Swedish artist Mike S. Mall have been painting casually off and on most of his
adult life, alongside career and family. After
years of sketching and drawing,
even trying acrylic painting for a while, he moved to oil
he felt confident enough to work in this
A lifelong fan of comic books and
American superhero characters, Mike's
vision was to create
large versions of the fine ink & pen drawings
once featured on
so many great comic book covers.
About oil painting
An oil painting needs to be built up on many
semi-transparent layers of paint
and brush strokes. Every brush
stroke is additive towards the end result
in some way, shape or
Should the artist not be satisfied with any part of
the ongoing work which
happens quite a bit, it can always be
corrected by wiping the paint off,
or wait until it is completely
dry and start over.
This is all part of the process and to discover
what works and what not.
This technique differ from the one used to create an ink &
pen drawing, as
oil painting is an art that requires patience
and perseverance and progress
can be painfully slow, however,
this ensures the artwork's integrity
as consistency, durability
and quality is unsurpassed.
The images below show the fascinating process in the creation of Mike's
From sketch to layer after layer, one can see
painting gradually comes to life.