Commissions from London publishers began a highly successful move in 1983 from Design Studio Manager and cartoonist to freelance illustration. Mike has since illustrated over five hundred children's and non-children's books.
His work covers a truly wide range, extending from educational and non-fiction books to entertainment and fiction. Mike's illustration now includes both design and illustration for major publishers such as Scholastic Books, Simon & Schuster, Reed International, Harper Collins, Hodder, Ladybird, Longman, Penguin, Walker Books, Western Publishing, Usborne and Random Century. The international publication of many of the titles illustrated by Mike means his work is seen in over eighteen countries.
In addition, Mike has produced over 800 humorous greeting card designs for clients such as the international giant, Hallmark, as well as the major UK companies, UKG and Gordon Fraser.
Later completing a 13 episode animated series, ‘BB3B’ running for the BBC in the UK
Cartooning has also brought Mike acclaim in worldwide competitions, adding to his international reputation as a top humorous illustrator. Since 1993, he has continued his successful career based in California, U.S.A., already gaining a nomination in the prestigious National Cartoonists Society Awards.
WINNER Berol Cartoonist of the Year, 1988 RUNNER UP International Cartoonist, 1989 Public Prize: Italy's 'Trento Fra Realto e Follia' CONTRIBUTOR 'Kidz International' 051 Productions, 1990 NOMINATED German Silver Quill Award, Childrens Publishing 199