About James Martin
As an illustrator, painter, and draftsman, Martin’s signature style has been developed over years of creative exploration. He’s worked as a storyboard and cover artist for comic books, designed for Mattel toys, been a freelance contributor for studio giants such as Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures, and been contracted by notable individuals such as Steven Spielberg, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and James Cameron. Working as a visual developer for Walt Disney Feature Animation and Dreamworks Animation, Martin painted backgrounds for classic animated favorites including Hercules, Tarzan, and How to Train Your Dragon.
Throughout his professional life, Martin took time to continue his education and studied extensively alongside artists such as Steve Huston, Burne Hogarth, and Fred Fixler. Inspired by rhythm and beauty, Martin is noted for his magnetic figurative work which includes his signature tumbling tresses, soulful eyes, and rich drapery. Having taught and designed graduate-level courses around the country, Martin now instructs in Illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. Still prolifically creating personal work, Martin recently published Muse, a collection of fine art illustrations that celebrate the female form.
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