Spotlight Artist: Michael Grills
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How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve been freelancing since I graduated in 2000, even while working at Bioware Corp making video games from 2000-2005. I always wanted my own business, so I made sure I did some freelance work on the side while I made video games.

What can your work be applied to commercially?
Multinational companies like Google, Honda and Virgin, as well as magazines, video game producers, and local restaurants have all used my services to engage consumers, help with company culture, and enhance spaces where people congregate. Designed to understand and take into consideration the values of all stakeholders in any community, whether residential, corporate or a mix, my work is a reflection of the people who commission the art, as well as those who will view it in the future.

Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
Someday I hope to own my own clothing brand and create illustrations that people want to wear. I’ve already started work on that and I hope that I’ll be making announcements about it in 2018. My real goal is to create an illustration studio in Western Canada that is as important as any in London, New York, or LA. Illustrators tend to leave the city I’m from for better opportunities, but I’m hoping to change that with a studio that is important enough that people can stay.

What inspires you?
Music and movies. Creative ideas and hard work. I try to read one book a week as I love new ideas. Obviously the history of great illustration as well. Finally my children. They are a huge source of happiness.

Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I’m a pretty good project manager, I’ve learned how to get creatives to work and stay focused on the project in front of them. I can design video games and write commercial scripts. I do a lot of storyboarding for animation and commercials as well. Right now I’m learning to write sales copy and hope to use it for the good of all.

What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
I love sandwiches, so that’s a hard question. Mayo, mustard, pepper, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, a sliver of onion, with ham or any other sandwich meat. I make others, but that’s my go-to.

Michael Grills
Calgary, Canada
Tel: 403 921 6112

I believe that great illustration brings people together. So I help brands make connections through visual metaphors, bold ideas and simple how-to illustrations. For leading adver… Show more.

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Profile updated 2nd May, 2018
Member since 1st February, 2010
2014 Applied Arts Magazine
Google, Honda, Sirius XM, JWT London, Scholastic Canada, Virgin Produced
"Understood the project we were asking for and nailed the execution. Extremely professional, quick turnaround; a pleasure to work with."
— Stacy Shearer, LDBP Tech - People Development Google