Michael Byers uses his optimistic and whimsical attitude to create fun, dynamic, and emotionally driven illustrations. His line work is deliberate and full of energy achieving an instant organic feel to his images.
After graduating from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Applied Art Degree in Illustration, Michael began illustrating right away. Shortly after he signed on with Sari Schorr of Levy Creative Management. He’s been published in many forms and places with clients such as; The New York Times, Plansponsor, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Boston, Globe, LA Times, RunnersWorld, BusinessWeek, Atlantic Monthly, Baltimore, Village Voice, Seattle Met, Houstonian, Hollywood Reporter, and more. He’s been featured in Communication Arts Fresh section, and has also been published as one of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide by Luerzer’s Archive.
Michael loves a great cup of coffee, listening to great music, and watching stand up comedy. He lives in lovely Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two cats. When he’s not doing illustrations you can find him drawing.
New York Times, San Fransisco Chronicle, Golf Digest, Mental Floss Magazine, Houstonian, Plansponsor, Uppercase Gallery, NY Observer, Money Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, BusinessWeek, Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Business Review, Runner’s World, Bicycling, Baltimore, Family Circle, The Village Voice, BBDO, Cole & Weber, The Walrus, 5280, Seattle Met, Portland Monthly, Texas Monthly, Hollywood Reporter, Bicycling, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outside, Outdoor Life, Billboard Magazine, Hemisphere, The National Post, Scouting Magazine, Boys Life, Grantland, Field and Stream, Capstone Publishing, Adweek, INC Magazine, Hour Detroit, Bloomberg and more.
Some achievements and recognitions.
2013 – Award of Excellence from Communication Arts
2013 – First in Excellence in Illustration category for the 28th Annual Pa’i Awards
2013 – Choosen for American Illustration 32 (Website)
2012 – Choosen for American Illustration 31 (Website)
2012 – Accepted into Society of illustrators 55 Annual
2011 – 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide by Luerzer’s Archive
2011 – Choosen for American Illustration 30 (Website)
2011 – Accepted into Society of Illustrators 54 Annual
2010 – Accepted into Society of Illustrators 53 Annual Competition: Editorial & Advertising
2010 – Selected into Luerzer’s Archive “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2011/2012”
2010 – Selected for Taschen’s new book Illustration Now Portraits
2010 – Selected for American Illustration 29 (Chosen)
2009 – Selected for American Illustration 28
2008 – Selected for American Illustration 27
2007 – Accepted into Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Illustration West 46
2007 – CMYK new creatives No. 39
2007 – Merit Award winner for 3×3 magazine Student Awards Annual.
2007 – Selected as a finalist for the American Illustration Website.
2006 – Hambly and Woolley Award for Best in Show at Sheridan Third Year Show
2006 – Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards Annual.