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Keith James
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
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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.
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Well, tech-week for the production of "The Wizard of Oz" my hubby John and I are directing begins this weekend and opens next week Friday. Excitement is building for a number of reasons. Of course I hope the show turns out good (I think it's coming along) and that it's well received by the audience. Also, it just happens to be opening on John's birthday. I took a day off from work in secret to do a little painting for him, which I'll post here once I've given it to him at the opening. He doesn't have a clue about it and I'm very excited to see the look on his face when I give it to him.

But selfishly what I'm looking forward to most of all, will be having my life back and be able to start really doing some art again. Work has been crazy busy, so I haven't gotten much drawing done on my lunch breaks, and I'm beginning to feel like if I don't start doing some art, I might burst. I'd just started paintings for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" before this all began and I can't wait to get on with the series... as well as all the other art I want to do , like more "Percy Jackson", start "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and I'm starting my "Star Wars" poster painting over, in favor of a more comfortable format to work with.

The editing process on the book I wrote is getting closer and closer to being completed. I've decided in the mean time, I'm going to re-do the cover illustration. I liked the first one I did, but it just wasn't "epic" enough. That is higher on my list of "art to do" once the show is running. And I have to say, I'm very excited about the whole thing. I can't wait to begin submitting it to publishers.

Oh, and one other thing that will be happening once the show is running. John and I are trying to simplify our life a bit. We're planning on selling our house and moving someplace a bit smaller and more manageable. We also are desperate to eliminate... or at least reduce our credit as part of the process. SO, I'm going to be selling a handful of my paintings. Most of them are small projects I did in college and will have an easier time letting go of. I don't expect to make much from them, but it'll add up if they all sell. But there will also be a small number of "bigger" paintings I'm letting go of, that I hope will bring in some decent $$$. Starting with the old Star Wars poster paintings I did for "The Phantom Menace" "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back". Also unused Harry Potter paintings; the original cover illustrations for both "Philosopher's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets", as well as an alternate of the "Aragog" chapter from book 2. I'll talk more about this all when I'm actually doing it, but I thought I'd throw it out there and let people know what's going to be happening.

Anyway, less than 2 weeks and I'll be making art again!

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captainwonderpanties Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH. YOU ARE SO AMAZING. I just can't.. <3
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very kind, thanks! I'm so glad you enjoy my art :)
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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,
TheArtOfWarHeads

p.s. I'm a Hufflepuff, by the way.
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:iconthegeekcanpaint:
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
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MEMartist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist


I love your HP pictures! They all are so dynamic!
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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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Iris030380 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The Force is strong with you.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha - thanks :D
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hello-ground Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Hey there,
I just wanted to let you know that I think your art is completely amazing! :D Your character illustrations are spot on and the amount of detail is stunning. Especially the Harry Potter illustrations kinda make me wish that they had been in the books.
Best regards from Germany and keep up the great work! :)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Hello,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write and send me such a nice message! It makes me happy to hear when someone is enjoying my art and I very much appreciate all your kind words and compliments about it :) I've got a bunch more art in the works and have just begun working on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, so provided I get the time to work on it, there should be some new stuff in a little while.

Thank you again!

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