Mike Pouch Sings Your Favs!

APRIL FOOLS! “Mike Pouch Sings Your Favs!” is of course, not a real album and will not be sold for $9.99. I have not actually lost my mind.

The album can still be downloaded, though, and does contain some pretty funny covers!


Hello Fan!

You have DEMANDED it so it’s finally here! Mike Pouch Sings Your Favs – a collection of the greatest hits old and new as sung by me, Mike Pouch!

Mike Pouch Sings Your Favs!

Featured songs include Boom Clap by Charli XCX, Blow by Ke$ha, Firework by Katy Perry, Safe and Sound by Capital Cities, Same Old Love by Selena Gomez, Yeah by Usher, Lil Jon, and Ludacris, and many many more! Be sure to check out the album sampler on YouTube below!

This album is FREE for one day only, and then it jumps to $9.99 – so get it while supplies last! Pick up your copy today at the MP Store!

Thanks for all the support!

-MP

2016 Goals (Not Resolutions)

Hello and Good Day, Mike Pouch here!

Happy New Year everyone! I’m not the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions in the traditional sense, but rather, I like to use January as a time to reflect on the previous year and focus on setting goals for the new year.

Traditional resolutions are things like “I will go to the gym more” or “I will do a sketch a day”. The problem with these is that once you start going to the gym less than intended, or when you miss a day of sketching, you feel like you have failed your resolution, making it much easier to quit it. These resolutions often feel more like wishes. They are also hard to quantify (how much is ‘working out more’?).

New Year’s Goals, however, are things like “I will lose 15 pounds” or “I will release a 10 page comic book in print”. Because there is a real accomplishment in sight, even if you take a week off from working on this project, you can always get right back towards finishing it! These are much harder to fail, they are much more concrete, and they are completely quantifiable (you either finish it or you don’t).

So to practice what I preach, here is a list of projects I intend to finish this year. This is completely a sneak peek to my loyal blog readers and have not yet been announced anywhere else!

  • Wake OST – Now that ‘Five Years’ has finally been released, I’ve had an inch to finish and release other old albums that were very near completion but somehow fell by the wayside. Wake OST is a soundtrack I composed for a short film in 2009. While it’s been available to listen around various parts of the internet, it never got a proper release! I’ve already mixed all the music, finished the album cover, and have the files ready to go! Expect this in the next few weeks!
  • Dan Span – 7 – Dan Span’s seven deadly sins album that I produced, and yet another EP that was intended to be released in 2010. I made some very unique instrumentals for this and Dan Span recorded his vocals, but the final mixes never happened. The original artwork was unfortunately never completed either. I’ve already gone back into the old project files and have started working on the final mixes. I am also going to do eight illustrations for this, in the way I originally pictured the artwork looking. Intended release: late Feb-mid March.
  • Christmas Album 2016 – I released a Christmas album in 2008 and again in 2009. It was supposed to be a yearly tradition, but once again all music projects came to a halt in 2010. This one was originally intended to be released in 2014 and 2015, but it was not finished in time. I intend to work on this throughout the year so it’ll be ready for a December release!
  • The Missy’s – This is an unreleased punk album which I’ve written songs for; I’m keeping the rest of the details secret for now.
  • Mike Pouch – Solo Album – I have a lot of unfinished and unreleased songs. I intend to finish five songs towards this album, with the rest of the songs (and the album) looking at a 2017 release.
  • A First Time for Everything – [UPDATE – This was officially released on 3/10/16] – This is a ten page comic written by Benton Feight that I illustrated in late 2014. Once again, it’s available to read somewhere online, but never got a proper release!
  • Short four page robot comic – A one-off scene from an intended larger comic about the fear of technology.
  • Another ten page comic – I intend to write another 10 page comic, illustrate it, and release it by the end of the year.
  • “Introducing Horizon of the Unknown” – a 24-page printed version of the three comics above. Horizon of the Unknown is a comic book publisher I quietly started last year. This will be the official introductory issue that will be sold in local comic book shops!
  • LiterallyMindblowing – Continuing to post content to my site www.LiterallyMindblowing.com. At least one post a month, with the expansion of two new sections by the end of the year! This is certainly doable, as I did more than twelve similarly styled illustrations in one week! I intend to illustrate these in bulk.
  • A monthly blog post – I’ve written a lot of content for this blog that has not been released!
  • Three other illustration projects – I plan to submit artwork to be potentially used for a beer label, a local magazine, and a comic book cover.

