Mike Campau

07.02.2012 in17:24 in People, Portraits -->


I’m currently the Creative Director and lead artist at SeventhStreet Studio, and I have over 15 years experience in graphic design, art direction, CG (3d) and image design (retouching). I love 10 way strips, layer masks, polygons and creating something from nothing.

Photographer Paul Mobley asked me to team up with him on a recent shoot, featuring Detroit’s own hometown harlequins, the Insane Clown Posse. It was an intense process – and not just because they made us wear face paint and chug Faygo.

After some early brainstorming and pre-production meetings with Paul, we chose our strongest concepts to execute on set. We were on a tight schedule and wanted to capture as many shots as possible, so we decided to shoot ICP on green screen at their own studio. Then we went on to Greene’s Hamburgers in Farmington Hills to shoot the diner image. Next, Paul spent a couple days shooting downtown, precariously positioning himself on the edges of rooftops and coming back down to ground level for shots of dramatic Detroit architecture. And finally, the fun part — putting the pieces together. I created the balloons, Bomb Pops, and color block background entirely CGi, then composited the rest using everything Paul shot in the city. He dropped by the studio to work with me on some finishing touches and overall style decisions, and after a ton of strips, a few sliders, and a little bit of face paint remover we were done clowning around. It was a great experience. Now if we could only figure out why people kept calling me a Juggalo…