Howdy.

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

My images start with the pencil, and finish as bold, bright images in all 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 The New York Times, Camper Van Beethoven, Camelbak, Chronicle Books, The DeYoung Museum, The Elsewhere Philatelic Society, The Exploratorium, Gingko Press, Hostelling International, McCann Erickson, Oaklandish, Random House, Rickshaw Bagworks, The San Francisco Chronicle, Nike, The Oakland Museum, Scholastic, The 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 husfriend 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