Michael Yamada is a Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Instructor at Concept Design Academy, Co-Founder at Extracurricular Activites, and worked at DreamWorks Animation an Additional Visual Development Artist for The Croods.

Mike previously worked as a Visual Development Artist at DreamWorks Animation (2003-2013), A guest Lecturer at California Institute of the Arts (2012), Concept Illustrator at Lightstorm Entertainment (2005), and Instructor at Otis College of Art & Design (2004).

He studied Bachelor of Science, Production Deisgn at the Art Center College of Design (2000-2003).



  • The Croods (2013) - additional visual development
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - visual development
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010) - visual development artist
  • Monsters vs Aliens (2009) - visual development artist
  • Hotels for Dogs (2009) - concept artist
  • Bee Movie (2007) - visual development artist
  • Flushed Away (2006) - visual development artist

Video Shorts

  • Kung Fu Panda: Secret of the Masters (2011) - visual development

Concept Art