About Me
I was born and raised in the great city of St. Louis, Missouri. Like any St. Louisan, I love Cardinals baseball more than just about anything and I love the St. Louis Blues. Growing up I was always taught to do what I loved and I loved to draw. So it was natural that when it was time to go to college I would find one of the best art schools in the country and work to get accepted. To my delight, I was accepted into the Illustration program at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design, located in Sarasota, FL.

After graduating from Ringling in 1999 I began working for a marketing firm back in St. Louis as a web designer, learning the ins and outs of web design and web development. After a couple years at that marketing firm, I moved to Nashville, TN and worked as a web designer, on contract, for HCA Healthcare. After my contract with HCA was over, I moved to Orlando, FL and got a job as a web designer at HD Supply, which is Home Depot’s corporate headquarters for the contractor’s side of Home Depot. After serving my time at HD Supply, I felt led to move back to Nashville, TN and was very happy to do so as I started working for Brainwave Studios in Franklin, TN (just outside of Nashville) as their Art Director for their online virtual world for kids called Franktown Rocks. After a wildly successful run with Franktown Rocks, I was offered a job at a dream company of mine, Big Idea Entertainment, creators of VeggieTales!

What I love more than anything is raising my beautiful children with my lovely wife. We have 4 boys and 1 sweet little girl. In the art realm, my greatest passion is illustrating children’s books and making words come alive with illustrations that I have drawn and colored.

Please continue to click through my website and view my portfolio, then when you’re finished, I would ask that you please send me an email, refer me to your friends/colleagues or keep me in mind for any future work for which you could hire me as a contract illustrator or web designer.

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Mike Sofka

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