I am sure other unexpected projects will arise as the year goes on, but this is the current projection. I may update this post throughout the year with links to projects as they get released! Good luck on your New Year’s Goals!

Until next time, enjoy life and keep creating!
Thanks for reading!

-MP

Attack on Titan (True 8-bit)

Hello and Good Day, Mike Pouch here!

I can’t believe it’s been three years since my last YouTube video! That being said, I’m back – this time with my 8-bit cover of the theme song from the popular animated TV show Attack On Titan! I have a few more 8-bit songs in the pipeline… one thing at a time though; watch the video here:

If you’d like, you can download an MP3 over at my chiptune page!

The ‘Titan’ theme was a suggestion by one of my YouTube subscribers named “Arch Angel.” While I have only seen the first episode, I am familiar with the show and with the theme song. With the live action trailer dropping last week, I knew it was a perfect time to make this! I also worked hard to learn how to create much better pixel art and step up my NES animation for this video. Check out my new intro and outro animation too!

Please make sure to leave a comment on the YouTube video to let me know what you think! And be on the lookout for the next chiptune jam!

Until next time, enjoy life and keep creating!
Thanks for reading!

-MP

Five Years EP is FINISHED!

Hello and Good Day, Mike Pouch here!

Big news for my long awaited ‘Five Years EP’!

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Mixing with Jeremy Simon at Viking Camel Studio in Sept: DONE.

Mastering House

Mastering with Tom at the Mastering House: DONE.

That’s right! The music portion of the album is finished and ready to be shipped!

All that is left to be done is the album artwork and then promotion (perhaps a music video for ‘The Littlest Kiss’ involving sticky notes…)!

Expect a mid-summer release.

Until next time, enjoy life and keep creating!
Thanks for reading!

-MP

Juggling Your Time and Necessary Sacrifices

Hello and Good Day, Mike Pouch here!

I briefly mentioned last week about how I’ve had success juggling creative pursuits between my work and family lives. This can be a very difficult thing to do, and takes a lot of discipline – I still struggle with this regularly. I hope you find this post inspiring, but also providing real practical advice.

At the time of writing, I work an 8:30-5:30 Monday-Friday office job. On top of that I am very actively planning my wedding in October, while still making the time to spend with Jewel doing non-wedding activities. Between work and home commitments, there is very little time for creative pursuits; if I wasn’t careful, it would all slip away!

One of the most important things you can do to be productive, is to have family support. This stems from being open and communicative about what your goals are, and what time you will need to accomplish them.

Work with your family to block out time for yourself, so they may respect you and give you the space you need.

Without communicating this, interruptions may happen more frequently, as the importance may not be understood. I am very fortunate to be marrying someone who is a creative herself, so it’s easy for her to understand when I need to work on something. We both work to block out time to spend with each other, while also blocking out time to spend doing our own separate projects. Everybody’s family situation is different, but communication is key.

As for finding the time, there is no such thing as ‘finding the time’. We are experts at filling up every last ounce of our days with ‘stuff’. Instead of ‘finding the time’, we need to ‘make the time’.

‘Finding the time’ is looking for a gap in our day to fill with creative work, while ‘making the time’ is taking an active role to create those gaps!

Unfortunately this often requires making some serious sacrifices! To note: this does not include sleep; losing sleep will only hurt your productivity in the end, and you’ll eventually end up playing catch up anyway, therefore not gaining any extra time. The only exception to that is if you have a deadline to meet, and you have time blocked out afterwards to catch up. There is no excuse to miss sleep regularly.

So what can you sacrifice? The first thing is time wasters, the things that absolutely don’t matter. Some things include: endlessly scrolling through social media news feeds, browsing Reddit, watching TV/Netflix, playing games that have no clear goal in mind, and I’m sure you know your own personal one that I did not mention. And I’m not saying you can’t watch some TV, or play some games, but make sure you put a limit on how much time you put towards them. I am saying you can’t scroll through your Facebook newsfeed, no good ever comes from that.

Now for the big one – you may need to sacrifice you friends (not Aztec style though.) This is a hard thing for a lot (most?) people to do. If you find yourself hanging out every night, or often going to parties and events on the weekends – this will eat up precious time. I’m not telling you to give up all your friends, just the frequency at which you spend with them. This often involves saying ‘no’ to things you want to do, and events you would love to attend. Some of your friends may get angry with you; you may even lose a few. But if you are clear about why you need to spend less time, and they are still angry – it is clear they don’t respect you or your art, and sadly they may not be worth your time.

