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Friday, 31 December 2010

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

This is where I work everyday.

Owen

Pick up any of Mike Kinsella's albums they are all diamonds, in my opinion one of the greatest American artists of my generation.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dinner at the National Gallery.

2 x soup of the day
Darjeeling for 2
2 x water

Sunday, 12 December 2010

The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way...

Monday, 29 November 2010


“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

- Douglas Adams

Snow


Sunday, 28 November 2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

SGU

Tuesday nights equal = 


Sg1, Sga, Sgu.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

November is here

Well it's been here 10 days, out of which i think we've seen the sun twice? I don't mind the rain, gales and almost minus temps, as long as I dont have to go outside and face it like a real man would haha.

I've just created some new typographic pieces for Christmas for New Leaves, they will be screen printed onto cards and sold as a set of 4, also an xmas tea towel or two. I was gonna show a preview but I think i'll wait for the next update on the site.

Safe.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Latest Illustration in Fortune Mag

The best thing about doing editorial illustrations and books, is that they send you a few copies when its out. Here is the latest illustration I created for Fortune magazine in America, these guys are great to work with, smooth. www.mikelemanski.co.uk


While i'm here posting I thought i'd post another video by everything everything, this one is called photoshop handsome...it has some gaming and photoshop references thrown in for good measure.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Do i have the biggest collection of Letraset in the UK?

...Probably not, but I do have quite a few decadry transfers, probably over 200! of all sizes, types and colours (well white, gold and black) housed in an amazing tin I got last xmas from Mark's n Sparks, illustrated by Sanna Annukka. sweet.
A local graphic supply shop was clearing out stock and had a box full of the transfers, so i pretty much bought the lot for next to nothing, jealous much? haha.




Friday, 8 October 2010

Recent Work

I've been working on a number of illustrations as of late, which i'm going to put up on my site next update, including some work for Fortune magazine and urban outfitters and another nice book cover for Granta, hopefully I'll be able to share some of these within the next few weeks.
I've also been neglecting my flickr as of late, not because I don't have anything post up, more because I have too much to post and don't have time to sift through everything.

There's also been some nice things going on at new leaves! which we will update soon, keep your eyes peeled! 


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Monday, 20 September 2010

These days are great...there's work to do



Always loved this video by Alien Ant Farm, I always find the song really inspiring too. Enjoy


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

New Leaves Studio

Visit us, www.newleavesstudio.com and share this poster! 
If you're in Huddersfield or the surrounding areas in the UK, you might be able to find one hanging about in some cool venues.

New Leaves Studio Promotional Poster - 2010

Friday, 3 September 2010

Typographic Music and The Sound ABC



I recently wrote a feature for the upcoming issue of it's nice that's publication, You can pre-order the next issue now: Issue 4
The article is about visual music, the sounds of colours and some information on my exploratory work on the subject. if you check out the Music page on my site there are a few pieces of work up to have a look at. 
I have a number of pieces on my site which maybe are a little hidden away, you have to delve deep to find them. This piece is one of them, and one of my favorites it's based on recorded sound and typography.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

Villagers, Conor J. O'Brien

I've had a few albums on rotation this past week or so, but mainly 'Becoming A Jackal' by irish band Villagers, founded by Conor O'brien. 
The album seems to creep in through the floorboards, and make it self at home uneasily on your shelf, I say uneasily in that the album is at times quite haunting and sinister, like you're being asked to enter a secret doorway which has just appeared in your house, not knowing quite what to expect on the other side.

Here is a beautiful acoustic rendition of Pieces.  Also i noticed he's using a Yairi Parlour guitar, I saw a nice Yairi on ebay the other day, brazillian rosewood and amazing inlays. 



Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Dusty Kid - America

It's august, the weather in the UK is kind of typical at the moment, it rains then its sunny then it rains then you get blown away in a gale then its nice again etc etc, this is the summertime that i've come to know and love. There isn't really a point to the story. Anyways I Came across this track from Dusty Kid, amazing.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Have you Forgotten

Do you have a video you like to play on youtube a lot? this is mine. The song is by the Red House Painters, I've posted about Mark Kozelek before (read back) it's a great version of the song, slower than the original. The second reason it's amazing is because it's from the french film A la Folie... Pas Du Tout, with Audrey Tautou, need I say more.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Cass McCombs


Cass McCombs has been quietly creating some masterful albums for the last few years. I picked up Dropping the Writ a few years ago and was instantly drawn to the hazy dreamlike quality of his music. It's a 'close your eyes and your taken somewhere else' sort of sound.

From the perfect That's That, to my favourite Windfall, with it's simple yet sweeping ethereal melody.

This is You Saved My Life, from Catacombs which came out last year. very very nice.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

New Leaves Studio



www.newleavesstudio.com is now open! It's a new business venture i'm part of, our idea is simple, beautiful design for modern living.


