Mike Nicholson is an illustrator, storyboard artist, zine author/artist and educator who works as an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media course at London College of Communication.
Originally a graduate of Central St Martins, Mike continues a varied career expressing a lifelong fascination with narrative.
As an illustrator Mike has contributed to many print and film projects, publications and events. He has worked with publications such as The Guardian, Sunday Times and The Big Issue; publishers including Penguin Books and Oxford University Press; and organisations including Amnesty International and the World Fund for Wildlife.
Notable recent examples include the sole creation of a map to accompany best-selling author Charlie Higson’s series of horror novels 'The Enemy', as well as illustrations used as animated content within films investigating dementia created by Why Not Associates for The Design Council. His work with the Beyond Words publishing initiative also began in 2015.
Mike has storyboarded extensively within the worlds of TV, cinema and advertising. With a particular affinity for comedy, he has worked with Reeves and Mortimer, The League of Gentlemen, Paul Merton, and Armando Iannucci. Most recently Mike has created storyboards and concept art for the third series of the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 series ’Toast of London’ starring Matt Berry.
Additionally, Mike is the artist/writer of a series of graphic narratives entitled ‘bio auto graphic’, shaped in the ‘zine’ format and numbering 27 titles since 2004. The series has been reviewed, exhibited and collected internationally, including by Tate Collection, V&A National Art Library and Smith College, Massachusetts, USA.
Mike’s teaching approach aids the students’ understanding of the value of their own voice – their own story – in fuelling distinctive and emotionally expressive visual work.