Steve is one of the most recognizable and influential RPG artists of the last 20 years, with his unmistakable style appearing in games and sourcebooks since 1995.
A native to Cleveland, Ohio’s eastside and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Steve has been a freelance artist in the gaming industry since the mid ’90s. He has developed illustrations and designs for White Wolf Games, FASA, Paizo, Blizzard, Copenhagen Creators, Hasbro, Animal Planet, and most notably for Wizards of the Coast where he has contributed heavily to both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering.
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Steve won “Best-in-Show” at the 2007 GenCon, published a book of drawings in 2009 called AGGREGATE, another collection called Steve Prescott’s Alphabet Book of Mythological Beings in 2016, has been included in multiple Spectrum Fantasy Art Annual publications, did all the illustration work for the app game SoulSpark, has done concept design work for D&D, Magic: the Gathering, Hasbro, an undisclosed feature film currently in pre-pre-production (he still can’t talk about it), and even had his work on the television network Animal Planet in 2014. Somehow in there, he finds time to hastily draw a cartoon to put in his daughter’s lunch every day.
Encouraged by his parents, Steve did nothing but draw since he could hold a pencil. And he would draw on most anything that would receive Bic pen ink or graphite – anything at all. Inspired by Ranger Rick, Richard Scary, and the like – he started to develop actual drawing abilities. Neglecting to progress in almost all other categories of life (like talking to girls), Steve went on to high school on a wave of inspiration from comic books and movies – notably Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc.
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Steve’s reclusive art-driven high school existence got him a scholarship to the CCAD where he majored in Illustration and graduated with a BFA in late 1995. During his last semester there, an art director from White Wolf showed up to talk to illustration students about the business and look at portfolios. Steve got to show some of his work and, just a few weeks later, he was drawing werewolves and other assorted monsters for the Atlanta-based RPG company.
Since that time, Steve has logged roughly “97 billion hours” of time doing illustrations for almost everything — including some of the most successful and well known RPGs and CCGs on the planet.
Today, Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Kelly and some assorted mammals and reptiles (one of which is his aforementioned daughter). You can learn more about Steve at his official website, www.steveprescott.com, his illustration site, www.rottface.com, his official Magic: The Gathering art archive, his Wikipedia entry, Facebook page, or Instagram feed.
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