You can purchase the popular London print, It looks amazing framed! we have a number of other designs, which are available on natural cotton bags, light and heavy weight!
There is so much more coming soon, it's early days, so get something before everyone else does!! 
We have a number of fabric designs which we're currently working on, we've called them our gold standard designs, we can't wait to get them up in the shop.


We currently accept paypal, and have free postage on all bags within the uk, we do ship internationally too, get in touch via the contact page!


Thanks everyone



Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Photoshoot



I needed some new photo's for various reasons, including an interview with Urban Outfitters. So I sat on my desk, I actually thought it might give way, it didn't and I got some good shots on the worlds greatest camera my Panasonic DMC-LX3, seriously the best camera I've ever owned. You can get amazing results with the flash up using the macro.


This is me.

Born Ruffians....

...have a new album out, I was a big fan of Red, Yellow & Blue. The new album is called Say It, this is Soul Brother.


'go and help your grandfather, he's 77 and you are 11', sounds like something my Babcia (polish for grandma) used to say to me.


Monday, 19 July 2010

Aqueduct

Aqueduct  is the musical accomplishment of David Terry, he started out on his back in 2001, since then the project has flourished into a full band. 
I wanted to share this track with you Keep It Together, It was the first song I heard by Aqueduct and was hooked instantly by the 70's style laid back synth intro, so pour yourself a drink and lay back.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Walther Ruttmann. Opus One


In 1921 Walther Ruttmann created his Opus One. It has the astonishing accolade of being the very first abstract animation seen by a general audience anywhere in the world, whereas today we see abstract animations everywhere from music video's to tv adverts.
I wrote my dissertation on visual music, this was part of it. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

What a Life I Lead In the Summer...

See you in seven minutes and twenty three seconds, when you'll feel better about life.


11 Years Ago I Drew This.

I just found this drawing of a bird while looking through a box of things i've kept. 
It says 1999 on the back so i drew it in the last century, I even signed and initialed the piece. Not too bad to say I was 12, I remember being obsessed with line drawings and pens...not much has changed really.



Automatic Drawings of Films



1. Sit down and watch a film for five minutes,
2. Draw what you see without looking at your page.


It's not quite automatic drawing. Maybe i'll make more. This is Under Siege the 1992 action film starring Steven Seagal!



Monday, 12 July 2010

Jason Schwartzman, Coconut Records

I'm a huge fan of Jason Schwartzman. He's an all round talent, an actor/musician/writer, From Rushmore (greatest film ever made) to the Darjeeling limited.
He also creates music! This is Microphone from his album Davy under the moniker of Coconut Records, go buy the album! stand out track for me is 'Is This Sound Ok'....i'd say it's mighty fine.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Patrick Stump

Patrick stump was the music man behind Fall Out Boy. He's now going solo, and if this video is anything to go by it should be pretty sweet stuff! I absolutely love this.


Patrick Stump from Patrick Stump on Vimeo.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Print For Sale


Limited edition 
DCFC Winter Poster prints for sale!

I have a limited number of 30 of these prints now available for purchase.
DETAILS: A2 size, printed on FSC 280gsm Semi Gloss. Eco friendly printed.

 £40 + £4.99 Secure Postage/Packing

Ok Go

Another great song and another amazing video from Ok Go.

Director: OK Go, Eric Gunther, and Jeff Lieberman
Producer: Shirley Moyers

Designers Block?

The answer to designers block lies in Keemun tea, maybe its the polyphenols or possibly some sort of black magic from the orient, but this stuff always works! I like to think of it as designers tea. Drink up. 













Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Epson 1520

I've used my Epson 1520 for about 3 or 4 years, it's an ancient A2 plotter, it's a workhorse of a machine, which I initially bought while at uni for about £200, I figured it was more economical than buying prints every time i wanted something printing, I also figured if it's mine I can do whatever i want with it, which led to lots of experimentation. 


He's a temperamental printer, an old man who's really slow, but on a good day can actually be outstanding. The inks are around £2 each which is one of the best things, most A2 printers these days have about 8 separate cartridges which are about 15quid each! It back loads and i've put 350gsm through.
That's about it, get one if you want a cheap A2 printer which is economically great. You can pick them up on ebay, there always seems to be one up for sale.


Saturday, 12 June 2010

Heritage

I made this little graphic to represent my double heritage.



Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Drums

From Brooklyn NY, I can't help but like this, the lead singer Jonathan Pierce reminds me of the late Mark Speight.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Kozelek

Mark Kozelek will go down as one of the greatest american musicians of all time, his back catalogue is truly astonishing. A day doesn't go by without some kozelek passing through my speakers. Pick up anything by Sun Kil Moon, or the red house painters, I'd recommend Ghosts Of The Great Highway, but his Tiny Cities album of modest mouse covers is pretty much perfect.


