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    Magic: The Gathering Art - Dissension (BIG DL)

    The Pre-release for the latest M:TG set is this weekend and WOTC has published the cards online so I can finally show these. All art is copyright Wizards of the Coast, Inc.


    Nightcreep - Oil paint on masonite. Two details below.


    Nightcreep - Oil paint on masonite. Detail 1.


    Nightcreep - Oil paint on masonite. Detail 2.


    Valor Made Real - Oil paint on masonite.


    Jagged Poppet - Oil paint on masonite.


    Ignorant Bliss - Oil paint on masonite. This is only a detail of the art because the painting was too big for me to scan the whole thing before I shipped it to the client. In the actual painting, the guy is pictured full figure from head to toe. His lower body submerged in water. When I get the painting back, I'll get a pro scan of it.

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    Oh oh oh, THE Jeff Miracola!
    I didn't even know you posted on CA up until today.
    I still remember the illos for the older MTG cards you did.
    These new ones are definetely a treat for the eye.

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    Nice stuff Jeff. Way better than the crap I turned in.

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    miracola great stuff!!

    good expressions
    good compositions
    very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imp Head
    Nice stuff Jeff. Way better than the crap I turned in.

    Thanks Brian! But I highly doubt you create any art I would classify as crap. Your work rocks.

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    Man, these are cool. If I had the patience to learn the rules I would totally play magic. But the pictures really make you want to play, like the pictures in the DnD books really trick you into wanting to play.

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    It's very nice to see commissioned work these days done with traditional mediums And your proficiency with the card format is clearly evident in the compositions of the first two (not to mention the execution). They are very clear to read where they could have been confusing. And even without seeing all of the last one, it's my fave. I bet the full version is fantastic.

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    Hey Jeff, nice to meet you. Cool stuff. What size are these done at?

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    Thumbs up Excellent Work



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    great work- do you work digitally too? thanks for posting

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    jagged poppet is a lot of fun

    valor made real is my fave, great compo, great shapes. Nice stuff

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    Great pieces Jeff, I like Ignorant Bliss the most. I love the colors and how you've made the space part so energetic.

    I really like the way you highlight on all of your pieces. The whites and bright tones really bring out the shape of your characters.

    It would appear the art department at Wotc gave Nightcreep a more greenish hue instead of the blueish you have.
    Jeff did you see this one ?

    That's my favorite piece of the set.
    Also, imphead, which pieces are yours? You've made me very curious.

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    evildisco - Thanks man. I sure have been doing these Magic cards for a long time. Since 1993, yikes! Thank goodness my art has improved. I cringe looking at some of those early pieces.

    Brian - Your work is so inspiring to me. I love everything about your work.

    Eyal - Thanks so much.

    ElvisMcVegas - Funny, after 13 years I still don't know how to play the game. That freaks people out all the time to hear that, but I just never had the chance to learn. My life is so busy going from one painting to the next, it's crazy. I'm hoping that once my kids are old enough, they will want to learn and it will give me a reason to learn to.

    Eric Lofgren - Thanks for the kind words. I think Ignorant Bliss is my favorite as well. Although that was the last piece I was working on before I had to ship them off and I didn't get a chance to fine tune it the way I had wanted. I also painted that in vertical format with a full figure so it took longer. Once I get the painting back from WOTC, I will detail it out a lot more. By the way, I've seen your work for a hile and really love it. At your site, I love that three-headed undead beast, very cool!

    jfwalls - Thanks. Nightcreep is about 8 inches by 10 inches. Valor Made Real and Jagged Poppet are in square format at about 10 inches by 10 inches. Ignorant Bliss is vertical at about 16 inches by 20 inches. Occassionaly I like to do my Magic art in different dimensions just to keep it interesting. I then just give WOTC some indication of where to crop the art for the card. After 13 years of working in horizontal formats, I have to purposely do vertical pieces here and there to stay interested

    CMS - Thanks!

    DV8 - Thank you. Yes, I do digital art as well. But my digital art is completely different then my traditional work. I don't use digital to try and mimic my traditional style. I use it more to try things I wouldn't do with paint. I admire those guys that can make their digital look exactly like their traditional work. Guys like Todd Lockwood and Greg Staples. That takes some serious, serious skill!

    Form - Thanks. I'm fairly happy with the way all of these turned out. I never know how I'll like them because I never seem to have enough time to work on these before they have to get shipped off. The downside to painting with oils I guess.

    posessed - Thanks for posting those cards. Cool you found them. Their version of the printing is probably more acurate than mine. I did a quick scan of it before sending it off, so no time to color correct. And yes, I kinda go highlight crazy. I just dig the way it looks. Nihilistic Glee is a very cool piece. I love those red knuckles! It's very cool to see Ron and Wayne working together on art. They are both amazing artists.

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    Weii, more from miracola! Love you magic cards, wish I still played, would have been a treat playing wit yours
    They look extremly good in card format, must agree the space in the last one is freakishly good looking.
    Did they make the fire brighter in Jagged Poppet?

    Hugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pencilator
    Weii, more from miracola! Love you magic cards, wish I still played, would have been a treat playing wit yours
    They look extremly good in card format, must agree the space in the last one is freakishly good looking.
    Did they make the fire brighter in Jagged Poppet?

