Hello there.

My name is Michael Wertz, and I’m an illustrator, a printer, and an educator.

My images start with the pencil on paper, and finish as bold, bright images in many formats. My work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, and 3 x 3.

I am the Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor for the Illustration Department at CCA.

My clients include BART, The Fillmore Auditorium, Camper Van Beethoven, Camelbak, Chronicle Books, The DeYoung Museum, The Erstwhile Philatelic Society, The Exploratorium, Gingko Press, Hostelling International, McCann Erickson, Oaklandish, Random House, Rickshaw Bagworks, The San Francisco Chronicle, Nike, The Oakland Museum, Scholastic, SFMOMA, 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.

This image was taken by Michael Bartalos at the San Francisco Center for the Book, where I spent a month printing and binding my kids' book  Dog Dreams .

This image was taken by Michael Bartalos at the San Francisco Center for the Book, where I spent a month printing and binding my kids' book Dog Dreams.