Thursday, May 15, 2008

James Jean

James Jean is known for doing the covers for the 'Fables' graphic novels, and has also worked in movie design. He has also done album art, and penciled for an occasional comic book.

Often using acrylic ink and colored pencil, he creates scenes with life and spontanaety that remain very technically good. There is a focus on interesting color, and using unexpected color to describe forms and shadow/highlights.

I find his real media work more intruiging than his digital work, and I especially like pieces where the level of finish varies in different parts of the work - highly detailed contrasting with more loosely rendered areas. blog

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