Michael Ellis


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About Me

I am a career educator and artist, currently a core faculty member (Illustration) at Southwest University of Visual Arts in Albuquerque, NM. I have an active gallery art practice and regularly show mixed media, sculpture and digital work.

I have also had a successful career as a commercial artist, with a number of illustration, comic, and graphic design credits to my name. A full CV is available upon request.

Teaching Style

I am an active, engaged teacher. I enjoy guiding students through their own creative process. Gentle and patient, I use targeted questions and critique in order to help my students reach their creative goals.

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Payments Accepted

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Some Supplies You Might Need

Students seeking instruction in digital art must have access to Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop/ Illustrator in particular), Procreate, or other digital art program.

Students seeking instruction in illustration or drawing may use the media of their choosing.

Students who wish to learn about the creative process and concept development need to be willing to write

*TRAIN is a free service offered by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, which receives no proceeds from instruction. Our mission is to connect artists directly with students, and all instructional arrangements and financial agreements are made exclusively between the artists and the students. The Virginia Folklife Program does not assume responsibility or liability for these arrangements.