Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta ,Canada, Mike considers himself fortunate to have worked professionally in multiple fields ranging from Storyboarding for Film and Advertising, Concept design, Character Design, Illustration, Makeup and Special Effects for Film and Theatre, Prop construction, Sculpture and Portraiture. His greatest strengths lie in his flexibility, attention to detail, and determination to get the job done on time and to meet or exceed a clients expectations.
"A happy client is a repeat client".
Mike has been working professionally for over a decade and obtained a BFA in Painting and Drawing with Distinction from Concordia University in 2003. Additionally,he holds certification in 3D Animation and Effects.
"Michael has demonstrated a great imagination and a broad variety of styles while working with Uken Games. He always delivers on time, to spec and handles revisions very fast. Excellent draftsmanship, especially his line work sets him apart from his peers."
Lead Artist and Animator
"Nice work on the adidas storyboards. You were able to quickly crank out an exceptional illustrative story on short notice. It was a great help to our team. Thanks for your hard work and I look forward to the next project."
Critical Mass Inc.
"I have commissioned Mike multiple times for art, including for a very large Kickstarter project. His work is beautiful, creative, on time, and at an excellent value. I whole-heartedly recommend him!”
Vice President, Creative Director at Chaosium
"There are several aspects of Mike's work that have made him a great artist to work with. - He has a strong knowledge of history and wide palette for creativity - The characters he creates are very lively and personable - In depth knowledge of anatomy for people and animals, allowing him to create various creatures and people alike - Very fast delivery on his work with precision detail - He provides multiple initial sketches to provide option for me to go with as an art director - We quickly expanded his role at the company by having him jump on to some of our main game lines after producing such great work He is one of my top artists of choice!"
Art Director Alderac Entertainment Group
"I've worked with Michael several times now for storyboarding and shot concepting for both short film and commercial projects; his work is top notch. He has consistently delivered not only beautiful illustrations, but artwork that delineates a clear narrative flow. Michael has a great sense of perspective and he thinks in terms of real cameras and framing which goes miles in pre-vizing a production. He is also fast, courteous, and fun to work with."
Director RSA Films
"Thank you for the great illustrations for the Cirque project.
We presented the whole ideas to the client in Nashville a couple of weeks ago and the meeting went super well. They loved the ideas and said “ Who did the illustrations? they are amazing!”
Critical Mass Inc.