As you grow up, you’ll need to make choices on what is important to you -love/family, friends, money, or your creative pursuits. It is rare to have time for all of these. I want to leave you with a poem “You Want a Social Life, with Friends” by Kenneth Koch.

“You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
To work hard every day. What’s true
Is of these three you may have two
And two can pay you dividends
But never may have three.

There isn’t time enough, my friends–
Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends–
To find the time to have love, work, and friends.
Michelangelo had feeling
For Vittoria and the Ceiling
But did he go to parties at day’s end?

Homer nightly went to banquets
Wrote all day but had no lockets
Bright with pictures of his Girl.
I know one who loves and parties
And has done so since his thirties
But writes hardly anything at all.”

Until next time, enjoy life and keep creating!
Thanks for reading!

-MP

The Future of the MikePouch.com Blog

Hello and Good Day, Mike Pouch here!

I’ve been bursting with creative energy as of late, so where to begin?

First off, the MikePouch.com blog is being restructured with a more defined focus.  The purpose will be to explore the creative process. I have a lot of passion for music, art, illustration, design, theatre, film, dance, etc… of course with the finished work, but also what it takes to get there. I will be exploring many avenues of creativity, through my own projects, interviews with other creatives, occasional tutorials, as well as sharing videos, blogs, and podcasts that have inspired me. With the content I provide, I hope to inspire the creators in us all!

There will also be occasional news and announcements (like today!) So besides the blog update, what else is going on?

I just finished illustrating a 10-page comic book! My local comic book shop, “Uncanny” (formerly “Comics and More”), at the King of Prussia mall, is in the early stages of self-publishing their own works! Their first release is ‘Five Deals, One Devil,’ a collection of stories about people making deals with the devil. I contributed to “A First Time For Everything” written by Benton Freight; a story about how a Neanderthal meets face to face with the ‘big man downstairs’. I never realized how much work is involved with illustrating a comic, but enjoyed every last bit of it (besides flatting, maybe!), and I’m thrilled with the results! I plan on doing a blog series showing each step of the process, from thumbnails, to research, to designs, to penciling, inking, flatting, coloring, and lettering! I will also keep you posted about when this goes to print, of course!

On the music front, big announcement coming soon about the too-long-on-the-backburner Five Years EP! Stay tuned!

And lastly, I’m getting married in 51 days to a lovely (and absolutely incredibly creative) fiancee, Jewel. I’ve surprised myself that I was able to finish illustrating a comic, write and record a lot of music, while working a 40+ hour job and being fully involved in our wedding planning! Between Jewel and I, there is a lot of design and craft going into the wedding, which I will be happy to share with you!

Jewel and Mike Engagement Photo

Until next time, enjoy life and keep creating!
Thanks for reading!

-MP

Deviant Art

Hello!

I just wanted to let you know that I now have a DeviantArt page open to display my drawings and whatnot!!

http://mikepouch.deviantart.com/

I’m going to start posting all sorts of sketches and illustraions (and maybe even some paintings!) on there. I’ll try to maintain a ‘best of’ on the ‘Art’ tab on here as well.

Enjoy!

-Pouch!

Little Black Sketchbook

Here are some images from a small sketchbook of mine.


I hope to post a few of my other sketchbooks and artwork onto this blog as well! Enjoy!
-Pouch!

Song Inspiration – Santigold’s ‘The Keepers’

I just discovered Santigold’s new album has been released, so I decided to check it out last night. While there are quite a few good tracks, ‘The Keepers’ stood out quite strongly to me.

It’s a fun, catchy song. While I think the melody on the verses are not the strongest, it makes the contrast of the chorus all the more exciting! As well, I love the joyful/ironic singing of ‘our houses burning down’. Enjoy!

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By the way, if you haven’t checked out Santigold’s (previously ‘Santogold’) self titled debut, you should do so! Most importantly the songs:
‘Creator’ (LOVE THIS SONG!!! Really insane and inspiring song!!!),
‘You’ll Find A Way (Switch/Sinden remix)’ (I love the crazy buildup in this one!), and
‘Lights Out’ (a simple, light/catchy song.)

-Pouch!

Coming Soon: Random Creative Projects

Hello long lost friends,

I’ve been doing/have done a lot of random creative projects (custom cakes, designed a calendar, homemade Halloween costumes, etc…), and I’ve decided to start posting them on here – probably mostly short entries, but it’ll help keep this blog alive! …So be on the lookout!

-Pouch!

                       
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