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Michael Mantel

Michael Mantel - Character illustrator. 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.
Sunset view from children room
Michael Mantel
Moonlight maker illustration
Michael Mantel
Children painting a meadow
Michael Mantel
Line illustration of a girl setting inside the Cloud
Michael Mantel
Girl walking on tree trunk in forest
Michael Mantel
Children lovesickness illustration
Michael Mantel
Retro art of different types of men and women
Michael Mantel
Cartoon design of Tradesman working for house
Michael Mantel
Smell of spring lettering illustration
Michael Mantel
People happy man
Michael Mantel
Child with pet in self made space suit staring at moon
Michael Mantel
Child friendship with octopus illustration
Michael Mantel
Animal Ape digital art
Michael Mantel
Painting of animals Dinosaur
Michael Mantel
Humor illustration of Ostrich Bird
Michael Mantel
Animal Blue Whale painting
Michael Mantel
Fashion models illustration by Michael Mantel
Michael Mantel
Editorial illustration of A Black Girl by Michael Mantel
Michael Mantel
Brown hair girl graphic illustration
Michael Mantel
Lifestyle of Young woman with umbrella
Michael Mantel
Young couple farewell at train station digital artwork
Michael Mantel
Young woman in summer fashion
Michael Mantel
My View
Michael Mantel
Computer Generated Skipping stones.
Michael Mantel
Line illustration of a girl smelling flowers
Michael Mantel
Digital art of submarine underwater adventure
Michael Mantel
Child riding a squirrel line and color illustration
Michael Mantel
children nose dive
Michael Mantel
Animals The fox is on the road
Michael Mantel
Cartoon character of road trip buddies
Michael Mantel
children flower kids
Michael Mantel
children friendship
Michael Mantel
Cartoon & Humour Police Officer Brody Brown
Michael Mantel
Editorial illustration of truck driver roaring dirty words
Michael Mantel
Political man giving speech
Michael Mantel
Man taking a parking ticket
Michael Mantel
Beauty Woman on a swing, autumn leaves
Michael Mantel
People guests at wedding
Michael Mantel
Graphic newyork marathon
Michael Mantel
Lifestyle Mother with child
Michael Mantel
Computer Generated Young man looking young woman.
Michael Mantel
People the Gardener
Michael Mantel
Line illustration of a couple writing love letter to each other
Michael Mantel
Cartoon&Humour business as usual
Michael Mantel
people girls with marriage in thoughts
Michael Mantel
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