Saturday, 14 December 2013

Studio/Cabin Project...Now On Hold

Its been a couple of months since my last post updating on the Cabin/Studio project, which is now on hold, I am instead moving into a new studio space in wakefield, I will update with more info soon.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Studio/Cabin Project. Part 2

The weather has taken a turn for the worse this week! but before the mist and rain descended, the extra space was dug out and the decking panels were uprooted, the next steps are to completely take up the decking and then extend the base out into the soil.

The space underneath was filled with the excess soil, which apart from being mostly clay and solid stone unearthed the usual British garden finds, a few clay bricks, a few pieces of old pottery and china, oh and a solid lead pipe! of course.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Studio/Cabin Project. Part 1

Over the next few months I'm going to try and keep everyone up to date with a new small studio cabin that i'm building, you can follow my progress on here. 

The original idea was to have a small outdoor area which I could use as a creative space for painting/art based ideas, however this soon developed into creating a larger and more solid space which would be big enough to work from fully.

The space that is being upheaved for the project is an unused decking outside, which once the top boards are taken up will make a good base. 

I've chosen a cabin built by a local timber merchants who will come and construct the space, all the wood is locally grown from their 500+ hectare estate and sourced here in West Yorkshire.

I'm hoping the space will allow me to focus on areas of my work which I haven't had the space to work on including painting, sculpture and various print projects.

I'll be updating as frequently as I can! The digging has commenced so it won't be long before the next update...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Laura Groves - Inky Sea

You're in luck, two posts in one day! This time it's something new from Laura Groves, a haunting song called Inky Sea.

Shake It Off

I will forever champion The Spinto Band, I think they constantly create great music. Here hot off the press is their new video for Shake It Off, from their latest album Cool Cocoon.

"I've had enough i'm unhappy with dreaming, shake it off i'm leaving" 

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Lacoste Poster

A few months ago, I was asked to design some posters for Lacoste, it is their 80th birthday this year. The posters were designed to reflect the heritage of the brand. I created a number of variations, this is my favourite, it is based on the '80' logo created by Peter Saville (bottom left) with two tennis balls and the old wooden racket that Rene Lacoste used... the poster was released in time for Roland Garros in France hence the clay/red background.

This is a signed working proof framed up... 

When printing in the studio from mac, I print each colour separately through a wide format printer, this is the only way I have found to get the real feel of the print working and the colours sitting together or overprinting properly.

Mike Lemanski Lacoste Poster

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Coheed and Cambria - Feathers

Every now and then youtube is graced with an acoustic session from Coheed and is one of them...

Friday, 14 June 2013

Spinto Band - Amy+Jen

We all know about The Spinto Band..they've been creating great music for years.

New video for Amy + Jen off the new album Cool Cocoon.....

...nice video


Great quote from Thomas Edison.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Once I Was An Eagle

Laura Marling has a new album out, pretty impressive, gone is the twee folky stuff, things are a little darker now, actually this song 'I Was an Eagle' reminds me of Razor by Dave Grohl, which is posted below for your convenience.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


It feels a little more like summer now...

Monday, 1 April 2013

California X

California X - Mummy.

Last year I visited Seattle, the birthplace of grunge, and ever since I've been rekindling my love of said rock.

California X are a bunch of American kids who are doing it today... and generally having a good time. I wish they had a video for their track Pond Rot, as it contains the lyric "I want a pond to rot in" check out their debut (I think) self titled album, it is streaming on Spotify.

In other news while i'm here, and most of you reading this probably want to hear about design/illustration work. Everything is going swell! I drew the Titanic the other day.


Monday, 4 March 2013

3 months in... 2013.

13 is an odd number, literally and visually. It kinda wants to get together and become a B.

I should update with some small things. I'm currently re-designing my website, its taking a while because I have been pretty busy of late, but it is getting there.

Here is a snippet of a map that will be up on the site:

The first step in re-designing or moreover refreshing a site, any site, should be to look at what you already have, and what you want to have. I tend to update my site once every maybe 2 years with a larger refresh, and then periodically update with new work, its been a while since my last update however.

I also try to think of the site as a physical place, an art gallery, a place where people go to see the art. The overall design shouldn't fight for your attention. 

This is why I wouldn't choose to integrate a blog into the site or use it as a social platform. I think the social elements, a blog, twitter etc are best left separate, they are part of the distraction of the design of most portfolio sites in my opinion, I mean imagine if you can a blog personified as the artist within an art gallery stood around updating the gallery goers with some holiday snaps, or doodling on a napkin and trying to pin it up on the gallery wall.