Michael Zimmerman Design
A multimedia studio specializing in concept design for entertainment and technology projects. Among them are projects for the United States Army, Disneyland, EA, Sony, Activision, and Popular Science Magazine. Most notably is creative work for 15 published video game titles including Call of Duty: Black Ops, 2010 best-selling game worldwide, and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth II, the concept art of which was featured in The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
I'm an illustrator from Agoura Hills, California. I started drawing before I can remember and haven't stopped. I studied Multimedia Arts & Technologies at Santa Barbara City College and Digital Media at Otis College of Art & Design where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004. I began working professionally as a video game concept artist in 2002.
Featured Events & Exhibitions
Smithsonian American Art Museum for The Art of Video Games exhibit
2012-2016 National Tour
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. March 16, 2012 - September 30, 2012
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL October 24, 2012 - January 20, 2013
EMP Museum in Seattle, Seattle, WA February 16, 2013 - May 13, 2013
Phoenix Museum Of Art, Phoenix, AZ June 16, 2013 - September 29, 2013
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY October 25, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY February 15, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH June 19, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI October 25, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA February 13, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN June 6, 2015 - September 13, 2015
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University in Miami, FL October 9, 2015 - January 25, 2016
Featured seminar speaker at CG CON 09: Concept Art and Digital Painting Demonstration, Los Angeles Convention Center. Click HERE to see the video.
Featured artist at Design L.A. live digital illustration, Walt Disney Concert Hall
Press & Featured Publications
"Someone had to dream them up. In this case, it’s artist Michael Zimmerman...His vibrant colours make the game’s locations look a lot more inviting than they end up in the game"
- Luke Plunkett, Kotaku
Artwork also featured at ArtSlant, PaperBlog, and in Otis Designs book, essay by Barbara Isenberg
Additional features online at: Forbes.com, PBS.org, CNN.com, CNET.com, AmericanArt.SI.edu, IGN.com, PCGamer.com, TeamXbox.com, GameInformer.com, OXMonline.com, RipTen.com, ArsTechnica.com, FragDolls.com, Otis.edu, PixelPerfectMag.com, VGrevolution.com, VGlounge.com, TodayHeads.com, Unjadeable.com, ThriftyNerd.com, MindTalk.com, KillahBeez.com, GrifBallHub.com, QuarterCirclePunch.net, DesignSlices.com, SketchFeed.com, n00balert.com, DigitalJournal.com, LazyTechGuys.com, Snackbar-Games.com, CinematicArt.blogspot.com, Crikey.com, ClickGameCenter.com, 4players.de, DC-Geeks.com, WFustArtGallery.com, FluxAuto.com, Starming.com, Synitic.com, ScoreVGM.com, TrueAchievements.com
Los Angeles, California USA