Michael Batista

Michael Batista – Designer

Illustrator drawing comics and designing covers for Oxford University Press for 10+ years. New York Book Award for Best Cover Design 2018.

Overview

Have 10+ years of experience in illustration working for renowned publishing company Oxford University Press. I excel at taking complex ideas and communicating them with simple visuals. Also have a strong sense for graphic storytelling. Ability to draw anything, but exceptional skill at rendering people and likenesses. Passionate about books and storytelling.


I illustrate digitally and would describe my art style as being simple, striking, and bold. My art is also strongly influenced by the world of comic books.


***also eligible for work outside of manuscripts***

Services
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction True Crime
Languages
English
Awards
  • New York Book Award for Best Cover Design 2018
Certifications
  • Minor in Studio Art

Work experience

Oxford University Press

Sep, 2013 — Present

Illustrating a series of 13 educational comic books (New York Book Award winning CrimComics). Thoroughly research and gather references to communicate compelling visual ideas within the narratives. Other responsibilities include comic book type design, preparing press ready files, cover design/illustration, making copy edits, approving proofs, and adherence to production schedule and deadlines. Responsive to creative feedback and art direction. Complete art reiterations as needed.

N/A

Oct, 2019 — Present

Conceptualize, design, and management of all stages of exterior and interior of four independently published art books. Created more than 100 illustrations spanning three artist sketchbooks and one coloring book. Coloring book audience aimed at Middle Grade and Young Adults. Independently market each book release.

Michael has 4 reviews

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Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Mar, 2024

Absolute pleasure working with Michael .. the first of many projects im sure
Michael B.
Always enjoy connecting with like-minded creatives. Cheers to working on consecutive projects!
Theresa-Santana R.

Theresa-Santana R.

Mar, 2024

Very helpful with project. Worked well within my budget.
Michael B.
Thanks, San, it's been a pleasure! Glad I could help you realize your project!
Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Mar, 2024

pleasure working with Michael.. creative, took my ideas and ran with them. I look forward to more collaborations in the future
Nick F.

Nick F.

Dec, 2023

In my experience, Michael responded fast, asked questions to further develop well thought out images for my book, and delivered on time as well as updates in between. Would recommend!
Michael B.
Working with Nick on his project was a great experience. His project was well thought out and he had clear thoughts about the illustrations he needed. He was responsive and easy to work with. Glad ...
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