Hi, I'm Mike and I've been an illustrator my whole life! I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was in second grade, a stapled mass of dot-matrix printer paper filled with leaping dinosaurs. I also did an entire Sunday funnies page full of fart jokes. They were so hilarious that Ms. Colvin threw a special party called a “parent teacher conference” to celebrate my achievement. In more recent years, I created a couple hundred "doodles" for Google, a couple kids books (Donovan's Big Day, by Leslea Newman and Food Truck Fest, by Alexandra Penfold), and even a couple more comics. I am currently an art director at a creative studio called Tonko House.
When I'm not illustrating, I'm either painting outside or going on adventures with my wife and two kids in our truck camper. You should see what I'm up to on my Instagram.
Lectures and Workshops
I love sharing my adventures in art. I've had the great privilege of meeting with college students, children, educators, colleagues, and all-around good people to share my experience and process. Here is a partial list of past engagements:
National Art Education Association conference, 2011
SFMoMA, Doodle4Google Exhibition, 2011
SFMoMA Artists Gallery, Workshop
Ignite Talks Oakland, Adventures in Doodling
CCA - Guest Instructor/Lecturer
Doodle4Google Ireland 2011, Award Ceremony Co-Host
Doodle4Google USA 2011-2014, Workshop
TechTalks at Google, like TedTalks but geekier
YouTube UX Landscape Workshop
If you have a speaking engagement or workshop idea in mind, I'd love to hear from you!
Chicago Tribune :: Drawing Insight into Google's Doodles (Tribune subscription required)