What link could you imagine between Paul Simon and High on Fire ?M83 and Fu Manchu ? Difficult to say, isn't it ? Well it is definitly a wide range of music styles, as wide as Mike's drawing skills. Just take a look at the first and last poster on this post, would you guess it is the same drawer ? Definitly I wanted to have Mike on the blog, here he is, just for you !!!
listening to when we come to visit you?
Kavinsky, Red Fang, M83 and The Black Angels. My iTunes library is always on shuffle.
Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from,
what do you do?
I was born and raised in San Jose, California and currently live in Seattle, Washington.
I'm a graphic designer by trade with my full time day job. On the side, I freelance and design
concert posters and art prints. I also screen print everything myself.
When did you start drawing?
Did you follow any course or did you improve by drawing in the margins
of your schoolbooks?
probably do something that interests me a bit more. A trip to the art department provided clarity for what i wanted
to do with the rest of my life.
Today are you living from your art, or do you do something else for a living ?
(well at least not public ones)
Are you collaborating with magazines/fanzines, regularly?
Where does your influence come from? Is there any artists/graphists
you particularly like, what are your influences?
What are the principal steps in your work ?
Lately I've been picking up the pencil a lot more and actually sketching my own work.
Sometimes I use my own photography, but mostly create everything in Illustrator.
Do you do everything by hand or on computer?
How long does it take you to do a poster?
You have a very distinctive style, are you doing only what you feel
like or if tomorrow somebody asks you an oil painting with horses
running out of water with a sunset backdrop, is it a problem or are
you up for it ?
I try and please my clients to the best of my ability.
For which band have you already worked for?
Ratatat, Ghostland Observatory, Minus the Bear, Kinski, Amon Tobin
Do you choose the artists yourself?
Every once in a while I'll get asked to create a poster for a band that I'm not too familiar with.
What is the most difficult part in designing a poster ?
Do you think you are part of a "Graphic Scene", if so who else ?
You will attend Flatstock 2012, is it the first time you take part of
such an event ? What are you expecting from it ?
A bit of self-promotion, take advantage of it, it's free, where can we
see your work , on the web or in real life?
The best praise you received lately?
lost out on the bidding.
What can we wish you for the future?
Thanks for answering my questions and see you soon on the website !!