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Michael Mantel

Michael Mantel - Character illustrator. Germany

Barum, Germany
Character design, comics, editorial, storyboarding, advertising and branding – German illustrator Michael Mantel is a versatile artist who feels at home with just about any brief. Working in a loose, languid and expressive style, the joy he experiences when drawing often shines through in his art, which has a happy sense of creativity to it. His clients find him reliable, amenable and able to meet just about any request.
You can tell from Michael’s portfolio that he’s always enjoyed drawing comics and cartoons. He studied Communication Design at HTK Hamburg but is an artist who learns by doing and before becoming an illustrator worked for the German studio behind the animated films Animals United and Tarzan. Bringing that character-based experience across into his illustration work, his influences include Albert Uderzo, Bernhard Vogel and Pixar.

Approach

Michael works on a Wacom Cintiq using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and sometimes uses an iPad Pro if he needs to work on the road. Having mastered an array of natural media, he gives his work a real-world look and feel even though it’s created digitally.

Styles

While most of Michael’s work can be described as lively, colourful and humorous, he works in a range of styles chosen to suit the needs of his client and their brief. Each image is styled uniquely for its application.

Client list

Michael’s clients include Asklepios Kliniken International, Audi, Bahlsen, Deichmann, Continental, GEOlino, Handelsblatt, Reveal Hearst Magazine, Samsung and Warner Music.
Underwater Adventure
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Foxy Ride
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Desires.
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Friendship
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Flower Kids
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Faces
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Editorial Girls
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Farewell
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Dirty Words
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Summer Girl
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The Speech
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Parking
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Umbrella Girl
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Autumn Girl
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The Departure
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Wedding Party
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NY Marathon
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Parade
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Winter Holidays
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The Gardener
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Loveletters
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Business As Usual
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Lovestory
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