Mike Barnard is the artist who designed the 2016 T-shirt artwork for the 53rd Shrimp Festival. Lucky for us Mike knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up...
Mike Barnard is the artist who designed the 2016 T-shirt artwork for the 53rd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. From his earliest years, Mike knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up… Luke Skywalker. With an early passion for paint and drawing, his parents put him into art classes early and he kept at it though college earning a degree in illustration in 1998 from the Columbus College of Art & Design, in Ohio. After mundane jobs in the corporate world of design and layout, he took a leap of faith and moved to Florida landing a career as art director with one of the biggest and best screen printing companies in the country.
Mike is an award winning artist from Ormond Beach, Florida, and he runs a booming freelance illustration company called Sunburn Designs. He specializes in custom artwork for rock bands, celebrities, large scale events, restaurants, and even the small business owner. He has done work for Topps, Disney, and a number of commissioned pieces for private collections. If you have ever purchased a T-shirt from a Florida restaurant, or at Bike Week, you too, may own a piece of his art. Mike also designed the artwork for the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.
Married to the love of his life, Lori, they have a daughter named Alora who will be eight this year.
The call for submissions for the official Shrimp Festival T-shirt design is announced each fall, and the winning artwork will be used on apparel, tote bags, Tervis Tumblers, and marketing and advertising pieces. The artwork must be original and other parameters are set such as the dates, the use of the eight flags, and the proper festival name and location, such as “Fernandina Beach, Florida”.
Designs are selected based on originality, theme, use of color, overall appearance, and commercial viability. For more information on the 2017 design, please keep an eye on ShrimpFestival.com.
For more information about Mike, or his artwork, please visit SunburnDesigns.com.