Seattle Met - Camping Feature

On newsstands now, new conceptual portrait work for Seattle Met featuring Katy Nuttman and Reed Larson of Jet City Improv. 

Bug Spray, 2016. Reed Larson, talent. Sara D'Eugenio, art direction. Zach Vitale, retouching. 

Bug Spray, 2016. Reed Larson, talent. Sara D'Eugenio, art direction. Zach Vitale, retouching. 

Camping 101, 2016.   Katy Nuttman, talent. Sara D'Eugenio, art direction. Zach Vitale, retouching.

Camping 101, 2016.   Katy Nuttman, talent. Sara D'Eugenio, art direction. Zach Vitale, retouching.

Bear Lake, 2016. Katy Nuttman and Reed Larson, talent. Sara D'Eugenio, art direction. Zach Vitale, retouching.

Bear Lake, 2016. Katy Nuttman and Reed Larson, talent. Sara D'Eugenio, art direction. Zach Vitale, retouching.

Had a blast shooting this; you can check out the video below which features some of my initial ideation that yielded two characters - Oculus Bro and Segway Gal - who never got out to see the light of day. 

Up top here, a fun idea that would've had a bear ransacking the campers' backpacks while they contracted guardia from the stream they sipped from.  

Page from a 2016 sketchbook from Michael Clinard. 

Page from a 2016 sketchbook from Michael Clinard. 

The lower doodle shows a version of Oculus Bro being unable to see two bear backpackers who've hidden themselves in the tree so as not to tip the humans off that they, too, enjoyed getting a little mountain air in the lungs. 

Oculus Bro and Segway Gal observe Smokey the Bear with Fire, 2016. Sketch by Michael Clinard.  

Oculus Bro and Segway Gal observe Smokey the Bear with Fire, 2016. Sketch by Michael Clinard.  

More soon,

Mikey

Adweek - Twitter turns Ten

Always a blast lending the vision to the folks of Adweek; they approached me about baking a cake for Jack Dorsey's brainchild, Twitter, on the occasion of it turning ten years old

Initial sketches for Margo Braha of Adweek. Seen here, rough direction featuring a Twitter-type bluebird in a boardroom hovering over his birthday cake. Drawing by Michael Clinard, 2016. 

Initial sketches for Margo Braha of Adweek. Seen here, rough direction featuring a Twitter-type bluebird in a boardroom hovering over his birthday cake. Drawing by Michael Clinard, 2016. 

Margo essentially knew what she was after, but it took a certain level of collaboration over the final few days in leading up to delivery of the project that it really took shape.  

Initial sketch of Twitter-themed birthday cake. Drawing by Michael Clinard, 2016.  

Initial sketch of Twitter-themed birthday cake. Drawing by Michael Clinard, 2016.  

Here's another:

Semifinal direction for Adweek Twitter birthday cake cover. Drawing by Michael Clinard, 2016.  

Semifinal direction for Adweek Twitter birthday cake cover. Drawing by Michael Clinard, 2016.  

And then Margo was like: 

Screen grab of my iPhone for retouching Prince of Darkness, Zach Vitale.  

Screen grab of my iPhone for retouching Prince of Darkness, Zach Vitale.  

And me and Vitale were like: 

Screen grab of my iPhone correspondence with Margo Braha, Adweek Photo Editor.  

Screen grab of my iPhone correspondence with Margo Braha, Adweek Photo Editor.  

And then they were like:

Screen grab of iPhone of current Adweek cover in my iBooks application.  

Screen grab of iPhone of current Adweek cover in my iBooks application.  

Here's the opener made based on the sketch seen above. 

iPhone pic of iMac meant to show Vitale the cup that I made red.  

iPhone pic of iMac meant to show Vitale the cup that I made red.  

Excited to share more news and the like very soon! Crazy stuff en route!!

They say having a rep...

...is a lot like being married. Uh huh, I guess?

Having only known the healthy marriage I enjoy with my wife, I truly didn't believe the comparison until a saint appeared and offered her hand. 

Michelle offering to ship me dinner via text, 2016. 

Michelle offering to ship me dinner via text, 2016. 

While I'm bummed about NOT getting to enjoy a salad shipped from NYC, I am extremely happy to announce that I've teamed with Michelle Bablitz of Saint Lucy Represents.

Michelle will now aid in helping me produce the unique style of conceptual photography I dream up for a steady-growing list of commercial clients and brands.

With a few advertising projects under our belt, her fiercely confident approach to production has already helped a few creatives put to rest any qualms he/she might have had about working with a photographer's rep.

Honestly, she's a different classification. Kind of like me; why put a name on it.

For now,

Mike

The Consequences of Hanging with Dad, 2016

My beautifully-sensitive daughter, Zana, is ten and a half months old now; I love spending time with her as she explores her surroundings.  

Zana Clinard, 2016. Photo by Michael Clinard.  

Zana Clinard, 2016. Photo by Michael Clinard.  

She's in that wonderous transition from crawling to walking, and I just want to report that 'yes, it does go by in a flash.' 

Actual potent photography business updates in the coming days, too. 

Mike

Self-portrait as Stars and Line, 2015

I've been developing a new self-portrait project over the last few weeks that's had me out in this moonlight.

Self-portrait of the artist, Michael Clinard, working en plein air, December 31st, 2015.

Self-portrait of the artist, Michael Clinard, working en plein air, December 31st, 2015.

As such, you could say that I've been recalibrating my vision on a number of levels.

Consider this image a better visual representation of the many forms I now inhabit moving into 2016.

Forever yours in the war, 

Mikey

Sensei Jeff West on Portrait Simmer 🔮📷

This man was my first portrait crush. 

Portrait artist Jeff West shot in 2013 at Jimmy Alford Studios in Memphis, TN. 

Portrait artist Jeff West shot in 2013 at Jimmy Alford Studios in Memphis, TN. 

He could mold the smug straight out of a 17 year-old and return a mother to her little lady or man in the span of that half-hour portrait sitting.

Merely witnessing his method caused such a state of entrancement that one would swear he was a hypnotist. It'd be unfair of me to expose Jeff's many gifts; all I can say is that I'm happy to have been under his tutelage for the span of a few months after my time at Memphis College of Art.

As I reflect upon all the many gifts bestowed upon me, I've been thinking about previous teachers and mentors that had a positive influence upon my calling. Stay tuned in 2016 as I reveal more on my storied path to the commercial and fine art photography profession. 

More soon,
Mikey

Two short audio visual pieces to describe the vibe, 2015.

Spent an absolutely magical Thanksgiving holiday in Scottsdale, AZ going deaf with close family members in this acoustically-superior minivan. **WARNING - THIS IS A VERY LOUD AND TRILL LOOK INTO THE DARK MAGIC OF HAVING KIDS. ADJUST MINDS AND DECIBEL LEVELS ACCORDINGLY FOR THE NEXT THIRTY SECONDS.**

Lastly, here's a serious darkstep track I recorded in open air last night off of a water pail since even the rain got spirits where we living.

Fridays with Zana, 2015.  

Fridays with Zana, 2015.  

The montage below showcases some of the time-based, self-portrait studies I've been debuting on my social media channels.

These portrait studies are made in-camera with various materials that hold a certain personal and familial significance to the artist. I've been working out some bracketing techniques on my Hasselblad medium format digital system over the last couple months, but I'm now ready to exercise the approach out in the field. In the coming weeks, I intend to start proofing the project in 4x5 color transparency and black and white sheet film with an array of technical box cameras and pinholes. 

Forever DARKSTEPPIN'

Mikey