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Keith James
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
My name is Keith James. I’m a thirty-something geek residing in Saint Paul, MN. Yes, I said geek, I've embraced who I am and proud of it! I am also an aspiring illustrator and here in DeviantArt you will find a majority of my artwork. Anyone is welcome to take a look through it.

I’ve been involved with art as long as I can remember and knew I’d be working in it since I was in kindergarten. And while it's not yet my profession, I'm working on it!

I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design where I graduated with a BFA majoring in Illustration. I have a love for superhero comic books, children’s books, science fiction/fantasy, animation, and the theatrical arts. So take a look through the galleries, I hope you like what you see!

Current Residence: Saint Paul, MN
Favourite genre of music: Rock and Broadway
Favourite style of art: Illustration: Childrens books and Comic books
Favourite cartoon character: Stich or Yakoo Warner
Personal Quote: Success doesn't taste nearly as sweet without failure as an appitizer.
I'd only just "returned" from a long time off from posting new work and it feels like I went away again right after. I've just not been in the house much this last month which means little to no painting time. The hubby is in rehearsals for "Into the Woods" and due to the way life works, it's the most cost effective thing for us, for me to go with even though I am not in the show as well. It's meant a lot of down time in a coffee shop for me. When the rehearsals first began I had one main goal - finish writing the rough draft of my second book. I'm still waiting on the editing of the first book to be completed, but that frustrating issue is an entire journal entry unto itself... anyway. It's worked out nicely and the rough draft will be done by this time next week. With it working out so well, I've been incorporating some drawing time into my evenings. In a couple more weeks I should have my weeknights back for a little while and here's what I've got planned...

1. Star Wars Posters ~
For some time now I've been gathering reference to make my own Star Wars posters. I began this project before and completed 3 posters, but I'm starting over. I have the first 6 movies designed and "The Phantom Menace" will be the first thing I paint. The drawing is on the paper just waiting for some paint to be applied.

2. Harry Potter ~ 
I was so excited to get going with "Prisoner of Azkaban" this not having time to paint thing is most frustrating in regards to my Potter art. The only reason I'm doing the Star Wars painting first is because I told myself I was going to try and mix things up some and the last serious painting I did was Potter, so I needed something in between. But I've been working on Chapter 3 and once the first Star Wars illustration is done, I'll be doing "The Knight Bus".

That's what's set in stone so far. Expect to see them (hopefully both) next month!


Hazel Drawing by TheGeekCanPaint
Hazel Drawing
6 1/4 x 8 3/4
Pencil on Paper

This will be the extra among extra illustrations I do for my story. I've been itching to do it for some time now, partially because it was relatively simple to do, but also because it's featuring a character I've not done any artwork of yet. This is Hazel Waramond, the mother of the main characters Jack and Frank. In the story, Frank is an artist and does this drawing which is focused upon a couple times. Hazel has passed away some years before the events of the book takes place, and even though there isn't much about it in book 1,  there will be more to her story as the series progresses. My plan/hope, is this image will appear on the back-inside-flap of the dust jacket. 
Jack Wanted Poster by TheGeekCanPaint
Jack Wanted Poster
I posted the original piece of art a little while ago mentioning my plans to manipulate it in PhotoShop to be turned into a sort of wanted poster for the character... which will make more sense knowing the story of course. But still... I think it's kind of fun.
Secret War Book 1: Return to Death's Province LOGO by TheGeekCanPaint
Secret War Book 1: Return to Death's Province LOGO
So I did some of my rare digital art, but it was necessary for the books I've been writing. It's the logo. I actually made logos for all the books, because they're all slightly different... besides the subtitles. But I'm only sharing the first one for now.

The sub-title will likely be changed when it's placed on the illustration... altering the colours and whatnot. But until I know what that will look like, this is a decent representation :)

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theaven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
animaniac21285 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!! :airborne: :D
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
animaniac21285 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
nagromelyahs Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday!
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Happy birthday! :iconchococakeplz: :iconsomeconfettiplz:
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
MaggieCandy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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