Hand Drawn Art of Mike Perry

For anyone with a close interest in hand-drawn illustration and typography, it would be hard to have been unaware of the work and influence of Brooklyn-based illustrator Mike Perry. He has had clients that include the New York Times, Saatchi & Saatchi, Microsoft Zune, Urban Outfitters and Zoo York.

Michael Perry Illustration Hand Drawn Ape on the Moon Contemporary

Mike is known not only for his trademark style that is busy, organic and vivacious, but also his work in other areas, including authoring several books on hand-drawn illustration topics that include hand-drawn typography in: ‘Hand Job’, and hand-drawn patterns in: ‘Over and Over’. He started a magazine called ‘Untitled’ in 2007, which covers his own various interests. I talked to him about his work and what he’s working on at the moment.

Mike Perry Illustration Hand Drawn Ape on the Moon Contemporary

Michael Perry Illustration Hand Drawn Ape on the Moon Contemporary

Mike has always been drawing, but after studying painting at college, decided to focus more closely on design and illustration. As is evident in the work he does, Mike is keen to avoid the use of the computer, believing that with hand-drawn work, the character and true style of the illustrator is more clearly revealed than through digital means. His most treasured tool is understandably his pencil.

Mike Perry Illustration Hand Drawn Ape on the Moon Contemporary

Mike’s work process for his recent pattern work involve ‘sitting down and going for it, then hope it works out.’ This advice is important for all illustrators out there, who might struggle to get work started, or even finished. It just takes an initial effort to get started, even if the outcome is not yet realised, and push it until the work is complete.

Mike Perry Illustration Hand Drawn Ape on the Moon Contemporary

At the moment Mike is working on ‘a good pile of things. Some stuff for the x-games, some packaging for Brooklyn-based chocolatiers the ‘Mast Brothers’, an art show at Giant Robot SF, second issue of my magazine, and yes a new book…’

Mike Perry Illustration Hand Drawn Ape on the Moon Contemporary

ⓒ Mike Perry, 2009

There is no doubt that Mike’s style and the styles he has inspired make a refreshing change from much of the purely digitally produced work we are seeing in this age. His continuing success demonstrates the popularity and requirement of hand-drawn styles that we are seeing more and more of today.

Good luck with everything, Mike!

Moonape: Follow me on Twitter for updates

You might also like

  1. Vivid Fashion Illustrations in Pen by Janelle Burger
  2. Wonderous Characters in Dreamy Scenes by Josephine Kyhn
  3. Jaime Hayde’s Sleek Geometric Designs and Sketches.
  4. Vibrant Jewel Tones and Balanced Compositions by Kaley McKean
  5. Allison Black’s Bright Characters and Playful Cards
  6. Thoughtful Illustrations and Development Work by James O’Brien
  7. Brilliantly Inky Comics and Illustrations by Antoine Cossé
  8. Eliot Wyatt with Confident Colours and Trippy Characters
  9. Grace Helmer’s Painted Illustrations, Comics and Animations
  10. Conceptual Illustrations and Projects in Residence by Jason Sturgill
  11. Constant Motion in Dreamy Worlds Created by Cristian Eres
  12. Wijtze Valkema Puzzling Pieces Together with a Focus on Design
View All

One Comment

  1. Hello, I really like your works! They’re interesting and very authentic. Keep drawing!

Comments are closed.