Michael Shumate is the Grand Poobah

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Mr. Self-important
Halifax Shipyards
Lamb & Lion
The Fox's View
Mister K's
Trout River
Mural of the Empress
Feedbag Pillows










About Michael Shumate, a.k.a. the Grand Poobah

"The first day of teaching any new students, I tell them to call me Michael, not Professor Shumate or Mr. Shumate. Then I tell them if they forget my name, they can always call me Grand Poobah. That always gets a laugh from them. It establishes a rapport with my students. They know that even though I have much to teach them, I don’t take myself too seriously. Their respect for me will be earned and ego games are not something we’ll be playing."

That's how Michael teaches. That's how he speaks.

Michael's artistic experience and proficiency is unusually broad. As one might expect from his book, Logo Theory, Michael is Professor Emeritus of St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, where he taught illustration and graphic design for 25 years. The subjects he taught include Color Theory, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Illustration including Computer Illustration, Art History and Branding Design.

In addition to teaching, for nearly 50 years Michael has been a graphic designer and commercial illustrator, a conceptualizer and writer, an organizer and motivator. For the seven years before becoming a teacher, he was Senior Designer/Illustrator for a mid-sized design studio and advertising agency. Michael’s design experience extends to all areas of graphic design including advertising, corporate identity, institutional design, annual reports, display and interpretive center design as well as print and web design. As a stock illustrator with TheImageBank.com (now owned by GettyOne - search under Shumate), Michael’s illustration work has been used all over the world for such clients as British Airways Magazine, Kelley Services, Macmillan McGraw-Hill publishers and Business Week. He is fluent in many illustration styles and in virtually every medium: oil, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor, as well as the digital media Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Michael is also a writer of fiction, novels, middle grade, chapter books and picture books, as well as non-fiction including the two books mentioned on the home page. He is also a painter and folk artist.

Besides all that, he is the son of an artist and a musician, husband to a music teacher, and father to more musicians, a writer, a fine woodworker, a photographer and two more who studied filmmaking at university.

Michael has been a popular speaker for youth conferences and groups as well as a guest lecturer and presenter for adult audiences on a range of topics including those embodied in "Success In The Arts: What It Takes to Make It in Creative Fields" and his newest book, "Logo Theory: How Branding Design Really Works." The principles that Michael teaches in his "Success in the Arts" presentations apply equally to all of the arts. Michael's presentations on Logo Theory are all build on powerful visuals and humorous commentary.

All work at left by A. Michael Shumate
1. "Mr. Self-important" editorial illustration in acrylic.
    See VisualEntity.com
2. "Halifax Shipyards" technical illustration in acrylic & gouache. See VisualEntity.com
3. "Lamb and Lion logo. See Corp-ID-Man.com
4. "The Fox's View" hand cut hand stenciled limited edition print. See FolkStencilOriginals.com
5. "Mister K's logo" antique type. See Corp-ID-Man.com and HandTypes.com
6. "Trout River" oil painting. See MichaelShumate.com
7. "The Empress" 16' x 7' mural in enamel. See Visualentity.com
8. "Allosaurus" nature illustration in pastel. See Visualentity.com
"Feedbag Pillows" hand stencilled cushions. See Handtypes.com


All work at right by A. Michael Shumate
10. "Technology and Business" digital illustration. See Visualentity.com
11. "Latimer SoapWorks logo." See Corp-ID-Man.com and HandTypes.com
12. "Panmure Island" linocut style giclée print. See michaelshumate.com
13. "Nature illustration logo." See Corp-ID-Man.com
14. "Does the Way You Work Effect the Way You Think?" acrylic editorial illustration. See HandTypes.com
15. "Modern" type, digital. See HandTypes.com
16. "PEI's Mud Roads" acrylic historical illustration. See Visualentity.com
17. "Ratilda's Brood" digital cover illustration. See Elfstonepress.com
18. "Circuit Head" digital illustration. See visualentity.com










Technology and Business
Latimer SoapWorks
Panmure Island
Nature Illustration Logo
Does the Way you work change the way you think?
Modern Type
Mud Roads
Ratilda's Brood

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