Originally from the suburbs of New Orleans, Michael currently resides in Virginia with his wife, daughter, and son. Though, he hopes to one day return to the true south (yes, he considers Virginia Yankee-land).

Michael started his illustration career in 1997 after graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Since then he has worked as an illustrator, concept artist, art team lead, and professor. Over his many years in the publishing and gaming industries, he has fostered an obsession with drawing angry robots and giant-lizard-type-critters whenever he can get away with it.

During the day he can be found slaving over a hot Cintiq, scribblin' out illustrations and concept art. At night he spends his time playing with traditional media on personal projects which may or may not be released some day to great fan fare and single handedly cause world peace to break out or, at least, make some viewer say, "Wow, that is one cool heavy jawed lizard-type-critter being ridden by one angry robot."

EDUCATION
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Master of Fine Art
Savannah College of Art and Design
Major:  Illustration
Graduated March 2004



Bachelor of Fine Art
Savannah College of Art and Design

Major:  Sequential Art
Graduated May 1997

  • Freelance Illustrator & Concept Designer
    (August '97 - Present)
  • Mythic; Senior Concept Artist
    (May '11 - July '14); Fairfax, Va
  • Sloth Productions llc; Owner
    (January '98 - December '11)
  • EA Mythic; Lead Concept Artist
    (August '05 - November '09); Fairfax, VA
  • Savannah College of Art & Design;
    Professor of Illustration and Sequential Art
    (August '04 - August '05); Savannah, GA
  • Wizards of the Coast; Staff Artist
    Legend of the Five Rings CCG
    (June '00 - January '01); Renton, WA
  • AEG; Contract Illustrator
    (September '98 - January '99); Ontario, CA
  • Speedway Printing; Lead Graphic Designer
    (August '97 - May '98); Mandeville, LA
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
  • Photoshop
  • Painter
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Freehand
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • SketchUp
  • ZBrush
  • Microsoft Office
  • Figure Drawing
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Landscapes
  • Gouache
  • Acrylic
  • Ink Wash
  • Pen & Ink
  • Mixed Media
  • Illustration
  • Teaching Digital & Traditional Illustration
  • Character Design
  • Creature Design
  • Prop Design
  • Architecture Design
  • Environment Design
  • Textures
  • Varient Textures
  • Logo Design
  • UI Layout/Design
  • Team Management/Leadership
  • Coordinating Complex Projects
HONORS, AFFILIATIONS, SHOWS, ANNUALS, & ARTICLES
  • Marian Edna Effing Portfolio Scholarship; awarded August 1994; SCAD (BFA)
  • SCAD Fellowship; awarded August 2002; SCAD (MFA)
  • National Dean's List (BFA & MFA)
  • Magna Cumlaude (BFA)
  • ASFA
  • Graphic Artists Guild
  • College Art Association
  • GenCon Art Show 2004 Juror's Choice Ribbon
  • PADI
  • NAUI
  • DAN
  • CG Hub Gold Award
  • SCAD Senior Show; May 1997; Savannah, GA USA
  • GenCon Art Show 2000; Milwaukie, WI USA
  • GenCon Art Show 2001; Milwaukie, WI USA
  • GenCon Art Show 2002; Milwaukie, WI USA
  • Galerie Eclat; January 2002; New Orleans, LA USA
  • Voyages Show; August 2002; Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Hidden Exhibition; May 2003; Savannah, GA USA
  • GenCon Art Show 2004; Indianapolis, IN USA
  • Spectrum 11 "The Best in Fantastic Art" 2004
  • The Horus Heresy, Vol. I: Visions of War (2004)
  • The Horus Heresy, Vol. II: Visions of Darkness (2004)
  • The Horus Heresy, Vol. III: (2005)
  • The Horus Heresy, Vol. IV: (2005)
  • Illustrious; September 2005; Savannah, GA USA
  • GenCon Art Show 2005; Indianapolis, IN USA
  • GenCon Art Show 2006; Indianapolis, IN USA
  • Spectrum 14 "The Best in Fantastic Art" 2007
  • The Art of Warhammer Online (2008)
  • Tom Kidd's "How to Draw and Paint Dragons" (2010)
  • Spectrum 17 "The Best in Fantastic Art" 2010
  • Spectrum 18 "The Best in Fantastic Art" 2011
  • GenCon Art Show 2011; Indianapolis, IN USA
  • LeewiArt: The Character (2011)
  • Art of RPGs, August 2012; Seattle, WA USA