Jeff Miracola - Artist and Illustrator
 

Biography

Jeff Miracola

Jeff Miracola was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 10, 1971. By 1973, Jeff, his older brother, and his mother moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he would remain until after college.

With little financial means, Jeff, his brother and mother, moved from one poor housing project or apartment to another, finally settling on the north side of Milwaukee in one of the deadliest neighborhoods in the city.

At a very early age, art became a means of escape for Jeff. He would spend a lot of time indoors to remove himself from the violence, drugs and death that plagued the city streets and, unfortunately, claimed the lives of so many of his friends. Jeff credits his mother for saving his life during these hard times. "My mother encouraged my artwork no matter how disturbing or dark it was. She would buy art supplies for me at times I knew we didn't have the money to spend. She wanted something better for me than to end up dead in the streets."

At the age of 15, faced with being sent to one of the worst high schools in the area, Jeff was on the verge of dropping out when his mother discovered a newly formed art school, the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. An audition was required at the school and Jeff's life took a dramatic turn when he was accepted.

High school years were spent learning as much about art as possible. Unsure of what he would do with his talent, Jeff found the direction he needed when a friend gave him a book entitled "The Art of Frank Frazetta." The young artist found the inspiration he longed for in the brush strokes and pen marks of this great, modern master. Having a taste of fantasy art opened an entirely new world for Jeff as he began to discover one great artist after another, such as Brom, Michael Whelan, Boris Vallejo, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Jeff Jones, and so many more.

After high school, Jeff attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and, after two years, embarked on a freelance career that would lead him to work on the world-famous trading-card game, Magic: the Gathering, from Wizards of the Coast, inc. He also worked on other successful card games, such as Shadowrun, Changeling, Battletech, Rage, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Judge Dredd, and more. Book covers and magazines would follow, as well as conceptual toy design for Warner Bros.' Batman Beyond and Nickelodeon's Animorphs.

Today, Jeff has slowly shifted his style of art as he becomes more focused on children's books, editorial work, and video game graphics, like those created for Electronic Art's Mini-Golf game, released on the Apple iPod.

Jeff works out of his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he lives with his wife and three children.



Books

Books:

  • The Book of Impossible Objects, activity book (Klutz/Scholastic)
  • Thumb Wars: The Ultimate Guide, activity book (Klutz/Scholastic)
  • Welcome to Monster Isle, picture book (Immedium, Inc.)
  • Mail Me Art: Going Postal with the World's Best Illustrators and Designers, (HOW Books)
  • World of Warcraft: The Art of the Trading Card Game, (Upper Deck Entertainment)
  • Expose Vol. 4 (Ballistic Publishing)
  • Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons, (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 20 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 19 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 16 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 15 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 5 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 4 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 3 (Underwood Books)
  • Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Vol. 2 (Underwood Books)
  • The Art of Magic: the Gathering (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • High Tech & Low Life: The Art of Shadowrun (FASA Corporation)
  • Races of Destiny - Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Complete Arcane - Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Complete Adventurer - Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Target: Matrix - Shadowrun (FASA Corporation)
  • Feng Shui (Daedalus Games)
  • Feng Shui 2nd Edition (Atlas Games)
  • Magic in the Shadows - Shadowrun (FASA Corporation)
  • Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix III (TSR, Inc.)
  • Rage: Warriors of the Apocalypse (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Something Wild - Planescape (TSR, Inc.)
  • Spherewalker Sourcebook - Everway (Rubicon Games, Inc.)
  • Awakenings: New Magic in 2057 - Shadowrun (FASA Corporation)
  • Changeling: the Dreaming (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Dangerous Prey - Whispering Vault (Pariah Press)
  • Everway (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Horrors - Earthdawn (FASA Corporation)
  • Bug City - Shadowrun (FASA Corporation)
  • The Sea of Shadows - Wraith the Oblivion (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Blades - Earthdawn (FASA Corporation)
  • Alkelda Dawn - Starfire (Task Force Games)
  • Tower of Babel - John Steele (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Savage Attack - Rage (White Wolf Game Studios)
Magazines

Magazines:

