Saturday, July 08, 2006

Teen Drinking and Croquet

> Teen Drinking and it's effects on the brain. Front page of NY Times Science section, 6/4/06. AD: Kelly Doe.

A bit of a rush job -- the staff at the NY Times wanted a 'graphic novel' approach to the subject. I proposed to show the life of one red-headed kid, from the first discovery of his parent's liquor cabinet to his days at college.

Poster to benefit the Penfield Children's Center/commissioned portrait, acrylic on paper, 22 x 30", printed size: 30 x 40".

Cramer Krasselt contacted me to create an image for a benefit at the Penfield Children's Center, where prints of the image will be auctioned off while patrons play croquet at a bowtie event. At the same time, the VP of creative at Atlantic Records contacted me about creating a portrait of her two daughters, and I told her about the Penfield project. I don't usually do portraiture, but this seemed like a good opportunity to raise more money for the charity by asking her to donate the cost of the painting to the event as well. A nice example of synchronicity.

Sorry for the lack of updates on . . . been working on projects for Fast Company, Best Life, Runner's World, Gyro, Nike, Paramount, WB Records, and something for the city of Seattle.


Pia said...

Ooooh, I read Runner's World magazine. Can't wait to see what you do for them.

7:07 PM  
shellywan said...

THAT POSTER MADE ME SAID "MY G O D" when i saw it.

I love it so much.

when are u coming out with T-shirts?

(sorry, i am such a fan)

10:39 PM  
Brittah said...

Teen drinking.....explains soooo much. I wonder if the scientists had fun making the rat pass out after drinking 10 beers. That's really pretty horrible. They ruined those rats lives. They won't ever make it through college.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous said...

I hope you update your site soon with all those projects you mentioned.

8:35 AM  
anonymous10101 said...

you seeem to really capture the dated art nouveau feel of the portraiture which i am extremely biased towards. in addition, the cause it is going towards as well as your plan to contribute more towards the organization makes this piece even that much more remarkable.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing what you're up to for Seattle as I live there.

11:01 AM  
Kenichi Hoshine said...

Great poster and good karma points to boot.

8:57 PM  
josh said...

awesome poster!!

9:06 AM  
Frank said...

the comic page is gorgeous.

9:45 AM  
dex mission said...

Rally nice poster james. I love the spots of red and the pure yellows on the birds.

Did you work on this via photoshop as well? If so, I'd love to see the initial painting part.

1:25 PM  
Jon Han said...

The poster came out great James! I'm more then sure that the VP is going to be happy about the piece.

3:09 PM  
eli said...

i really love the texture of the poster. the layers really give a nice depth to the piece. it looks like you're letting your blue pencil come out a lot more in this piece, i like it that way. it pushes back the linework and lets me enjoy the subtleties in the design. the spots of raw colour are awesome. thanks for posting this stuff.

4:15 PM  
mackaydesign said...

Great sensitivity in this piece. That's one of the things I really admire about your work. I also really like your subtle application of color.

4:44 PM  
martinpiro said...

waw, that´s all i have to say.
i´m from argentina and i´ve arrived this site by coincidence.

8:00 PM  
Ben Baker said...

Nice Work! I like the colors in the first one, and the art nouveau style in the second one.

12:59 AM  
Dominic Bugatto said...

Lovely stuff as usual.

6:32 AM  
UrbanBarbarian said...

Egads! I've missed so many posts! I may explode! Croquet never looked so good.

12:13 AM  
Jed said...

The comics page is terrific looking, and only makes me lament the fact that you do so little comics work. You're so good at it. If this was in fact, a "rush job" , by all means, keep knocking it out. I want to see more comics.

Since most color comics are published by the big guys (marvel and DC) , and the palette tends to veer from very shiny marble collection, to psychodelic acid astro bright, It's refreshing to see such a simple subdued pallette applied to comics. I wish it were the rule rather than the exception. It seems like comics coloring was better before laser printing, when the colorists had to make do with fewer colors. I could see a pallette like this even working in the old 4-color newsprint comics.

The poster is beautifully painted, and I like those little orange accents of color, with those saturated green yellow and orange birds popping just perfectly.

Also, nice typography all around.

5:38 AM  
Meathaus said...

I love the doing one thing that satisfies two projects. Especially since it was a request that you normally wouldn't be able to honor with your tight schedule of making really neat artwork and IMing with Mr. Hoshine. That's GETTING THINGS DONE. See, you're part of the cult and you don't even know it. Welcome to the fold.

9:49 AM  
Mai said...

I really like the comic page, especially the fumes of alcohol clouding his judgement and obscuring his memory. The poster is very elegant. Excellent work!

2:00 PM  
a.g said...

do you do all this? it's awesome. i love it. thanks for sharing it all.

11:31 PM  
MATRIX said...

ton travail est extremement passionnant et beau.

11:32 AM  
Logan said...

The croquet balls and other red elements just glow to me. I'm loving the recent return to more and more painting. But, I have to admit that I was wondering when we'd perhaps get to see some more tasty figure drawings. Are you still able to keep a regular sketchbook?

10:34 PM  
TWKM said...

One moment please... Just few words to express all of our appreciation to the artist James Jean, one of the best of the world (not exaggerating). Thank You, bye.
TWKM (Them who know Michelangelo)

3:34 AM  
Process Recess said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Dex - yes, I used photoshop to alter the colors of the original painting a little.
Logan - Sadly, I haven't found the time to go figure drawing lately. I do have a sketchbook, but it's mostly for jotting down ideas and small thumbnails of compositions for future paintings.

6:45 PM  
Alina Chau said...

awesome works!

4:12 PM  
boredomsketch said...

When i saw the poster i was amazed it's so cool:) i had the same reaction that shellywan ,i said "oh my god" (in portugueses) :P.
I love the graphic novel aproach to the alcohol subject, specially the linework at the last panel on the boy, and the blur on the dots.
I guess you said on this blog you were making a small story for fables. Is it done?
Can you show some more comics that you made?


5:42 PM  

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