9/19/10

circus silkscreens




Sorry I haven't been posting a whole lot lately but I've been super busy. I've been working on some pretty cool things, and hopefully I'll be able to post them in the near future.

Anyway,I did these silkscreens a while back for a gallery show I had here in Cleveland. I tried to capture the feeling of the illustrations I loved so much as a kid-keeping the colors a little more muted and dark. Mixing ink for silkscreening is still kind of a guessing game for me. The colors always darken considerably when dry, so I never know exactly how it will look until the last color is applied.

The lion and the zebra were done in editions of thirty, and I made twenty of the larger circus tents. There are still some available.

50 comments:

damon said...

wow super cool

Tamara Henderson said...

Really great work and I love the color choices!

salli s. swindell said...

the palette is superb. the styling superb. the composition superb. dang, michael everything you do is always superb.

genie espinosa said...

great work! i really liked it a lot!! love the "vintage" look!! congrats!

Rico said...

Theses are great -- always wanted to try my hand at silk screening... never got round to it.

Mikelodigas said...

Oh you are back and whit so great things, i like them to much!

See you.

Nearchos said...

Love those colors! Nice work mate!

Carla said...

Beautiful work. I do love prints..and I like the circus tents the best.

Nur said...

Very beautiful! I specially like the zebra girl...

Jmontiel said...

I love this series of circus. You used an array of brilliant colors.
Greetings friend!

justdoodleit said...

Beautiful! The muted colors have a good retro feel!

Brad said...

gorgeous!

DSM said...

YES... I time-tripped immediately when I saw the lion.

Thierry Cattant said...

Magnifique!

Horacio said...

I love that lion!
and the zebra lines are so elegant!!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OH my goodness I am in love! This is so fantastic. YOU WOULD MAKE MARY BLAIR SO PROUD!!! This is awesome dude. Email me and let me know how much the print cost. I would like to purchase one. Artworkbymsv@yahoo.com

Ian T. said...

Wow, classic and completely classy. The use of flat colours to determine shapes is so captivating and underused, but you've mastered it completely. I love Zebra Girl in particular!

FRANK M HANSEN said...

Awesome. I love these. So great that these are available as silkcreens.

Roger Simó said...

Great result. Love the color.

Vincent Desjardins said...

Michael, these are incredible. You've really managed to capture the look of mid-century children's book illustrations. I'm not sure which is my favorite, I love them all.

shelby healey said...

These are stunning. You have such a fabulous style and I love these colours together!

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!

Put all the comments together - and you have mine ;:OD)
have a nice week...

Jack Foster said...

Wow! These are cool Michael! Love the retro feel and the lighting... especially in the Zebra print. Great stuff... can't wait to see what you've been working on. Take care!

Jason Dove said...

Superb, as always! The shaping of the characters and objects and great. My favorite is the "Zebra Girl."

psychopooch said...

Made me nostalgic for the books I grew up on. Wish I could have seen these in person. Love all of them!

life without novacaine said...

Wow, that's all I can say. I so love all of them but am really drawn to the roller coaster. You say you have some available... where? I might like to purchase one!

I really admire all your work... you are so talented!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! these are awesome!!!

Abz said...

Excellent work and beautiful colours as always man- you're really inspiring! :D

Shravani.Arts said...

like you illo style...very nice!

Francisco Martins said...

Whoa!!! Michael, I'm even more impressed then the usual - and I'm always totally, completely impressed by your work... I love these! The characters are so cool and the colour palette is so amazing, I love this combination of colours... you are the BEST!
Congrats for your Gallery show by the way! :)

Cheers buddy!

Gabriele Antonini said...

Oh, i like so much you use purple backgrounds with green details...it's a perfect match
Gabriele

donny* said...

These are gorgeous, Michael. Magnificent colors. Would love to have the circus tents on my wall.

Gavin Goo said...

I love these Michael! I love how the textures turned out and the borders around the illustrations really add character to the overall feel.

Really great works! :)

Glen Batoca said...

Hi Michael!
Genial!I love it!
Abraços do Brasil!

Tomás Serrano said...

The lion is fantastic, but the last is my favorite. It´s the whole circus there! And the colors are perfect!

matt dawson said...

Magnificent! Whether by accident or intention the muted colour palette really does have that retro 50's kids book feel to it. I'm in awe that these are 'real world' hand prints and not the 'safe' world of digital. Makes me want to take the plunge too. Have you bought all the kit, and recommendations on do's and don'ts of how to start...?I wonder, did you work out the design and separations in digital first...?

Thanks so much for buying a copy of the book. I really hope you find it worth the wait! Let me have your postal address via my website "contact" email. There's something I'd like to send you sir.

R.Dress said...

My wife and I love how your digital illustrations have a "print" quality to them and now to see these silk screens is such a treat! Keep up the great work:)

String said...

I love these! Great colours and styling.

Shirley said...

Super duper awesome, Michael! I am so late to visit, but I am floored by this. Gorgeous, gorgeous work!!

Lynn :-) said...

love the color palettes in these - thanks for the inspiration ♥ u rock!

Cheryl Lynn said...

These are fabulously fabulous! The colors are beautiful and I love the circus theme.

Marvelous!

Valerie Drake said...

Amen to the color! Great illustrations too!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Michael I would like to make a purchase. Let me know how much they are please? thanks so much.
V

Gorillustrator said...

These silkscreens are great. Love the colour pallette. Ive not been here for a while and theres plenty of great stuff to see. Love the tea party piece!

Francisco Martins said...

Hey Michael,
THANK YOU buddy! Your comments always make me smile :)

Looking forward to see your new piece! :)

Andrew Finnie said...

Nice to see you posting again! Still it's good to get some work done eh? Silk screening - it's all a mystery to me! :)

IllaT said...

ohmygod I love your works! I'll immediately add you into my favorites :D
greeeeeetingsss

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I am loving my Lion print and can't wait to have it framed. It's beautiful Michael. Thanks for getting it to me so fast. I appreicate it. It's going to treasured forever. Many hugs to you.
V

jazzlamb said...

I absolutely love the colors they look so gorgeous!

Lisa Graves said...

Dahhhhhling. These are EPIC. I am in love with the palette and texture in the Lion's mane.

Got your autograph... made my whole day! Meeting Salli and Nate was pretty damn cool too.