My name is Michael Crutchfield and I have a deep passion for illustration, design, creating great work with great people. I love gatherings with good friends, mixed martial arts, and a smooth glass of happiness. I also look forward to “new comic Wednesdays”... seriously!
I’ve always loved problem solving and many aspects of visual communication, which attracted me since I was a small child. The emotions that images can trigger, prompting reactions and creating ideas, breathing life into their expressions and experiences, has been the fuel of my passion since, well, since ever.
Over the years, I've used my passion to help build billion dollar brands (P&G, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Disney, Wendy’s among others) and grew a small agency of 18 people into a global presence with 17 offices worldwide. Teaching Illustration and cartooning at my alma mater, Oklahoma State University, Institute of Technology, was definintely one of my favorite experiences in the past, as I was teaching others how I always wanted to be taught.
Some of my clients include:
I've always been enamored with many aspects of art and the stories they can tell. Which is why expressing myself in different mediums captured my imagination at an early age. I completed high school art in the 6th grade, and later graduated from Oklahoma State University, Institute of Technology with a degree in Visual Communications. Beginning my career in broadcasting with ABC-TV, I soon gravitated towards advertising agencies and spent years refining my craft in both art directing, designing, and illustration.
In 1998 I joined ThompsonMurray, a small agency in Northwest Arkansas. Comprised of only 18 people at the time, we became part of the pioneering team that helped develop shopper marketing with Procter & Gamble's Walmart/SAM’S Club Customer Team. We rapidly grew into a global presence of 17 offices in a handful of years, and in 2004, we were acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi to become their shopper marketing agency, Saatchi & Saatchi X. During my 17.5 years there, I held positions as Associate Creative Director, Creative Director, and Design Director of North America.
I also share work on Deviantart, search for inspiration wherever I can, love live music, have been known as a dog whisperer, and connect regularly with family & friends on Facebook, Instagram, and the old-fashioned way: in person. :)
Here’s my resumé:
I’m all about creating new and
unique solutions that exceed
expectations. Love being in a team environment and mentoring others as well.
If you wish to contact me and say hello or give me feedback feel free to reach me at
(That's "crutch" spelled backwards.)