Mikey's Blog

CORALINE Vinyl Soundtrack

I’m thrilled to be a part of Mondo‘s release of CORALINE on deluxe limited edition vinyl. It was a honor to work on – I love the 2009 stop-motion film and I’ve always been a fan of the the works of LAIKA Animation Studios.

Check out the artwork below and sample a track from the score. More pictures to come.

Photos courtesy of Mondo

Riley Stewart Photography

Riley Stewart is a good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of the best photographers I know. Check out some of his work.

I’ve always been drawn to his thought provoking style. His photographs are charming, imaginative and often times emotional.

I think what I like best about Riley’s skill set, is his ability to capture real moments that reveal so much personality of the subject.

This past January, I hit him up to get a new head shot for my recent feature in Applied Arts.

The photo above is the one we ended up using for the article, but below are a few others taken the same day.

I work with Riley any time that I can. Heck, he even shot my wedding!

If you’d like to see more of Riley’s work, check out his websiteFacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Hire him. He’s amazing.

G1988 + Cartoon Network Adventure Time

Stoked to be a part of Gallery 1988‘s official Cartoon Network Adventure Time art show.

Even more stoked that my poster made the flyer!

I went a bit crazy with their arms; which is exactly what my favourite thing is about the show: Finn & Jake’s NOODLE ARMS!

Noodle Arms
18 x 24″ Screen Print
Numbered edition of 35
$60

It’s the first poster I’ve designed after quite some time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. The show opens on April 3rd, 2014. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out!

The Comeback Kid

I’m excited and humbled to be featured in an article called ‘The Comeback Kid’ in the latest issue of Applied Arts Magazine for winning my second AACE award.

It was somewhat of a personal interview focused around my struggles with balance; and how I’ve learned how important it is to slow down, take a break, and enjoy life outside of work.

As designers/artists, we are always on the hunt for the next big project. But don’t be afraid to turn opportunities down. Rest. Relax. Recharge. Read a book (that’s not about design). You, and your work, can benefit from it.

Pick up the magazine to read the full article.

Ad Rodeo Anvil Awards

I’m excited and honoured to be a judge at this year’s Ad Rodeo – a celebration of the best design and advertising work from Calgary, Alberta. Lucky winners take home an Anvil award. Awesome, right?

 

Bueller?… Bueller?

2012 was a great year. I participated in various art shows; created posters for Mondo, Acme Archives and DHM; attended New York Comic Con for a poster signing; and even managed to win a few awards. I was really killing it.

Enter 2013.

Vanish.

Anyone?

Bueller?… Bueller?

It’s been close to a full year since I’ve released any new artwork.

So what’s the deal? Where have I been?

Truth be told: I needed the break.

I didn’t recognize the signs at the time, but I started to burn myself out. The toll of working so many ‘side projects’ while simultaneously working advertising contracts caught up with me.

What started as a hobby, suddenly grew into a second full-time job.

Design. Print. Sign. Pack. Mail. Repeat.

I was working ALL the time. It became too much for me to handle by myself.

Subsequently, I backed out of all art shows and poster commitments.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to design posters for a living; but sadly, this avenue of my career never reached the point where it could pay for all the bills.

That’s not to say 2013 has been a quiet year; on the contrary. I actually managed to cross off two major milestones: I got married and bought a house. Now on weekends, instead of crushing it on my computer, I’m crushing my wallet at Home Depot.

I’ve also taken the time to explore different avenues of my career.

Over the summer, I took on a Design Director role at Tribal DDB. I managed a design team on digital projects for brands like McDonalds, AVEENO and Canadian Tire. It was a huge learning experience.

Recently, I came back to work with my friends at Juniper Park. I’m on various accounts, including eos, where I’ve been designing patterns and illustrations for different types of packaging (dedicated post to come).

Do I miss art shows and licensed posters? Definitely.

Will I get back into it in the near future? Absolutely.

In fact, I have a handful of ideas that are waiting to come to life; including one big idea that is starting to take shape.

That being said, 2014 is quickly approaching. I look forward to starting a new year with something that I lost focus of: BALANCE.

I want to continue to explore different paths of this crazy industry, but more importantly, I want to live. I need to make more time for myself; to relax and recharge, to read a book or two, and spend more time with family and friends.

Ferris Bueller said it best:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Scott Kenneth Freethy

Last month, Scott Kenneth Freethy lost his battle to cancer. Scott was a talented actor/singer/songwriter that never got tired of performing. Shaun and I will forever remember him as an ambitious, passionate, and caring friend. My deepest condolences go out to all of his family and loved ones.

I was honoured to be asked to design his booklet for his memorial service. Hopefully I’ve made him proud.

For those who knew Scott, be sure to come celebrate his life tomorrow.

Celebration of Life: Scott Freethy
Date: July 8th, 2013
Time: 7pm-9pm for Memorial Service; 9pm-2am for the Celebration
Venue: Eglinton Grand at 400 Eglinton Ave. Toronto

RIP Scott.
xox