Full name

Michael Lapinski


Nashville, TN


Michael is an animation designer and art director as well as a comic book artist and creator. A New Jersey native and an alumnus of Rutgers University, Michael began his career by cel painting on “Disney’s Doug” as a college intern at Jumbo Pictures in NYC. He has worked as lead digital designer on Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking series “Blue’s Clues” and as color supervisor and lead background painter on 4Kids’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” with Dancing Diablo Studio. He returned to Nickelodeon first as art director, establishing the aesthetic for the animated pilot “Chickiepoo & Fluff: Barnyard Detectives,” and then as digital designer on the pre-school math show “Team Umizoomi.” Michael is co-creator and artist of the 6-issue bilingual comic book series “Feeding Ground,” published by Archaia Entertainment. Since moving to Nashville, Michael has worked as a director and art director at Magnetic Dreams Studio, for clients such as Coca~Cola and Crayola but most often on segments for Sesame Street such as “Crumby Pictures” starring Cookie Monster and "Elmo the Musical," for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award.

2012-2013 Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Design , Daytime Emmy Awards
for "Elmo the Musical," Sesame Street
2012-2013 "Stop! Take Notice" (Group Exhibition), The Frist Center, Nashville, TN