The Vampire's Kiss

In case poetic devices fall outside your lookout post, I'm likening Fatherhood to being undead, ya dig? 

The point I'm making is that with three kids (or hell) with one kid even, you're not yourself. You're changing and doing things you've never felt yourself doing before, saying and feeling the things only you mortals feel.

But I'm undead now, so what gives? 

More soon,

#FarutDad Michael Clinard

This Darkness

I'm mesmerized by your ice blue blood my love. 

Tala Mae as 4.75 year-old vampire. Photo by Dad, Michael Clinard. 

Tala Mae as 4.75 year-old vampire. Photo by Dad, Michael Clinard. 

Blanched and in black, I'll walk within whatever meadow you choose for us. 

To the one who made me Daddy with your Vampire 💋, I'll remain forever yours in the darkness.

#☕️ for Creatives

I'm up at 5am most mornings (8am Eastern time) while the rest of the crew really wakes at 7. 

The Morning Cup, 2016. A photo by Michael Clinard.  

The Morning Cup, 2016. A photo by Michael Clinard.  

Being Seattle, no one's really going until they've had their morning ☕️, but it takes a sunrise and high altitude air with a nip in it to really get me going. 

More soon, 

Mikey

The Artist as I

I'm drawing a lot and working on a new NYC portfolio for my rep, Michelle Bablitz, of Saint Lucy Represents.  

Preparatory sketch for continuing film portraits, 2016. Seen here, Homa Khalatbary, mother of friend, Leyla.  

Preparatory sketch for continuing film portraits, 2016. Seen here, Homa Khalatbary, mother of friend, Leyla.  

In between the winnowing diaper changes, I'm pulling new imagery for that book and slowly adding to a stockpile of shot, 4x5 fujichrome. 

Image from ongoing, self-portrait project entitled, I (kinda) look like this now, 2016.  

Image from ongoing, self-portrait project entitled, I (kinda) look like this now, 2016.  

Keeping a few longform projects active, too; I mention all this only because my blog prose has changed both in style and length since the kiddos have come along.

Portrait of the artist as a young man, Trevor Crump, 2016. Photo by Michael Clinard.   

Portrait of the artist as a young man, Trevor Crump, 2016. Photo by Michael Clinard.   

As I grow as an artist and father, I'm often prone to this kind of transparency nowadays. 

A quick Sunday update for all. 

More soon, 

Mikey

The Consequences of Hanging with #Dad, 2016

Will be shooting 4x5 film this week for a personal project I've had in mind for quite some time. I've been developing the light and exposure times over the last 6-7 months as time allows between commissioned projects and new home work. 

Zana Clinard, the daughter of Seattle artist, Michael Clinard proclaiming to the world her vision. 

Zana Clinard, the daughter of Seattle artist, Michael Clinard proclaiming to the world her vision. 

Seen here, the artist's daughter, Zana Clinard, being my stand-in model. 

Photographic still from ongoing personal project entitled, The Consequences of Hanging with Dad, 2016. Seen above, Zana Clinard at 16 months. 

Photographic still from ongoing personal project entitled, The Consequences of Hanging with Dad, 2016. Seen above, Zana Clinard at 16 months. 

More soon, 

Mike

First Solo Show in a clip, 2016

Happy to share news that I'll be showing work later this year in Iowa.

Prepatory sketch for upcoming one-man show at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  

Prepatory sketch for upcoming one-man show at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  

Did this doodle to kind of get the creative juices flowing as I continue to explore my arts roots. 

More soon, 

Mikey 

Field Work, 2016

Will forever be in the field experimenting with light and reflection. 

Beyond that, I'll soon be sharing new exceptionally-lit portraits, campaigns and editorial features and assignments coming over the next two weeks.  

Photo by Arno Clinard whilst helping Pops make a half-wall for a countertop, 2016.  

Photo by Arno Clinard whilst helping Pops make a half-wall for a countertop, 2016.  

Just have a few honey-do's round the new casa. 

Stat tuned,

Mikey

#TearsheetTuesday Fortune 500 Cover

Got these in the post today, AIR MAIL!! Thanks for the tip Bulldog News

International print edition of the 2016 Fortune 500 featuring cover art by Michael Clinard Photography.  

International print edition of the 2016 Fortune 500 featuring cover art by Michael Clinard Photography.  

More soon,

Mikey

Clinard Flooring LLC

You may one day read here how I left it all to chase a career in hardwood floor refinishing, pulling a Malkovich when he decided to leave acting for puppetry in the film by Spike Jonze.

Me as John Malkovich when he was a puppeteer, 2016. Screengrab from http://www.hotflick.net/pictures/big/999BJM_John_Malkovich_007.html

Me as John Malkovich when he was a puppeteer, 2016. Screengrab from http://www.hotflick.net/pictures/big/999BJM_John_Malkovich_007.html

A couple months back, it felt like a calling after spending the better part of two months playing contractor on a home purchase that needed a few fix-ups.

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What started as a lighthearted comedy, slowly morphed to PG-13 thriller. A comedy of errors would then yield full-blown, psychological tour de force. Imagine your orator as a mix between Leatherface (if he knew how to use a toe kick saw), Chevy Chase in National Lampoons and a bit of Jack from The Shining. 

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A kitchen subfloor rebuild at some point during the house's lifetime claimed my soul and spit me out as a new battle-hardened contractor.

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Know it's been a veritable John Cage concerto from me. 

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I'll be updating the site over the course of the holiday. Keep a look out for sweeping changes.

Mikey

A Fortune 500 Cover made of wires, 2016.

Eternal thanks to Armin Harris and Mia Diehl for convincing the good folks at Microsoft to leave the lights on long enough for me to reorganize a few wires for Fortune magazine's annual 500 issue. 

International print edition of the Fortune 500 cover. Photo by Michael Clinard for Fortune Magazine. Photo Editor, Armin Harris; Retouching, Zach Vitale. 

International print edition of the Fortune 500 cover. Photo by Michael Clinard for Fortune Magazine. Photo Editor, Armin Harris; Retouching, Zach Vitale. 

Each year, the issue showcases some of the most creative illustrators and photographers practicing today; it was an absolute honor to be tapped to lend my style to the canon if only for this brief moment.

Table of Contents page, U.S. print edition of the Fortune 500 Cover for 2016.  

Table of Contents page, U.S. print edition of the Fortune 500 Cover for 2016.  

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates on this and other new projects.

Mike

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!!