Blue Sky poster in the Paris Metro. Painting by 

Michael Knapp began his career as a freelance illustrator and commercial storyboard artist, but his love for film and animation eventually steered him to the doorstep of Blue Sky Studios. After designing sets and characters on Robots, environments on Ice Age: The Meltdown, and sets and characters on Horton Hears a Who, he was given his first opportunity to art direct on the Academy Award nominated Scrat short No Time For Nuts. He then went on to Art Direct the Blue Sky Studios animated feature films Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursEpic, and most recently Ice Age: Collision Course. He is currently Production Designer on the September, 2019 film Spies in Disguise.

His love of visual storytelling can also be found in the anthologies Out of Picture Volumes 1 and 2 of which he was book designer, co-producer and story contributor. His work can be found in The Art of RobotsThe Art of Epic, The Art of Blue Sky Studios, The Art of Ice Age: Collision CourseSpectrum 12 and 13 as well as the Society of Illustrators Annuals 48 and 49. He received awards from the AIGA and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for his illustration work and has received several Annie Award nominations for his work as a Designer and Art Director.

His work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators (New York), The Norman Rockwell Museum (Mass.), Galerie Arludik and Le Musée Art Ludique (Paris).


Michael Knapp’s Filmography of Animated Short and Feature Films

  • Spies in Disguise - Production Designer, to be released Sept 2019
  • Ice Age: Collision Course - Art Director, Title Design 2016
  • Epic - Art Director, 2013
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift - Visual Development, 2012
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Art Director, 2009
  • No Time For Nuts - Art Director, 2006
  • Horton Hears A Who - Character and Environment Design, 2008
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown - Visual Development, Environment Design, 2006
  • Robots - Visual Development, Character and Environment Design, Graphic Design 2005
  • Ice Age - Additional Matte Paintings, 2005


Previous clients include: Saatchi & Saatchi, ReelFX, Pitt Magazine, Carnegie Mellon Magazine, Pittsburgh Technology Council, The History Channel, Bozell Kamstra, Philadelphia Weekly, Baylor Line Magazine, Diversity, Inc. Magazine.