past and present
Mike Winterbauer Artist
I enjoy creating new traditional paintings which are tied to my earlier work but I also continue creating new work in digital painting and combining digital painting with traditional painting. Recently, my work received worldwide attention after I self published my book Classic Game Covers about my experiences being an artist. It is an honest and humorous read about being an artist and how I created my art. The eBook is available for free from Blurb. In 2014, I was fortunate to have my work written up in Imagine FX magazine. The article explained the resurgence in popularity of my art.
Winterbauer Arts on display at Snoqualmie City Hall
My artwork was on display in two floors of Snoqualmie City Hall. The show was on display January 4, to April 4, 2019. This was a very exciting opportunity to get my personal artwork seen publicly on two floors of Snoqualmie City Hall. Shown here I am on the second floor standing in front of the paintings I did for the adventure book IF written by my wife Renee. You can get the beautiful eBook on Amazon.
Classic Game Covers, Confessions of An Art Junkie
This book is a must read for computer gamers and artists who enjoy classic cover art of some of their favorite games. The book is visually beautiful and showcases all the classic covers I painted between 1985 and 1994. It also describes what it was like getting the commissions and painting them. This is a fun read for any one interested in being an artist and wondering what it is like to create classic cover art for games and movies. Told candidly and with a sense of humor you can learn the nostalgic history behind these paintings and many of my other paintings not lost to the digital age. You can get the awesome softcover book on eBay.
IF: By Mike and Renee Winterbauer
My wife Renee and I created the award winning adventure book called IF. The book is fantastically illustrated by me and wonderfully written by Renee. This book is a great read for all ages and families, it is loaded with amazing illustrations on all pages. Discover the impossible quest of a middle-aged court jester named IF as he takes a journey to save his planet while battling his own personal mini-midlife crisis. The setting takes place on the planet Thera with a magical kingdom in the clouds. It is up to IF to find a way to save his beloved kingdom and Queen from a sinister fate. No one knows why the Rainbow of Stars is faltering and causing the planet to turn dark? As the story unfolds, IF makes unlikely alliances with a courageous and driven boy named Chance, the enigmatic and beautiful girl named Whisper, and the magical stallion named Bolt of Lightning. Through their undying love of their planet, unique courage and special talents, this mighty band of heroes joins together to answer the calling of, “What if?” Get a beautiful softcover book on eBay.
I am shown here repainting my iconic Power Blade painting for my very fun KickStarter Power Blade Art Portfolio! This Kickstarter raised funds to create awesome collectible prints for the iconic NES game Power Blade and show the process of repainting the cover. I actually recreated my classic Power Blade painting for this KickStarter! At each stage of the painting I showed and explained the creative process. This was a wonderful opportunity to see how classic traditional cover art is created. Checkout this cool Power Blade Art Portfolio 2020 KickStarter here!
This KickStarter was all about celebrating Wing Commander and it's cool fans!
In 1992, I said, "I can't believe I get to paint Wing Commander"
I put together this campaign to get Wing Commander fans a super cool collectible signed art book and awesome signed print rewards. This was a wonderful opportunity to pick up some fantastic Wing Commander collectibles all signed from the artist Mike Winterbauer.
The Wing Commander Art Portfolio is a beautiful 30 page hardback book, 11 x 9 inches, featuring the process of painting Wing Commander and all the cool print ads that used the painting. I have personally created the book and all rewards to ensure they reproduce my classic Wing Commander painting and logo as beautiful as possible!
The book is loaded with Wing Commander art and nostalgia!
Check out this cool Wing Commander Art Portfolio 2018 KickStarter here!
Kauai Dreaming KickStarter 2020 was a beautiful collection of my art works both traditional painting and digital painting done from my trips to the uniquely beautiful island of Kauai. This was a great opportunity to get awesome print rewards of one of the world's most beautiful places. The project was fully funded, check out the beautiful Kauai Dreaming KickStarter here!
I have created an awesome Art Prints Portfolio of the paintings I did for Solstice, Might and Magic, Power Blade and Wing Commander! The project featured amazing giclée prints and stunning new Limited Edition Metal Prints. The project was fully funded, check out the beautiful Classic Game Covers KickStarter here!
The goal of this campaign was to raise funds to get amazing print rewards to cool Might and Magic fans who enjoyed Clouds of Xeen and DarkSide of Xeen!
I was super excited to paint the covers, title art and maps for the iconic games Clouds of Xeen and DarkSide of Xeen 1992-93. I also created many cool drawings for both the games Manuals and Clue books. Here for the first time was a complete selection of prints of all the art I did for these two iconic games. The project was fully funded, check out the beautiful Might and Magic Art Prints KickStarter here!