Mike Burns is a visual artist living in the New York City area. He works as a freelance illustrator on a wide span of projects for various printed and digital media, a sizeable portion of work is distributed worldwide.

Notable projects / clients:

  • Magic: the Gathering

  • Dungeons & Dragons

  • John Dies at the End

  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits


  • CollegeHumor

Mike also works in-house at Freeze CMI (located in NYC) designing licensed boys t-shirts, where he specializes in humor verbiage. His designs have been sold to mass market retailers like Walmart, Target, Kmart, and Old Navy (among many others).

Notable licenses worked on:

  • Angry Birds

  • DC

  • Disney / Pixar

  • Dreamworks

  • Jurassic World

  • Marvel

  • Pokemon

  • Power Rangers

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Transformers

  • WWE

*T-shirt design portfolio available upon request.

Mike is an expert in understanding what makes a property fun and exciting and can use those elements to create an emotional resonance with audiences and consumers through his images.

Hire Mike for your next illustration project if you need:

  • Highly detailed rendering

  • Mood-building lighting effects

  • Well-organized compositions

  • Interesting creature designs

  • Clever storytelling and humor

  • A fresh take on your property

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Are you available for commission?

A: Yes! If you would like to hire me for your project or personal art request, send me an email (see above). Prices vary depending on project needs, availability, and other factors.

Q: Will you sign my Magic cards?

A: Yes! I use Mark Aronowitz’s signing service, email him about getting me to sign your cards and I’ll happily do so. Mark's email:

Q: Will you be at any Magic events?

A: No. I have no upcoming appearances at any events. Please check back later or follow me on social media for updates (links in bottom right corner).

Q: What medium do you work in?

A: I create my client work digitally using Photoshop. Sometimes I do preliminary sketches in pencil.

Q: If we were to engage in battle, how would I defeat you?

A: Set me up for a pun and I won't be able to resist. Strike while I'm distracted.