Friday, March 31, 2006

Nylon Magazine - Pink

Nylon Magazine asked me to interpret the color, pink, for an article about this much beloved hue.


> graphite on bond. After a few thumbnails, a strange flutist appeared in the petals of a flower.


> blue pencil and white acrylic on Rives BFK, approx. 15 x 20" . While making this piece, I was thinking of Giuseppe Castiglione, a Italian missionary who lived in China and became famous for combining eastern and western pictorial convention and technique to great effect -- his work has the elegance and graceful composition of traditional chinese scroll painting, but also the chiascuro and foreshortening of the old masters.


> photoshop CS, 9 x 11" @ 500 dpi. And after some machinations on the computer and beyond, we have a sickly sweet confection, a polished, pink stone.

24 Comments:

Anonymous said...

please .. tell me what thing is when you drawing sketch.

plz...



i'm sorry for my bad english

because i'm korean...

10:30 PM  
Kenichi Hoshine said...

So sweet that my teef hurt.

10:59 PM  
Olumuyiwa Ajagbe said...

wow james! great piece. i read a recent interview that you left to san francisco soon after graduation. i personal would love to move there too. Since that area is so expensive, i was wondering how did financially stabilize yourself to make such a early move. if my question is infringning on personal info forgive me. but if you could take some time to look at some of my work:

http://oja-art.com- tell me what you think.

thanks a bunch,

O.

12:06 AM  
Christian Ward said...

Hi james...

Got my own blog now...if i'd known it was that simple i'd have done ages ago!

http://christianward.blogspot.com/

Anyway...i was wondering will you be seing anymore original art on here.....I'm DESPERATE!!!

ps...thanks for your feedback on my millarworld stuff...don't worry not giving up on my painting altogether.

Chris

3:25 AM  
pablo e. soto said...

I like this also a lot. As i told u before, it s really wonderfull that we can see your process online.

i also would like to have some critic opinion of u about my stuff if it is possibble., thank a lot anyway, and thank for your work , it s really a motivation to continue working.

www.pabloesoto.blogspot.com

6:57 AM  
Anonymous said...

On page 2 of Process Recess, there is a page with a million small pictures. I was wondering when you did those. I'm guessing it was at the same time as all the other sketchbooks, but it looks like you either didn't have the same skill you had at the time of the sketchbooks, or you were just plain messing around.

I love to see your process!

Thanks a woot
-RC-

12:53 PM  
Anonymous said...

Great work, James! I really enjoy your stuff a lot. It's very inspiring, particularly when I need that small boost of creative juice going. And I really like how you show your process as well. I really like to see how an artist approaches their work.

I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Heroes Con last year and I picked up your process recess book. Still to this day, it sits right by my art wall. I hope to see you this year at the Heroes Con!

-Chad

2:37 PM  
Sam said...

I love that Castiglione drawing they have in the MET, with all those fantastic horses. It really feels contemporary, despite it's age. I'm glad you mentioned him, as I haven't thought much about him since I saw that piece.

S

4:10 PM  
jed said...

Thanks for introducing me to Giuseppe Castiglione. I'd absolutely never heard of him till your mentioned him, and found some nice reproductions online of those beautiful horse paintings.

I like your approach here--more about line than tone, light source isn't really that important, you get a nice weathered look in photoshop (from some scanned texture I'm assuming?) that looks very natural. The aged effect looked a little more incongruous on the Chapelle piece but here it's working well. You might be a little bit in "Fables" mode, with the acrobatic modesty of the pose, but it's not distracting. Can't help wishing there were an accent color, not a light source, but some sort of cool accent on the mountain or somewhere else, but then it wouldn't be entirely pink, which was kind of the whole point, right?

Thanks again for your advice. I've recently put it into action.

10:29 AM  
John said...

Just some questions that have been eating at my brain:

-did you give the entire sketchbook to the family you stayed with in Vienna, or simply the endpapers..?

-what kind of oil medium do you use for your paintings? what is that black oil mastic stuff? maroger medium?

-you seem to have an incredible range of obscure influences---is there any one or two artists you would consider your major influences, or do you derive inspiration from an infinitely mixed bag?

-please excuse me if this is rude, or too personal, but many of your fans probably consider you to be a highly successful illustrator---do you make a comfortable living? Do you sell original artworks because it's necessary, or because you want to?

-Do you plan to have exhibitions or appearances on the east coast any time soon? Are you considering LA as a permanent residence?

I hope you don't consider myself too nosy or strange =) We fans are a highly curious bunch. Thanks for your time!