  • Creative Quarterly 20 - August 2010
  • PlanSponsor Magazine (Asset International) - May 2007
  • PlanAdvisor Magazine (Asset International) - February 2008
  • PlanAdvisor Magazine (Asset International) - December 2008
  • Advanced Photoshop Magazine (Imagine Publishing) - Issues 27, 36, 41, 63, 77, 89
  • ImagineFX Magazine (Future Publishing Limited UK) - Issues 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Dragon Magazine (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.) - Issues 254, 267, 270, 272, 276, 290
  • Duelist Magazine (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.) - Issues 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33
  • Amazing Stories (Paizo Publishing) Issue 604
  • Amazing Stories (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.) - Issue 593
  • Pyramid Magazine (Steve Jackson Games) - Issue 17
  • Inphobia Magazine (White Wolf Game Studios) - Issue 52
  • Kartefakt Magazine - INTERVIEW (Nautilus - Germany) - Issue 21
  • Chronicles Magazine (Target Games UK) - Issue 9
Card Games

Card Games:

  • Magic: the Gathering (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • World of Warcraft (Upper Deck Entertainment)
  • Rage - based on Warewolf: the Apocalypse (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Battletech - Limited Edition (FASA Corporation)
  • Battletech - Crusade (FASA Corporation)
  • Shadowrun (FASA Corporation)
  • Deadlands - Mouth of Hell (Five Rings Publishing Group)
  • Deadlands - Revelations (Five Rings Publishing Group)
  • Judge Dredd (Round Table Productions UK)
  • Dark Eden (Target Games UK)
  • Vampire: the Eternal Struggle (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Changeling: the Dreaming (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Arcadia: The Wyld Hunt (White Wolf Game Studios)
  • Earthquake (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)
  • Everway (Wizards of the Coast, Inc.)

Other Projects:

  • 2010 Dallas Film Festival poster art
  • 2010 Beautiful Grim Art Auction
  • Jungle Dragon website graphics
  • Target GiftCard - January 2009
  • Mini-Golf game for Apple iPod Video - Visual game design (Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Batman Beyond Action Figures - Conceptual Sketches (Warner Bros. / Hasbro, Inc.)
  • Animorphs - Conceptual Sketches (Nickelodeon / Hasbro, Inc.)
  • E3 Convention Display - Conceptual Sketches (Crave Entertainment)
  • Infochameleon Company Cult - Comic Covers (Media Warp Comics)
  • Asylum #2 - Comic Book (Millenium Publications)
  • The Best of Asylum Vol. 1 - Comic Book (Millenium Publications)
  • The Collector's Dracula - Comic Book (Millenium Publications)

Clients

  • Target
  • Scholastic/Klutz
  • Advanced Photoshop Magazine
  • Jungle Dragon
  • Weekly Dig
  • Crave Entertainment
  • Dragon Magazine
  • Duelist Magazine
  • Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • FASA Corporation
  • Hasbro, Inc.
  • ImagineFX Magazine
  • Immedium, Inc.
  • Mayfair Games
  • Hasbro, Inc.
  • Phoenix New Times Magazine
  • Paizo Publishing
  • Pariah Press
  • PlanAdvisor Magazine
  • PlanSponsor Magazine
  • Round Table Productions
  • Rubicon Games, Inc.
  • Steve Jackson Games
  • Target Games AB
  • Task Force Games
  • Upper Deck Entertainment
  • White Wolf Game Studios
  • Wizards of the Coast, Inc.

Photos

At Grand Prix Geneva, Switzerland, February 2007
At Grand Prix Geneva, Switzerland, February 2007.
Brian Ewing and Me at San Diego ComicCon 2004
Brian Ewing and Me at San Diego ComicCon 2004.
Brian Froud and Me at San Diego ComicCon 2004
Brian Froud and Me at San Diego ComicCon 2004.
Signing at Magic: The Gathering Words in Belgium 2000
Signing at Magic: the Gathering Worlds in Belgium, 2000. Photo © Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
With Paolo Parente and others in Santiago, Chile in, July 1999
(Left to right) Me, Mauricio, Paolo Parente and Andreas in Santiago, Chile, July 1999.
Signing at Grand Prix Madrid, Spain, January 1998
Signing at Grand Prix Madrid, Spain, January 1998
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