Corel Painter Master - Mike Thompson

Name: Mike Thompson
Occupation/Profession: Illustrator, Designer
Employer: Freelance
Hobbies: Avid Video Game Player


Best known for his portraits of urban entertainers and celebrity likeness, Mike first began painting digitally in the early 90's. His work has been featured on television, print and web campaigns for the Coca-Cola Company and Infiniti Motors.

Mike began his career as a T-shirt designer shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland. He spent the next twelve years as both designer and Art Director in the fashion industry. Eventually, a strong desire to work for himself lead Mike to leave the corporate world and become a full-time illustrator.

Over the past eight years, his work has been featured in several magazines, videogame covers, and toy packaging. His client list includes Hasbro, Warner Bros, Verizon and the LA Times, to name a few.

Although just learning Painter a few short years ago, Mike has hosted a tutorial webinar for Corel. His art and techniques have appeared in many International publications, as well as the books: "Digital Collage and Painting," by Susan Ruddick Bloom, and "Secrets of Corel Painter Experts," by Darryl Wise and Linda Hellfritsch.

Mike's work can be seen
on his site:

And his blog: