Michael Born

active 3 months, 1 week ago


Types of Work Performed

digital 2d, digital 3d, animation, mixed media


digitally hand-painted

Artist Profile


Michael Born creates engaging renderings and animations by melding classic rendering artistry with innovative digital tools. The result is imagery that sparks the imagination and captivates an audience.

Trained as an architect with 20 years of experience in the industry, Michael’s illustrations and animations breathe life into design whether the source is a napkin sketch or construction documents. Since launching Born Illustration in 2007, he has explored and perfected techniques to evoke emotional connections that eclipse photorealism. He has worked with artists and filmmakers as well as architects, developers, and fundraisers.

Michael is an adjunct professor at the Boston Architectural College and teaches Digital Artistic Illustration, a program he designed to help students quickly create convincing renderings from their own designs. He also teaches and chairs the SketchUp Bootcamp at the Boston Society of Architects, structured to help architects and designers rapidly get up to speed and comfortable using SketchUp, a popular design and modeling tool.

Client List

Client List

“Last year I hired Born Illustration to develop images for one of my
public art proposals, and it completely changed my practice.”
-Ralph Helmick | Helmick Sculpture

“One of the things I find appealing in Michael’s sketches
is that they are approachable and loose. Michael’s style
places the emphasis on the proposed building without a
lot of peripheral noise. I wholeheartedly recommend his services.”
-Steven Rosen | President, Available Light, Inc.

“Michael listens well and brings his own constructive comments
into the work, the result of which helped to develop the design
and effectively communicate the intent to the client. We look forward
to using his services again and recommend him without reservation.”
-Don Mills | Principal and Owner, Mills Whitaker Architects



Michael Born



Phone Number

(617) 470-9185




36 Church Street
West Roxbury