I was born in San Francisco a few weeks before the Cuban Missile Crisis. (I wasn't yet a month old and already in a world of trouble!) I was the second child of four kids and thought of by most of my family as the strange but quiet one. After a lackluster career in High School, I went off to Junior College and later enrolled in the Academy of Art College. There at the Academy, I earned a BFA degree in Illustration.
I'm currently an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Illustrator 10. Though since leaving school I've used many different graphic programs for the computer;. I've recently decided to focus on creating artwork in Illustrator. Vector based art allows for the widest range of final options and usage for my work. I can create artwork without worrying that it may be too big or too small for whatever print usage I may want to do with it later. Also the smaller file sizes vector art allows for easier transfer of my work over the Internet to vendors and clients.
Hey!...Looks like my text didn't take for some reason the first time...Anyway, I think I mentioned something about your work being awesome specifically 'cause you create your own reference photogs, with your own model so it's totally your own original vision alltheway through to finish...way cool! The graphic pop style you use, with the black outlines is so effective and dramatic, it has influenced my own work...Your imagery also has such a realistic perspective, dimension and motion instead of just lying flat... That also inspires me. Thanks so much for sharing your vision here. I don't ever want to copy any other artists original concepts, BUT... I do believe it's very necessary (and fun) to learn from each other's styles and techniques. So keep doing what you do, James! It's awesome, very inspiring and it's also very instructive.
24 October 2008 - 09:44
hey james ;) this is katja from germany! do you remember me? i have your ninja girl and the mermaid on my wall. good to see you here!
27 October 2008 - 08:48:
But of course I remember you. Thanks again for the pictures of my posters in you flat. They look great. I was mentioning on my blog that it was both exciting and a bit frightening, to see my stuff in someone else's room.
27 October 2008 - 08:59:
hey james ;) meanwhile i organized 2 very large glass plates for the girls, i have no exact idea how to put them on the wall until now, but i'll send some photos again when they're really framed. i'm happy about the posters every day, they're soo unique! my friends are jealous. i know that it can be frightening to see your own art on someone else's wall,...lol i paint wall murals for ppl from time to time...but you can be sure that you really made me happy. being an artist that makes other ppl happy is really a blessing!!! thanks again buddy!
28 October 2008 - 09:39:
Well I just finished putting together a book featuring my work as Tattoo Flash art. If it feels strange seeing my work on someone else's wall; I wonder how it will feel seeing it on someone else's BODY?
29 October 2008 - 09:07:
this really roxx!!! believe me it does ;) i have a tarantula vector in my gallery, this was made as tattoo template. i felt kinda proud and happy when i saw the photo of the finished tattoo. ;) ;)