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  Michael Shumate

Michael received his BFA in graphic design from Brigham Young University and is a career illustrator and graphic designer. Michael is also a Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at St. Lawrence College (for the last 22 years). The subjects he teaches build on his professional experience and deepen it as well: Color Theory, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Illustration including Computer Illustration, as well as Branding Design and Art History.

For the seven years before becoming a teacher, he was Senior Designer/Illustrator for a mid-sized design studio and advertising agency. Michael’s design experience extends to all areas of graphic design including advertising, corporate identity, institutional design, annual reports, display and interpretive center design as well as print and web design.

As a stock illustrator with (now owned by GettyOne - Use advanced search under Shumate), and (search under Shumate), Michael’s illustration work has been used all over the world for such clients as British Airways Magazine, Kelley Services, Macmillan McGraw-Hill publishers and Business Week. He is fluent in many illustration styles and in virtually every medium: oil, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor as well as digital media of Illustrator and Photoshop.

"My philosophy is to use the style and technique that will best solve the client's needs, not just rely on what I like or can easily accomplish. That is why there are so many styles and different media in my portfolio."