In your opinion which medium do you consider is the easiest and which is the toughest to work in and why?
Working digitally is by far the toughest for me. I’ve made a conscious decision not to mimic my traditional style in a digital space because I feel I can say so much more with my digital style of art. The imagery and ideas come to me on a much more subconscious level. When I work digitally, I am tapping into the feelings that got me excited about art as a child. Whenever I invest emotion into my work, it becomes difficult to create. And I invest a lot of emotion and thought into my digital work.
Traditional drawing and painting is the easiest for me. Once I knock out a sketch, I can be on autopilot for an entire painting. That isn’t to say I don’t push myself, but working with paint feels so natural to me and I don’t have to think too hard about what to do.
Does your bank balance reflect your talent?
I wish! Man, I have some mad skillz. I can set layers in Photoshop to multiply, rasterize shapes and define patterns like all the big guys. So why don’t I have a gold-plated Wacom tablet or a diamond encrusted Mac? Hold on, let me log into my bank account and check the balance……. (Jeff cries).
Apart from illustration what other things are you into?
Spending time with my kids. If I could find a way to get paid to be a dad, that would be my only job (note to self, make kids start paying me). My three kids are awesome. There is nothing better in life than just hanging with my kids. When I’m not paintifying or digitizing, I’m doing anything I can with my kids – bikes, boards, games, painting, shopping, etc. It’s all good.
Who are your favourite artists/illustrators alive today?
Frank Frazetta, Brom, John Jude Pelancar, Kristen Olsen, James Jean, Anita Kuntz, Odd Nerdrum, Todd Schorr.
Are you an avid card collector?
I used to collect cards, toys, etc. I don’t do that anymore. Collecting can get out of hand. I stopped collecting stuff because I found it took too much time to maintain the collections and I wasn’t getting enough artwork or other more important things done, like sleep! Sadly, I am a completist, so I always have the potential to become a collector of something again. And once I do, I have to get all of it. So I’ve found it more beneficial to just say no.
Have you ever thought about becoming a full-time fine artist?
I’ve thought of it, yes. But I have never actively submitted to galleries and probably won’t until I feel my work is worth having others ponder over. Displaying a piece of your art in a gallery is so very different than creating illustration for hire. The illustration serves a particular purpose like selling a product. The importance is on that product whether it’s a card game, video game, magazine article, etc. When you hang work in a gallery, you are placing all of the importance on that piece of art itself and essentially placing your thoughts and feelings on a wall for others to love or destroy. It’s a bold step that I don’t take lightly. When and if I’m ready for it, I’m sure I’ll know.
Are you involved in any collaborative projects at the moment and is there anyone you would like to work with?
I am collaborating with an author right now on a children’s book and I’m excited about that project. I haven’t ever had enough time to work with another artist, but if I had to choose one, it would be Todd Schorr. His work is amazing! And if I collaborated with him on something, I could learn all his secrets. I could also see myself working on something with my daughters. One has a talent for storytelling, the other has a talent for art.
What’s next in the pipeline for Jeff Miracola?
More cards, more editorial illustrations and a children’s book which will be taking up a lot of time this year.
When are you going to have original work and prints for sale on your site?
Hopefully soon. I am looking into a few options for prints. As for paintings, I just need to find the time to put all the pricing info on the site. There is never enough time in a day.
Amazing adventures or comic capers?
Amazing adventures of course! because they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.!
A bottle of Bud or a fresh banana smoothie?
Why am I taking this more personally than I should. I feel like this question is putting my masculinity to the test. Do I grab at the bottle of Bud, twist the cap off with my teeth and slam it down? Or do I gingerly reach for the smoothie and sip it through a twisty straw? hmmmm, one of life’s more complex questions. I think I’ll just have a cup of Amazonian tea and stare at my screensaver for the next 5 hours.
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