Michael Butkus was trained at Otis Parsons in Los Angeles and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has taught illustration and rendering techniques, along with character design and visual development, to art industry professionals and commercial art students.
Mike has worked on more than 2,500 films in the areas of advertising, movie poster art, set design, and character design. Mike invented and illustrated hundreds of characters for Lucasfilms' Shadow of the Empire, and is also the author of several 'how to' books.
Clients include Paramount, Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, DreamWorks, and LucasArts, as well as a number of toy companies that employ his imaginative creations and conceptual renderings for product design.