Archive for February, 2012

Michael Burton at Glenbrook South High School Art Fair

February 29, 2012

Glenbrook South High School will be hosting its very first Spring Boutique & Craft Fair at Glenbrook South High School on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 from 10:00 am. until 5:00 pm. The fair will be held in the school’s east cafeteria, Student Activities Center and in adjacent hallways. Catch me Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell) at the event with a booth/tables displaying and having art for sale

Glenbrook South High School

4000 W. Lake Ave. Glenview, IL 60026


Drawing The Foot Anatomy Re-Visited

February 28, 2012

This is the last installment of the mini anatomy studies on 8.5 x 11″ sketch paper. I used the Riven Phoenix method of general measuring and used Rubins anatomy figure drawing book to ge a more accurate depiction of the bones and muscles. The next stage will be to draw the human skeletons on larger paper; maybe 18×24″ to really get the smaller details that I would like to get to.

ZBrush Sculpture #3 Exploring Cartoon Chracters Head Shapes

February 24, 2012

Ok, I’m back in Zbrush sculpting cartoon characters. I started out by exploring various head shapes; from their I selected a couple out of the bunch and roughed out a few cartoon faces from the shapes. I kept the sculpture process simple and a little rough, in an attempt to build up my understanding and skill in the 3D program. As I make more time in my schedule, i will eventually get to do more detailed and polished work.

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My 2nd Zbrush 3D Sculpture Face

February 22, 2012

I decided to give another try at sculpting a face(almost human looking) in 3D using ZBrush 4. It’s still in rough mode but I thought I’d post it anyway. I definetly enjoy working and learning in the program without the don’t worry about messing up, or have to make something incredible or impressive attitude. My whole approach is to study ZBrush and other 3D programs at my leisure, while I continue to tackle and elevate my 2D drawing and painting mastery. The next zbrush sculpture will be a cartoon head, with a more simplified approach.

Art Flows Like Water Art Exhibit at Our World Under Water Expo

February 15, 2012

I am happy to announce my participation in a group art exhibition “Art Flows Like Water”

ART FLOWS LIKE WATER”    is an art exhibit featuring artists whose work focuses on Water Conservation both fresh and salt and it’s fauna.  The show is being curated by Chicago artist Michael Angelo Gagliardi.  The artists come from all parts of the USA but all share a deep love and dedication to our planets Oceans, lakes, rivers and springs.  The exhibit is sponsored by and is part of OUR WORLD-UNDERWATER the Midwest largest scuba dive industry expo.

February 17 – 19, 2012
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL

Check out the line up of artists participating in the exhibit at the link below.

Micahel Burton Art Exhibit at Classic Cinemas(North Riverside Mall Movie Theater)

February 4, 2012


FROM:  Falk Associates

847-675-2580                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Celebrate Black History Month

With North Riverside Mall Theatre’s

February Art Display

Chicago Artist To Display Work in Theatre Lobby

Throughout the Month of February



North Riverside, IL – Some artists illustrate the work of writers. Michael Burton “Urban Rockwell” handled both sides of the equation in “Let Me Paint a Picture,” a self-published book of stories and poems. Acrylic paintings and works of graphite on paper from that book are among the works he’ll be showing throughout the month of February 2012, Black History Month. Visitors to the North Riverside Mall Theatre, located at 7501 West Cermak Road, can see these along with examples of Burton’s earlier works on display in the lobby exhibit space.

Burton has been drawing and painting for most of his young life, and says he was inspired to become an artist by his late father Michael Burton, “the first artist I ever knew.” Burton began seriously pursuing art while recuperating from a cancer diagnosis. As an artist, he has a realistic, stylized approach; exploring various subject matter as well as different mediums.

“I love to capture the beauty of nature, landscapes, and illustrating the human figure in beautiful environments that tell thought provoking stories, Burton says. “I also believe that crafting art can change the world.”  Burton studied his craft at Olive Harvey Jr. College and the American Academy of Art. His work can also be seen at


Each month, the North Riverside Mall Theatre provides lobby space to display the works of local artisans. Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned company operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 13 theatres with 100 screens in 12 communities in the Chicagoland and northern Illinois area. For more information on Classic Cinemas or the North Riverside Mall Theatre, please visit

My first Z Brush Sculputure(in progress)

February 3, 2012

OK I’m pretty excited about working in ZBrush this time around. Last year I tried to work in the program but just had to much on my plate a the time. I wanted to really push my studies and skills forward in 2D drawing before I dived into 3D. I accomplished a lot staying focused on the 2D objectives(still learning), but I can relax my brain a little more and start learning ZBrush. For the past several weeks I’ve been watching a lot of Ryan Kingslien’s free previews of his courses at  I’ve learned a lot just from the 4-5 hours of watching him. It gave me the motive to just try it out,  to see how it works, and what I can come up with just ou of fun and curiosity.

Here are some snapshots of what I’ve come up with so far. Its nothing special, it’s not finished, and I don’t even really know what it is. The point is that I gave it a shot no matter the outcome. I plan to work on it further and eventually attempt to paint it.

Last notes ZBrush is a very powerful, fun, and versatile program great for entertainment, educational tools, etc., the possibilities are endless. I plan on taking some workshops to really get to know this program, as well as coninuing to build up my skills in concept art; at this pace I’ll be ready for a career change.