As a way of introducing myself, I am Michael Mikolajczyk. Last name pronounced "Michael-Issac". I also sign my artwork Miko, which sometimes is a nickname. A lot of people ask about how I came up with Miko. A comic shop owner made a suggestion to me when I was buying some comics that I should sign my art Miko. I thought it was a great idea and the rest is history.
They found me under a leaf in the mountains of North Carolina on the 14th of October, 1967 and I was reared on a diet of comic books, Dungeon & Dragons, Robert E.Howard, Wizard of Oz, Star Wars and other movies beyond my wildest imaginings and natural wonders, so as you can see I never had a chance.
As soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I began to illustrate and visualize the world around and within me. I have been at it ever since and incidentally I think practice like this is the only way to acquire a powerful and effective visual language in illustration.
I've done it for 15 years professionally and there's a lot of room for improvement yet. Nothing has daunted my ambition since a toddler to take a blank piece of paper and conceptualize a illustration out of nothing.
Most of the time with raw talent, this went on for years and years. Until I met Jan Alms, Head of the Commercial Art department at McDowell Tech. Without good friends like comic writer Mike Sawyer, artist Jimmy "Doodle" Lyle and, Jeff Guice and Kenn Mundy, I would have never thought it possible to become an artist.
I owe a lot of gratitude to Michael Bair cause without him allowing me to sit with him at his table all day on a Sunday at a Con in Hickory, NC in the mid 90's to teach me how to ink with a brush and nibs. To the last Dick Giordorno, Charles Vess, Brian Steelfreeze, Tim Vigil, Bernie Wrightson, Paul Smith, and many others... To them I am grateful they took time help me and teach me at the Cons I visited.
Last but never least I own the most gratitude to Jackson "Butch" Guice with whom I was an assistant for one and a half years. I learned more from him than any school could ever have taught me. I cannot express how appreciative I am he took time to teach me and help me. It was one the best times of my life.
It was then I succumbed to comic art and illustration. A whole new medium was opened out before my admiring gaze and the urge to soak it all in to create my own was irresistible as well as fun.
I carry out my work with creativity to always strive for the best and I have yet to miss a deadline. I am organized and methodical with a sense of wonder to each project, no matter how large or small. I approach each task with an efficiency and effectiveness that makes me a valuable part of any team.
About me, aside from my art and design, there's very little to say and as much as I like to talk about myself all I can think of to offer is the information that I love chocolate, sweet ice tea, ancient history, movies and the writings of Tolkien, Howard, Lamb and Lovecraft. I despise asparagus and comb-overs. I also sign my artwork Miko, which sometimes is a nickname. And that seems to cover the subject pretty thoroughly.
Thanks for reading.
Charles D. Owen High School - Diploma - 1986
Tabernacle Bible College - 3 year degree - 1987 to 1990
McDowell Community College - A.A Graphic Design - 1992 to 1994
Assitant to Butch Guice - 1998 to 2000
Atwood Printing - Asheville, NC - 1994 to 1996
Black Mountain Community Center - 1995 to 1997
1 Class for age 6 to 12/weekly
1 Class for age 13 to adult/weekly
True Blue Art - 1997 to 1999
1 Class for age 10 to adult/weekly