Michael "Mike" Yamada is the Co-Founder of Extracurricular Activites, an Instructor at the Concept Design Academy, and a visual development artist at both Walt Disney Animation Studios and DreamWorks Animation.

He studied Bachelor of Science, Product Design at the Art Center College of Design (2000-2003), and previously worked as a guest lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts (2012), a concept illustrator at Lightstorm Entertainment (2005), and as an Instructor at the Otis College of Art & Design (2004).



  • 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
  • Hotel for Dogs (2009) - concept artist
  • Bee Movie (2007) - visual development artist
  • Flushed Away (2006) - visual development artist

Video Short

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

Concept Art

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