Michael Doret is probably one of the top 5 reasons I got into the art business. I have admired his work since I was a kid, and earlier in 2011 I was blessed with getting to interview him. This post/interview, for personal reasons I wont go into, was delayed multiple times, and I am now FINALLY sharing it with everyone. Please enjoy

When I was in 2nd grade, and you were still allowed to have REAL parties in the classroom, the most popular albums you could bring in were those by the rock band KISS. This was the age where album cover art was king, and one of my favorite covers of all time (and I still own the actual album) was KISS Rock and Roll Over. As a kid, I even did my best at drawing Gene Simmons’ face from the cover using purple construction paper and crayons. The signature on the cover art, simply said – Doret.

Decades later, I had graduated art school and was teaching college, and I came across a piece of sample art work from Adobe Illustrator. It was a piece of album cover art for the Squirrel Nut Zippers. What stood out to me, besides its brilliant simplicity, was the signature of the artist… Doret.

I later went online to look up the artist, only to find out he was the same Doret who had created my favorite KISS
album from decades before! Michael Doret!

Without further delay, please take a listen to me interview one of the most influential designers, and considering his portfolio, a WAY humble dude, Michael Doret.

[podcast]http://www.tonyteach.com/interviews/episode-01_Michael_Doret.mp3[/podcast]