On His NVRLND studio
Michael uses his studio at NVRLND as a place to experiment with his
personal work and to collaborate with other artists. The space gives him
the room to take his projects off digital and onto large canvases.
Michael has been making art, illustration and logos for design agencies,
magazines, publishers, video directors, and video game makers from all
over the world ever since 2000.
Specialising in two-dimensional art Michael amplifies your concepts by
simplifying, enhancing, and focusing on your unique messages. He is an
expert at the Adobe Creative Suite, but his favourite software is Adobe
He teaches illustration, video editing, motion graphics at the
University of Calgary. He also mentors local, up and coming illustrators
who want to know how to run their businesses.
Michael Grills graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design and
went directly to Bioware Corp. in Edmonton, getting hands on experience
making AAA story driven RPG’s. When his first son was born, he decided
to move back home to Calgary so that he could raise his family in his
hometown among their relatives.
He started independently illustrating and has enjoyed working as a
production manager, art director, creative director and illustrator
depending on what the project requires and how he fits into the team.
Michael loves collaboration and big ideas.
Seeing the need for Calgarians to keep more of their illustrators in
town and to have them working together, Michael created Union
Illustration CO. as a way to create more connections.
He lives in Calgary with his wife, two children and a gecko; and love’s
bike riding, martial arts, kites, and camping. With Banff right out the
back door, it’s no wonder he keeps the shop here.