Michael Bast Illustration

The illustration portfolio site of Michael Bast, Illustrator

Michael Bast Illustration

The illustration portfolio site of Michael Bast, Illustrator

From Start to Finish

There are projects that come along that are just a sheer pleasure to work on, And this one surely qualifies. Celestial Seasonings has been a fantastic company to work with. Really a dream come true for me. Last summer they asked me to work with three other...

Yeah, I can do “photo realistic”

I was asked to add the fire in this photo. It is next to impossible to photograph. I painted it entirely in Painter, and then exported to Photoshop. EXPO asked me to create an idealized view of their markers. The design needed a precise control of light...

Sweet Savannah

I made a trip to Savannah Georgia and was impressed at every turn. The public squares every 3 blocks or so with lovely live oak trees, Victorian brick architecture, & magnolia trees. I have also admired Martin Heade's Magnolia painting's for some time and...

Make Like a Tree

I designed some trees for a play production. I had a lot of help cutting leaves out of paper, and straitening coat hangers. Here are some photos of the work. This is a shot of the stage. It all starts with a drawing.

Pineapples are Cool

I have always thought pineapples were interesting, so being up against a deadline for an ad in The Workbook I chose a pineapple drawn from one my wife brought home from the store. But like most pineapples, the proportions were a little outlandish for my...

A Dream Job for Me

My wife would always hold up a Celestial Seasonings tea package and say, "honey you should be doing work for them". I would say, "yep, that would be the coolest". Thank God He heard my prayer and they called me and said they had wanted to work with me for...

Pecan Orchard Farm

The inspiration for this painting came from Grant Wood & Robin Moline. It was used for a pecan ice cream package background. This is my rough pencil sketch. Final pencil drawing with added tone in Painter. First pass of color in Painter. I like to build...