March 2014 Spider Magazine Cover Art!

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My art is on the cover of this month’s Spider Magazine. Since it is March, I was asked to do something with a St. Patrick’s day theme and not show any sort of drinking. So I about 10 ideas and sent them in pencil form to the editor. They picked out their favorite, which was a Leprechaun working on a factory line where Gold is made. My personal preference was of a Leprechaun sitting on a giant coffee cup having his morning coffee and not looking to awake. (Suggesting a bit of a good time the night before.)

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Mike Cressy

Mike Cressy Bio
Emerging from the salt mines of Detroit, Mike Cressy moved to California for Art Career because it was warm and sunny.
Not able to sit still in a classroom, he taught himself to draw and then eventually illustrate.
Worked as an animator at various animation studios in L.A., Graphic designer for Los Angeles Theater Alliance, and with determination, started freelancing.
Clients list included: L.A. Times, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, L.A. Weekly, Wells/Rich/Green, Foot/Cone/Belding, Union Bank ARCO, 1st Interstate Bank, etc….
Because they really liked his work, he was asked to move into the infamous Group West studio that included several famous illlustrators from days past. Client list included: Applause Inc, US Air Force, Camel Cigarettes, AARP, Readers Digest, Saban Entertainment, Sony, Columbia Pictures, Mattel Toys, Playboy magazine, L.F.P., Hughes Aircraft, KNBC, Disney Studios, Paramount Studios, CBS, Peterson Publishing, Grolier, Simon and Schuster, Transamerica, Grosset and Dunlap, etc….
He then moved to Seattle in the early 90s and started doing art for software companies that include: Manley and assoc., Electronic Arts, Pacific Science Center, Compaq Computers, Microsoft, Filter Talent, Creative Assets, Art Source, Merwyn Creative, Sierra Entertainment, X-box Kinect, Amazon Game Studio, Tacoma History Museum and JetPak Studio
Over the last 15 years he has illustrated 10 children’s picture books, (many more educational books) and is currently writing, illustrating several picture books in various stages of development. Then there are the five art books that he published on his own through JetPak Studio; “Monito Hermoso” , “The Book of Doodles” “New Century Abstracts Volumes 1 and 2” and “Seattle Reflections” (A photo tour of Seattle).

Ok, this is some extra stuff he did along the way:

Earned several years worth of “certificate of merit” from the SILA: in 1985-1990. Then a few times in the 1990’s.

Contributed to the SILA Air Force Art Program from 1985 through 1992. Also contributed to the SILA Sheriff’s Art Program in 1987.
Lectured at Art Center Pasadena Ca in 1990.
Lectured at the AIGA in Seattle at least 2 times in the 1990s.
Also spoke at the SCBWI WWA several times over the last 15 years.
In 2012, won the Children’s Market Silver Award at SILA Illustration West 50.

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