Mike Schley


Experienced illustration and design professional, fluent in a wide variety of traditional and digital production methods. Possesses excellent conceptual, analytic, and aesthetic capabilities as well as an aptitude for new skill set development. Excels in a fast paced creative environment with a proven ability to manage large teams and guide projects to completion within deadline and budget ranges. Interested in contributing talents to a top-notch company with a focus on quality visual design.

Work Experience

Mike Schley Illustration And Design

Illustrator and Designer

• Concept and final art generation for a variety of clients seeking high quality illustration services.
• Corporate identity design with a focus on elegant and clean logo creation.
• Project management in a deadline oriented studio with short time leads and multiple concurrent assignments.
• Business administration and account management for independent creative company.
• Website and database maintenance in a professional capacity as a small business owner.
September 2005 -

Paizo Publishing LLC

Associate Art Director

• Oversaw the design and production of a leading monthly game genre magazine.
• Assigned and guided interior illustration and cartography for a large team of contract artists.
• Produced monthly online magazine handout and .pdf map supplement.
• Creation of game oriented collateral for multiple in-house magazines.
February 2004 - August 2005

Decipher Inc.

Graphic Designer

• Handled design and pre-press assignments for prominent game publishing company whose licensed products included The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek customizable card games.
• Quality control prior to licensor approvals and off-site final press checks.
• Creation and editing of in-house and out-sourced illustration.
May 2000 - January 2004 Norfolk, Virginia, United States


Old Dominion University

• Studio Arts Major with emphases in illustration and design.
• Left school to pursue a career in the game publishing industry.
August 1996 - May 2000 Norfolk, Virginia, United States


The ENnie Awards

ENnie Award Nomination: Best Cartography - Revenge of the Giants


The ENnie Awards

ENnie Award Nomination: Best Cartography - Elder Evils


The ENnie Awards

ENnie Award: Best Aid or Accessory - Dungeon Magazine


The ENnie Awards

ENnie Award: Best Free Product - Dungeon Magazine Map & Handout Supplements


The Origins Awards

Origins Award: Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game - The Lord of the Rings CCG



Art Direction, Collateral Design, Conceptual Art, Illustration, Packaging Design, Print Media Design,


Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Excel, Illustrator, Indesign, Painter, Photoshop, Quark Express, Word,