Michael David Ward
Japanese/American, Michael David Ward is a technical illustrator and writer from the tech industry, and is a published fine-artist, graphic designer, and science fiction/fantasy writer. He has created many commemorative images for Paramount Studios, Lucas Arts, and New Line Cinema on such properties as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lost in Space. His works of art and character designs have also been licensed by numerous companies for a variety of products such as collector plates, greeting cards, custom bank checks, calendars, posters and prints, puzzles, and apparel. His work has also been featured in numerous magazine articles such as Heavy Metal Magazine and on book and magazine covers.
His original paintings and limited-edition prints are collected worldwide and have been prominently displayed in galleries, and exhibitions all over the United States, Europe, and Japan. His art is in the collections of such notables as Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek), George Lucas (creator of Star Wars), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes, and numerous other actors and businesses.
Michael was also chosen as one of the featured artists in a series of “Marine Art Expos,” which was affiliated with the Cousteau Society that were produced in both Monterey, California and Maui, Hawaii.
Some of Michael’s images have been seen on television shows such as the “Third Rock from the Sun, Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special,” the Star Trek documentary “Trekkies,” and was featured as a prominent display at Disneyland’s “Star Tours” ride.
In addition to his accomplishments as a fine artist, Michael founded a successful sportswear apparel company named “Lifeforms International” which featured numerous character designs created by Michael. The company went on to sell millions of t-shirts and other apparel nationally and worldwide to gift shops and department stores such Federated, J.C. Penny, Mervyns, Macy’s, etc.
Michael’s characters also attracted the attention of Hollywood such as 20th Century Fox, and MGM Animation. He has also worked as a designer on pre and post production of several films.
Presently, Michael is writing and illustrating a graphic novel, Chronicles of Loween – Ronin Witch, and developing an environmental action thriller titled, S.H.R.E.D. – the tale of an orca girl who is half/human, and half/killer whale.