12:12 PM  
Virginiajoe said...

Alwayas I read your blog, but never I left a comment :) I will like to say all your past work posted is really wonderful, specially the figures studies :) You got a great journal here :) I will keep watching you.

6:24 PM  
Jeff said...

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7:38 PM  
Jeff said...

Very nice, I think the image turned out beautifully. Thanks for mentioning Giuseppe Castiglione, I had never heard of him before :).

8:05 PM  
Pierre said...

Hey James,

really wonderful illustration again. I've been looking at your blog for some time now and I think it motivated me to open up one myself! hehe. But as John was asking i would also be interested in your major influences and how did art school affect your point of view on certain things about illustration and art in general? Thank you, Pierre.

4:32 AM  
Shawn Escott said...

Very uuuummmmm... pink! Great drawing James! I like the flower stems, terrific! When I was in Taiwan I saw a few of these ink stones. They are totally amazing! Such craftmanship. You captured it beautifully.

7:53 PM  
Process Recess said...

Thanks for the great comments, everyone! To answer John's questions:

-did you give the entire sketchbook to the family you stayed with in Vienna, or simply the endpapers..?

I made them a handbound book comprised of high quality prints and leftover book binding materials.

-what kind of oil medium do you use for your paintings? what is that black oil mastic stuff? maroger medium?

Yes, Maroger. That stuff rocks. You can find other great materials at www.studioproducts.com

-you seem to have an incredible range of obscure influences---is there any one or two artists you would consider your major influences, or do you derive inspiration from an infinitely mixed bag?

The mixed bag please. Idolatry will send you to purgatory.

-please excuse me if this is rude, or too personal, but many of your fans probably consider you to be a highly successful illustrator---do you make a comfortable living? Do you sell original artworks because it's necessary, or because you want to?

Thankfully, I make a good living. I sell original artwork because there is a demand for it; it's not out of necessity.

-Do you plan to have exhibitions or appearances on the east coast any time soon? Are you considering LA as a permanent residence?

Stay tuned . . .

11:05 PM  
John said...

Thank you so much for your responses, James! I hope to glean as much wisdom from you as I can.

As for the idolatry thing...I'm getting quite dangerous with my admiration of you, sir.

10:09 AM  
Ada said...

this image is very beautiful, hope you don't mind me sticking it on t-shirt for myself. ;)

6:10 PM  
Piluskita said...

Beautiful! (^_^)

2:30 AM  
jed said...

Ok, I wasn't going to say anything, but I think James may be just too nice to say it himself.

ada: I cannot speak for James, and I don't know how he feels about this, but I can speak in general to what you're proposing to do, which is make a bootleg t-shirt with someone else's artwork. Aside from however you might feel about intellectual property issues, and you know, far be it from me to prevent anyone from stick'in it to "the man", but I can most assuredly say that James is not "the man". I wouldn't go so far as to say, by making a t-shirt out of this picture, you're taking a buck from James, but what I will say is that it's a use of the image that James did not intend, and "I hope you don't mind" isn't the same as asking for permission.

And I'll tell you what--taking this low-res jpg, blowing it up and putting it on a t-shirt, and calling it "James Jean's artwork", well, it just isn't any more. It's like taking a really great meal your mom prepared, and squeezing it through a sieve. Do you think your Mom would want to take credit for her souffle, after you've turned it into a milkshake?

How about this ada: if you want to show your support and appreciation for James' work, what I'd do, is buy one of his prints, or his book. And I promise, that book will last you a lot longer than a t-shirt.

10:57 PM  
Susan Cook said...

Well, I'm not fond of the color pink, but if someone said, "Would you post this in your bedroom?" I think the answer would be a definite yes. You do such gorgeous work and I hope, someday, to draw and create like you do. Afterall, I'm going to college for this field, but more importantly, you have talent, and talent can't be learned. I've been told I have talent, but compared to you, my work is so simple.

5:45 PM  
Tommy Kane said...

You are way too talented.

11:54 AM  
Benjamin said...

This is one BEAUT of an image - I love it!

This amazing image is featured in Computer ART Projects: Issue 84 (May 2006) - page 13. Have a nice day!

2:26 AM  
Anonymous said...

hi james,

do you use any reference for the poses of your figures or is the human anatomy ingrained in your memory? i always struggle at the beggining of a project when i want to match an idea for a pose with a plausible representation of it. i often look at paintings or old life drawings or books, but the material isn't always there, am i just out of practice?

cheers

10:27 AM  

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