Many of you have asked us when Mike Klay's popular design "two birds" will be available for our iPad 2 case, and the answer is now! His design has been a long time favorite on our bamboo iPhone 4 cases. The intricate branches look even better stretching across our leather iPad cover. Check out the short interview with Mike below and be sure to browse his other work at PowerSlideDesign.
Please give us a brief bio and description of your work.
I'm originally from San Jose, CA and currently reside in Seattle where it doesn't rain as often as people may think. I design and silk screen art prints and concert posters. My work consists of sleek patterns, rough textures and vector shapes without complicating things. I also take on other freelance projects to keep things fresh.
What inspires you?
The great outdoors. Nothing gets the brain flowing more than open spaces with views.
What medium do you prefer to work in?
I'm a vector man, Illustrator is my friend.
What's in your artists toolkit?
A sketchbook, pencils, pens, a macbook & iMac, some emulsion, screens, ink & squeegees.
What's your work space like?
I print in my garage, pack tubes with prints in my basement, and draw everywhere else.
Can you walk us through your typical work day?
Not really. Every day is different. I do have a day job though, so that's pretty much the same Monday-Friday.
Who are some of your influences?
My fellow poster artists on gigposters.com. Some of the most talented individuals creating art on the planet right now.
Does music influence your work? If so, what are some of your favorites?
As a seasoned concert poster artist, I usually ask myself just one question before starting on a design for a certain band. What does the music look like? If I follow this recipe, I usually end up creating something that works really well.
Bloc Party w/Menomena (19" x 25" 3-Color Screenprint)
What piece/project are you most proud of and why?
It always ends up being my most current project or print. I guess that's what keeps me going in a forward direction.
What would your dream project be?
Finishing my Music City series of prints. 4 out 12 completed. After that, I can start thinking about something new.
"Electric Beat" from the Music City series (24" x 18" 2-Color Screenprint)
What's on the horizon?
Printing just got a little easier now that I bought a semi-automatic press. Less trips to the massage therapist!
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
The ability to clone myself to do 2 things at once.
Finally, what advice would you give to a young artist?
Only create art if you're passionate about it. Don't listen to anyone else, the only opinion that matters is your own.