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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.

Well my first attempt at selling some of my art is officially underway.

Tonight I posted 7 musical themed paintings I did back in college. They are small and basic illustrations. The most I asked for any of them for a starting bid was $25, though most I went with $20... and free shipping for all. 

After, I'll attempt to sell some of my superhero art, some of which is a bit more involved, so I'll be asking a touch more.

John also wants me to try selling prints of the picture I painted for him for his birthday. I'm not sure about that yet... maybe.

Finally, I've got a handful of pretty big paintings I'll be finishing with. My Star Wars posters and 3 unused Harry Potter Paintings. I'm not quite sure yet how much I'll be asking for them.

We'll see...

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SamanthaMaetzStock Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I don't have a lot of $ myself, but I'd be very interested in seeing what you have for sale! I went to your website, but I didn't see a link. So...I probably am looking right at a link but not seeing it. Also, I want to say good luck on your book. I was reading the descriptions of the character and the story lines, and it's definitely something that I'd want to read. I read a lot of male/male fanfic because it's not easy to find in mainstream media; I don't have cable, and regular TV seems to make a joke out of gay and lesbian relationships. I suppose that's why I don't watch much TV. It's the same way with books; I only started reading slash fiction about 3 years ago, and it's opened my world up. A friend asked me why I read it. There's so many reasons, and she just didn't get it. There's a long story there, and I won't spam your comment box with it :-P Anyway, good luck, and if there's a link for the for-sale art, let me know! 
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello, and thanks for the message!

You didn't miss anything on my website, there were no links for selling my art. I posted a handful of paintings on eBay to see how they'd do. I started simple and tied selling some old projects from college where I reproduced a photo image from theatre shows. Those started at $20-$30 depending on the size of the piece. Then I also posted the 3 Star Wars "posters" I painted, which were much bigger and more involved images and those I asked $500 starting. I sold 4 of the smaller paintings but all the other auctions expired and there isn't currently anything up for sale, though I will eventually try again.

Thanks for the luck wishes on my book.

I haven't read any slash fiction, mostly because I'm kind of a "purist" when it comes to characters I like, and it seems to me most slash fiction takes a known character and makes them gay or hooks them up with another character than they are in their original source material. While I understand wanting something like that (as a gay man myself, I'd enjoy if characters I liked were gay) in my eyes they cease to be the character I grew to love. Please understand, that's just my reason for not partaking in slash, it's not a judgment on the stories or anyone's enjoyment of them.

While my story doesn't revolve completely around the gay relationship in it, it is a serious part of it, yet it's not crammed down anyone's throat. I'd like to think I'm handling it in classy way, though I won't know until it's published and people actually read it. That said, I feel perhaps now is a good time for my story because people who wouldn't otherwise be open to reading it in the past would be.

Oh, and I agree about TV tending to make jokes out of most of their gay characters. It's not 100% of the time, but more often than I care for. 
rtrose Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You're a great artist!
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoy my stuff :)
captainwonderpanties Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH. YOU ARE SO AMAZING. I just can't.. <3
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very kind, thanks! I'm so glad you enjoy my art :)
TheArtOfWarHeads Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Dear Keith,
This is 'TheArtOfWarHeads' writing to you about what feels like more than a month since your last painting. I know you're not dead, and that you're a busy man, and I hope you show me a sign you've illustrated chapter 2 of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', or at least an update. I love your artwork and hope you will get your works published.

Best regards,

p.s. I'm a Hufflepuff, by the way.
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Nickolas,

Yes, it has been a long time since I posted my last painting. It doesn't just feel like it, it HAS been over a month. I appreciate you taking the time to write me. I won't go into all the messy details of my life, but you summed it up accurately when you said that I'm a busy man and that is exactly the reason I haven't not only posted something new in all this time, but I have done next to no artwork at all in that time as well. I have been trying to get my act together and make time for art, but life keeps getting in the way. Things WILL clear up and I WILL be doing more art - Ch.2 of Azkaban is for sure in that plan - the drawing is already done, it's just a matter of painting it. As well as a whole bunch of other stuff. But it will take a bit more time before it happens.

Your message to me has made me realize just how long it's been since I've been active here, so I'll post a journal entry soon (probably tomorrow/Monday) at least explaining what all has been going on keeping me from art. It's not all bad, some things are very good. Your message has also made me appreciate just how long it's been since I've made some art. While it hasn't worked out for me yet, I'll be doubling my efforts to make something happen. Anyway, thank you again. I truly appreciate all your kind words about my art. Hopefully there will be something for me to share in the nearer future :)

~ Keith James
MEMartist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I love your HP pictures! They all are so dynamic!
TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments! I had just started Prisoner of Azkaban and needed to take a short break from Potter, but I'm in the process of getting going on them again. There should be some new stuff soon!
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