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Mike Campau — Digital Artist

You’ve probably seen Mike Campau’s work without realizing it. Over the past 20 years, this digital artist has honed his style and techniques to produce eye-catching imagery for brands including Under Armour, Chevy and Specialized, and characterful portraits of Tracy Morgan, John C. Reilly and Dave Grohl. He also creates personal work to experiment with new techniques or skewer social media and politics.

In this podcast, Mike tells Chris how he’s grown from usual inspiration as a three-year-old, to learning from car campaigns, to the tools and collaborations that make his work possible today. If you’ve ever wanted to make the jump to becoming a successful freelance artist, Mike has solid advice on how to get established and manage your work-life balance.

Links:

Mike Campau’s official site >

Mike Campau on Behance >

Mike Campau interview with 3dtotal >



Chapters:

5:07 Getting started in art — via McDonald’s

9:04 Deciding to pursue digital illustration

15:23 Finding your own style

24:16 How to establish yourself as a freelance artist

29:12 Getting the confidence to jump ship

37:51 How to give clients unique work

43:47 Mike’s go-to CG software then and now

57:59 Discover Mike’s favorite projects

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Group Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.