"Winter" painting along the Pacific Coast Highway, 2012.

"Winter" painting along the Pacific Coast Highway, 2012.


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.

For all things Kidlit, I am happy to be represented by Marietta Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.

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!

Selected Press

People :: Dian Fossey Google Doodle Explained

Wall Street Journal :: The Story Behind Google's Charlie Chaplin Doodle

Forbes :: Mike Dutton on Honoring Percy Julian and Other Scientists, Civil Rights Leaders

Washington Post :: Profile by Michael Cavna

Washington Post :: How Mike Dutton Overlapped Artistry + Concept for John Venn Doodle

Chicago Tribune :: Drawing Insight into Google's Doodles (Tribune subscription required)

SF Chronicle :: Doodlers Humanize Technology with Art

Publisher's Weekly :: Review, Donovan's Big Day

Oakland Tribune :: Berkeley Artist Draws from Experience





email: mike@duttonart.net