My name is Mike Schroeder. Thanks for checking out my site. This site mostly serves as a portfolio for my digital art work but it can certainly be used for anything. I’ll try to keep it limited to digital art though.
I started doing digital art in early 2017. I was pining to do it for awhile and I finally bit the bullet and bought a Wacom tablet and paid for a subscription to Sketchbook Pro. My other primary hobby is table top board gaming. I’ve been gaming since around 2007. One of the things that I really love about the modern board game hobby is the art. I think it’s great. I can sit there for hours and stare at all the great board game art that’s out there. I feel the same way about liquor, beer and wine bottles, too!
It’s natural then that I draw board game art! Board game art commissions is what I focus on but I certainly can do art for any other medium. Contact me if you want to talk about what I can do for you. If you want to see some specifics about my art, check this page out.
For my day job I’m a web developer at a great not-for-profit in the Buffalo, NY area. I’ve been in IT professionally for over 10 years and been coding since ’94! I’m clearly a lover to tech so what do I use? I’m an avid Apple user but I’m also a fan of Amazon and Amazon’s services. I like google, but prefer to limit myself to only some of their services like search, Gmail, maps, etc. I love Microsoft too and while I don’t hate Windows, I prefer to use a Mac. But don’t get me wrong, I really like Windows – I feel Apple is more refined and puts more thought and consideration into their products as well as build quality. I actually prefer to do development in C#/.Net Microsoft stuff though! Go figure! I’m pretty tech agnostic nowadays (but Apple is my favorite).
My other interests include business and entrepreneurship. I love small business owners and I respect their hard work and desire to fight against being a corporate drone. Luckily my FT job is far from the corporate stink but I’ve been there and I loathe it. Cubicle life is a micro managed soul sucking experience. One of my daughters has a couple shirts that say, “Dream Big.” I hope you take that advice, too. Hope, dreams and freedom are what it’s about.
To finish off my list of achievements, I have been running a board gaming blog, Board Game Dialog since 2010 and started a podcast to supplement it (I don’t keep it updated though). I also wrote an eBook, Beyond Monopoly: A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Board Games, which is available on Amazon. It’s not very long but it’s filled with good information for the rookie board gamer.
To finish telling you about myself, in my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and I’m usually working on a board game design and enjoying a fine hard cider. Oh yes and I’m a dog lover, and I’m not so much a fan of cats.