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Illustrator of the Week: James Jean

May 19, 2010

The comic book industry is saturated with generic artwork which maintain old-school styles of comic illustration. This mostly comes out of the superhero genre which offers unrealistic, cartoonish artwork. I think comics often get dismissed as a child’s medium for this reason. Despite the proliferation of this style there are some artists that create quality work that is unique. I feel their contributions allow the medium of graphic storytelling to be seen as a legitimate form of art. I will showcase one of my favourite artists each week so that others can appreciate their art as well.

This week’s artist/illustrator is James Jean

fables, james jean, comics

Brief Bio

James Jean is a Taiwanese-American artist and illustrator working for DC Comics. He was educated at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has won six Eisner Awards for “Best Cover Artist”. Aside from creating illustrations for comics he also produces work for clients like Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and Prada.

fables, james jean, comics

fables, james jean, comics

James Jean deals primarily with traditional mediums to produce artwork and often uses computer programs like Illustrator to accent his work. His best work consists of painted illustrations with some computer manipulation.

Check out more of his artwork on his personal website. You can also find a good resource for his illustrations here.

Head over to Sidebar Nation to listen to a podcast interview with him where he discusses his work and creative process.

Notable Works


The Umbrella Academy

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2010 7:00 pm

    I’ve been reading along for a while now. I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the good work.

  2. jabCobCheek permalink
    May 26, 2010 2:58 pm

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


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