My name is Michael Wertz, and I’m an illustrator and a printer.
My images start with the pencil, and finish as digital collages, monoprints, letterpress prints, and screen prints. I love bold, bright color in all formats. My work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and 3 x 3.
I hold a BA in French Language from UCSC and a BFA in Illustration from CCA. I am the Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor for the Illustration Department at CCA, where I teach Digital Tools and Screenprinting classes.
My clients include The San Francisco Chronicle, The Bark, Bill Graham Presents, Camper Van Beethoven, Camelbak, Chronicle Books, The DeYoung Museum, The Elsewhere Philatelic Society, The Exploratorium, Farrar Strauss Giroux, Gingko Press, Hostelling International, McCann Erickson, Oaklandish, Random House, Rickshaw Bagworks, The New York Times, Nike, The Oakland Museum, Scholastic, The SFMOMA, United Way, and Wired. For kids book work, I am represented by Abigail Samoun at Red Fox Literary.
I live and work in beautiful Oakland, California with my husband Andy and our pit-mix Blue.