    Hugs!
    Not sure about that fire. It sure looks brighter on that card though. But my scanner isn't the best, so my guess is that WOTC got a better scan of the art. that may be more accurate.

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    Hehehe yeah I remember those from 93.
    I think it's a pretty natural thing to cringe at one's old work, though.

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    Wow, thats what I call detail man! my favorites were ignorant bliss and the nightcreep one, Im impressed by your oil skills. : ) oil does nothing for me, but its been a while since I tried it out. Your composition skills are quite fine tuned as well! *drools* I wonder how you did the stars on ignorant bliss, small paintbrush? or some kind of splatter technique perhaps? again, i dont know the tricks with oil. ^^ *shrugs* but this is excellent stuff, i'll look out for anything you post in the future for sure! keep it up. *of course your going to keep it up dur dur*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halos Chain
    Wow, thats what I call detail man! my favorites were ignorant bliss and the nightcreep one, Im impressed by your oil skills. : ) oil does nothing for me, but its been a while since I tried it out. Your composition skills are quite fine tuned as well! *drools* I wonder how you did the stars on ignorant bliss, small paintbrush? or some kind of splatter technique perhaps? again, i dont know the tricks with oil. ^^ *shrugs* but this is excellent stuff, i'll look out for anything you post in the future for sure! keep it up. *of course your going to keep it up dur dur*
    Those stars were done with a super high tech tool called a toothbrush

    Just dilute that white oil paint with linseed oil or paint thinner and splatter away.

    Thanks for the compliments.

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    Definitely hawt, i'd still be playing magic today simply for the art if i could afford a new set every 3 months (but i'm not complaining about an outlet for artists).

    These are definitely cool, and they sure beat the beebles, hehehe.

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    Magic: The Gathering sketches

    For the curious, I thought I'd post the sketches for these paintings.


    WOTC didn't have any changes to this sketch. They just wanted me to make sure it was dark.


    WOTC also didn't have any changes to this sketch. They just wanted to make sure that I made one shield solid while the others were transparent or magical.


    WOTC wanted one addition to Jagged Poppet, some architecture relevant to the setting in the background. That building was added during the painting process. There was no need for me to submit another sketch.


    For this one, I submitted a mock up of sorts to wotc to get my point across. I did this sketch you see, but then dropped in a NASA image of a space nebula at the top and some stock photography of water at the bottom. These were added for placement only and so my art director could see what I was thinking. I didn't want to draw out all the stars and water by hand. It would have been a waste of time. Time I needed for the painting itself. WOTC left the concept for this one entirely up to me.

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    LOVE Ignorant Bliss. Just great.

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    Those drawing as are great to see, Jeff. They are full of life. And the Ignorant Bliss drawing makes me want to see the full final even more. Out of curiousity what do you use as a substrate for your sketches?

    And thanks for the compliment, by the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Lofgren
    Those drawing as are great to see, Jeff. They are full of life. And the Ignorant Bliss drawing makes me want to see the full final even more. Out of curiousity what do you use as a substrate for your sketches?

    And thanks for the compliment, by the way
    I do the sketches on Rives BFK printmaking paper. I love the surface. I order it all the time from this place:

    http://www.aswexpress.com/art-supply.../0065138000000

    They seem to be the cheapest I can find. I enjoy working on large sheets of paper for sketching. I feel too confined nowadays in a sketchbook.

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    Hey, Jeff! These are delightful, especially Poppet. The full skethc of Bliss is so cool, too.

    Thanks for sharing, man. You need to come by more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfood
    Hey, Jeff! These are delightful, especially Poppet. The full skethc of Bliss is so cool, too.

    Thanks for sharing, man. You need to come by more often.
    I know I have to share more. I get working on so many assignments and then I have to wait for the publishers to release the stuff before I can show any of it, it sucks because some of this stuff I am showing is like 6 months old if not more.

    I have a few more digital pieces I've been working on that I will show soon. And by the way, one of my digital pieces got in Expose 4 over at Ballistic Publishing. Can't wait to see that book!

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    Wow you've done a nice job on those. I recognize your name from when I used to play a while ago. I'm having trouble remembering which cards that I'm remembering though. Is there a place where they display cards on the net by searching by artist name?

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    Smoooth! I *lurve* Ignorant Bliss! My favorite card in Dissension both in art and play.

    Also: http://gatherer.wizards.com/default....t=name&x=0&y=0

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    looking good, jeff!

    "ignorant bliss" looks beautiful brought down to size.
    i dont think they could possibly have cropped it any better.
    really nice.

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    kenneyy88 - Thanks man! Yeah, I've been painting these cards for a long time. Up to 92 paintings so far. Actually, with the next couple of sets coming out I have finally cracked that 100 mark, YIPPIE!

    Hai!^^ - Thanks for diggin' Ignorant Bliss. My fav as well! And thanks for posting that link.

    DSillustration - Thanks for the compliment. Next wave is a new set I think. Coldsnap if I recall. Sure hope you have something in it!! And congrats on Art Out Loud. Looks like it was a huge success and so much fun. What great talent all under one roof. I so gotta get to that someday.

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    Hi Jeff,

    Great to see these pieces here.

    I am going to join the herd and sing the praises of 'ignorant bliss' too. Though they all work as strong images.

    I too find it a little frustrating that the work for Magic is completed so long before it is published. By the time it is I have invariably gone off it

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