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Meet Michael Stiles in Hollywood and Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Stiles.

Michael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a graduate of Cal State Fullerton University in Southern California, where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Fine Art with an emphasis in Illustration and Entertainment Arts (that’s a fancy term for Animation). My studies at CSUF consisted of learning the traditional mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture and cell animation, in addition to translating these skills into modern technological industry standard applications (like Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter). In my academic, I also had the opportunity to work with industry greats such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network affiliates.

Has it been a smooth road?
As an artist I think, we face broader challenges than most other careers. It’s not the most stable of occupations financially (sometimes your work sells… other times.. not so much), which in turn can lead to some emotional distress. Mentally, the creative process itself can be incredibly exhausting. Inspiration can flow like a river (even at the most inopportune times), but it can also be a desolate wasteland. Either scenario can be overwhelming. Staying motivated and focused on a project (especially one I don’t make a personal ‘connection’ to), can be downright miserable. These days, I take a lot of my principle sketches and work on them digitally, which creates a whole different set of challenges (such as program or hardware issues).

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Michael Stiles, but I also do business on the internet (etsy) as ‘Stiles of Art’. – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I draw a lot of my inspiration from the realm of fantasy (thank you Dungeons & Dragons), the lure of all things esoteric, an obsession with pop culture and addiction to animation.

The one thing that sets me apart from other artists, is the diverse variety of artwork I produce. Many artists I know focus on a particular style, medium or theme when producing their work. I switch between different types of work, depending on what inspires me and how I want to manifest it. For example, I may create a series of humorous ‘pun’ based characters, then change over to lettering inspirational quotes, or develop a narrative illustration from a favorite film. I typically stick to topics that I have a connection to and I love to include ‘easter eggs’ to reward true fans of the subject matter.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the weather, I can’t imagine living anywhere that doesn’t get as much sunshine as we do. The traffic and parking can be a major nightmare depending on time and day.

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