Mike Ponce – Visual Artist & Comic Illustrator

Graphic Design – Marketing & Branding – Art Direction – Photography – Comic Book Illustration – 2D Animation – Acrylic Painting – Wall Murals – Graffiti – Food Truck Art – Children’s Book Illustration – Digital Painting

It’s safe to say that I live up to my social moniker — “Mike Does Art” — having used the mediums above to execute my artistic style and vision over the past 16 years of my career.

As an Alumni of International Fine Arts College, The Art Institutes & Miami Ad School, my animation and advertising background has given me a very unique palette of tools that I am able to apply towards my Art.

In any given week, you can find me designing the menu for a chain of new restaurants, painting a taco food truck, submitting illustrations for a dark fantasy comic book to an editor, updating event flyers and print media for a local arcade, setting up t-shirt art for a craft brewery or putting the finishing touches on a custom painted action figure for a toy collector. I find great joy in identifying the ways that I can execute all these different endeavors with my own distinct style. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have created art for clientele around the world such as Caribou Coffee, Chinet, First State Bank of the Florida Keys, Boston Burger Company and Duffy’s Sports Grill to name a few. My art has been displayed in galleries or as murals in Key West, Miami, St. Petersburg and most recently Tampa. For those in the Tampa Bay area, you might have seen Lowry Parcade’s food truck fixture, called ‘8-Bit Bytes’, featuring a mural collaboration between Tampa Artist Francisco “Frankie G” Gonzalez and myself. If you’ve been to New York Comic Con, you may be familiar with Comic Book School, a group run by famed Marvel writer Buddy Scalera, who’s new anthology “Creator Connections” features a comic illustrated by yours truly. Later in 2022, Tampa residents will be seeing my work gracing the storefront of new Seminole Heights eatery “BFF Artisan Bakery”, who’s logo and design aesthetic I curated and created for the business owner.

I am excited to be able to use my creative insights and perspectives to sculpt new artistic visions for the Tampa Bay/St. Pete Area as well as the world.