Calgary Illustrator Michael Grills

About Calgary Illustrator Michael Grills

Michael Grills Illustration is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Michael has been making art, illustration and logos for design agencies, magazines, publishers, video directors, and video game makers from all over the world ever since 2005. As well as doing art for illustration fans.

Specializing in two dimensional art Michael amplifies your concepts by simplifying, enhancing, and focusing on your unique messages.

Michael is an expert at the Adobe Creative Suite but his favourite software is Adobe Illustrator.

He also takes time to teach video editing and motion graphics at the University of Calgary. He teaches a for fun drawing as well.

“I promise you’ll get more than what you expect from an illustrator.”

Michael Grills graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design and went directly to Bioware Corp. in Edmonton, getting hands on experience making AAA story driven RPG’s. When his first son was born he decided to move back home to Calgary so that he could raise his family in his hometown among their relatives.

He started independently illustrating and has enjoyed working as a production manager, art director, creative director and illustrator depending on what the project requires and how he fits into the team. Michael loves collaboration and big ideas.

He also brings a unique perspective to small business, based on years of marketing and communications, helping them to get their message out clearly and concisely. If you work with Michael you will quickly realize he’s not just making an illustration for you. He’s helping you figure out exactly what your getting an illustration for and how it will help you and your business.

Proudly working from Calgary, Alberta Canada in a co-working space.

He lives with his wife, two children and a gecko and love’s bike riding, martial arts, kites, and camping. With Banff right out the back door it’s no wonder he keeps the shop here.


2015 April
Showcase 100
Group Show and Book

Best Game
Digital Alberta

Silver Award
Creative Shake

Merit Awards

Public Speaking and Instruction

2016 – 2017
University of Calgary

Drawing Instruction

ACAD Illustration Class

Calgary Expo 


2015 July
Behance Illustration Spotlight

Art Shows and Events

2015 April
Showcase 100
Group Show and Book

2010 March
Endeavor Arts Gallery Show


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Michael Grills Illustration is a proud sponsor of Classroom Champions.

Their mission is to role model the process of excellence in order to increase every child’s chance of a bright and successful future.