Daisies of the Galaxy

10 Years after it's release this is still one of the most perfect albums ever made.
A testament to Everett and his song writing ability. If you don't own it, get it.
I have the original cardboard case version, I love the Kate Greenaway inspired illustrations.

























Site Launch

So it's been a few months but my new site is finally up!! it's actually been down for almost 2 years, which in retrospect is a huge hole of time, but I have been busy!


I'm hoping that the site will keep evolving, with new projects and ideas.
I thought i'd post a few of my favourite pieces from the site because I can, its my blog.





Friday, 4 June 2010

Early June Launch

Today began with a 6am run through beaumont park then a few cups of tea and coffee!
I also set up a small photo shoot...at my desk which will be on my site when it launches and also my flickr! The images are part of a new process page on my site, which is kind of a behind the scenes look at my day to day. I'd post a sneak peak but i've literally just finished tidying the subsequent fall out.

I will be Launching my site this weekend! I've said saturday but I might hold off till sunday or monday morning, and make sure all the links are working etc.

have a nice weekend!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

June

Just updated my site, with a new holding page, I've now got a bit of time to push towards getting my site up again which is good!


Nice quote from John Maeda - 


"Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered ‘useless,’ will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously"

Thursday, 22 April 2010

New Work

Evening, I'm gonna make some of these posts more visual soon I'm sure, My site is almost up, well i say almost its 70% there I need to add a few more things.
in other news I've ordered a Macbook Pro, It was due on monday, but because of the Volcano its been all over the world it seems by my ups tracker, it currently resides in my half home land of Poland, Hopefully it will fly through the night and arrive tomorrow. 
Fingers X's,

Monday, 22 March 2010

Current Work

My website should be up next monday! well all going well. There will hopefully be plenty of new things for everyone to look at and maybe some previous work too. 
I'm currently undergoing a number of projects, on a personal and professional level that are keeping me busy! some of which i can show some of which I can't, i'm currently working on projects for Coca-Cola professionally and a number of other nice little things! busy busy.

So anyways keep and eye out for my site launch! 

Website Launch...

A week today all going well.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Screen Printing

Trial and error is an understatement when it comes to my trials and errors into the foray of screen printing. I've wanted to make some of my own screen prints for a while now, I got the opportunity to do some at Uni and college before that, as well as letterpress and a host of other printing goodnesses. But since then have never attempted my own set up, I've had things screen printed, i've even helped run and printed on an industrial screen print machine.

So i set about on my challenge, to date, I have bought 2 screens, A3 and A4, i've also bought 2 UV black lights, constructed a light box A2 size, bought inks, fillers, photo emulsions, 275 watt photoflood bulbs, fittings, scoop coaters, squeeges, drawing fluids, halogen work lights, 200 or so transparencies (half of which are no good) acryclics, fabric inks and a few packs of anadin extra as a result.

The initial problems I met with were things like exposure times and getting the right materials, I felt a bit like Tom Hanks in the Money Pit! but eventually I got everything I needed. Spraying my screen to clean it out and push out the filler was also a problem, i'm still using the shower with the head taken off and my thumb over the end for the high pressure! it works!

I think it's all about working out what is right for you and what set-up works, I managed to finally get a set-up that worked best for me, I'm sure you will see examples on my site and as part of a new project that I've been working on a while now, which is finding it's feet.

If you have any screen print questions, get in touch at info@mikelemanski.co.uk

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A Poster a Day

Here are two posters I've created so far for my 'a poster a day' series, basically my sources come from anything I find interesting and want to give a voice too.
day 1. part of a future of computing series.
day 2. OCD awareness week.



it's not the greatest photo, I took it on my phone as my camera battery died on me, the posters are A2 printed on 200gsm cartridge paper. I might sell some of these originals when my site is back up!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

I think this January just gone was the longest I can remember, so I welcome February and hopefully a little more sunshine? On the work front I've been really busy. My site is coming along, so it should be up soon. I always feel that there isn't enough up to show, it's been a year and a half since it was last up, and in that time I've been busy working with little time for my personal design pursuits. It has allowed me to read though which is nice and also get back into painting and drawing etc, which has now become a major direction I hope to pursue.

I'm currently working on the Coca-Cola Olympic games visuals, so cans, pet's, billboards etc freelance for attik, I can never show any of this work as I have NDA's coming at me from all directions.
I have a list as long as my arm which is full of ideas for my own personal work and explorations, it's something nice to chip away at over the coming year.

From today I am also starting the 'poster a day' campaign, which is where I create a new poster everyday, I need to find subjects for these e.g concerts, festivals and general going's on that people need to know about. if you have something maybe I could help? I need 365 events!

Here is a (really bad) photo of my studio, I could do with a bookcase, I have a pile of books almost as high as me!(not in the shot) does anybody else find that bookcases in general don't accommodate for art books, they need to be deeper and taller, we seem to be stuck with shelves, with their limitless height and variable lengths, somehow a bookcase just seems neater though.


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