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A New E-Book Now Available!

It's a 218 page car brochure filled with fabulously ridiculous cars and snarky content:Your Speed, Our Greed, written by Michael K. Lyman, with every image created used A.I. is now available in a digital download for Kindle! Visit this page to get YOUR copy, or this page to learn more!

My daughter took your Magical Manga class for the first time yesterday and when she got in the car she said "The perfect class DOES exist!". She loves that instead of you telling the artists what to draw, you just help or give advice on their own creations. Thank you!-- April D.

Both of my 12 and 13 year old boys enjoyed this class and the teacher was very funny and the class was very informational. He had a lot of examples to share. Overall he was very engaging! We would take other classes if he had more to offer. We hope to see more from him in the near future! The boys will be looking out! 🙂-- Mloves G.

"He is an amazing teacher: funny, talented, and kind. Instead of instructing at the front of the room, he goes to each table and engages with every child, encouraging, teaching, and when necessary, gently nudging them out of their comfort zone. Each child chooses their subject matter, style, drawing tools, and speed. Some kids repeat the class over and over because it is not a standard format; they would never be bored because they create their own class every week. I am so impressed. WOW!"--Holly S., Clearwater

Create Your Own Graphic Novel Introducing a fun, 7-video course created and produced by Magnum Arts, filmed in various locations, that makes it easy to create YOUR comic-style story! Check out the course for free HERE!

I reached out to Michael of Magnum Arts for my daughter Nicole, who was recently diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease at 28 years. After working full time and being a full time nursing student we needed something that served as therapy and let me tell you....Nicole absolutely LOVES the private lessons. Michael has helped her learn how to express herself artistically, which is definitely helping her recovery. She looks forward to his lessons every week. He is a funny, patient and effective teacher. He is an angel we found along the way and we are very happy that he is part of her life! Highly recommend him!
--Elsa Nazario
My daughter, Gracie Hancock, now a Junior in High School, has taken art classes from Mr. Lyman over periods since 7th grade (September, 2010). My daughter has attended his classes at different locations in Pinellas County, including the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, in Safety Harbor and at the Morean Art Center. Mr. Lyman has instructed my daughter in both group settings and private lessons.

My daughter has only glowing things to report of Mr. Lyman as a teacher, describing him as "very relatable -he's gets what I'm trying to create," he "keeps our interest," and he can be a "friend to bring out my creativity, but always in a teacher-student professional way." My daughter has previously provided a testimonial for Mr. Lyman, which reads:

"My art teacher Mike has really impacted my life in a way that he helped me become more observant and to keep an open mind. The most important thing that he taught me is's okay to not fit into what's going on, you make your own normal, you make your own don't have to change for anyone. Thank you for teaching me all this, and for being my art teacher."
From a mother's perspective, I know my daughter was well prepared for a week-long summer intensive of drawing at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) as a rising Sophomore, due to Mr. Lyman's instruction."
--Claire Hancock

"Michael Lyman has a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm as a teacher. People really enjoyed his free 5-minute drawing lessons at our local Comic Con. He knows how to encourage people to connect with their creativity and not be afraid of expressing it in art."

--Greg Plantamura
Computer Graphic Specialist at City of St. Petersburg

Michael coordinated costumed characters from the 501st Legion to attend several large-scale functions at the Tampa Bay History Center in the last year.
From the grand opening of an exhibit which entailed a massive parade down the Riverwalk leading to an "invasion" of the museum to our Night at the Museum trick-or-treat events, Michael's attention to detail allowed these events to run smoothly and the crowds loved it! His strong leadership and respect for his Legion members was obvious, as was their respect for him.

I can't imagine what I would have done this year during our Night at the Museum event if it hadn't been for his dedication. I had to call Michael at the last minute to pull together several people for the event only days away. Not only did he come through, he saved the day! We had more than our initial anticipated need. I can't thank him enough and welcome any opportunity to work with such a dedicated, helpful, enjoyable professional in the future.

--Jen Tyson
Assistant Curator of Education
Tampa Bay History Center

"In addition to being a very talented designer and illustrator, Michael is extremely reliable and one of the best designers with whom I’ve worked. He has a knack for taking limited information from clients (like me!) and creating several options to meet their needs. I’d highly recommend Michael for any type of design work and web site development."

--Pat Huston, SCORE Business Consultant

"Michael K. is an excellent event coordinator. He has helped me organize my outdoor festival at Lowery Park Zoo along with recording and capturing my bands performance. A highly recommend Michael K as an event coordinator, photographer and illustrator."

--John Sammel
Founder, CJS Music Productions

"I've had the pleasure of working with Michael on several Star Wars related group events, with more to come! Michael was instrumental in coordinating appearances by the 501st Legion. His timeliness and attention to detail ensured the troop was an overwhelming success. As a result of Michael’s work, our very first Star Wars event gained national attention, and LucasFilm Ltd.’s, accolades!"

--Chris Farnkopf
Manager, Corporate Hospitality Sales at The Madison Square Garden Company