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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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Just a quick update because I've talked about my current plans to a few people.

I'd hoped to be sharing the next set of illustrations from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" sometime this week but I don't think that will be happening - I've just got too much going on in the evenings that I don't have time to finish. THAT SAID - the vignette drawings are all done and the painting is started, so there isn't that much left. So if things go well, I'll at least be finishing this weekend :)

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Just a quick update because I've talked about my current plans to a few people.

I'd hoped to be sharing the next set of illustrations from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" sometime this week but I don't think that will be happening - I've just got too much going on in the evenings that I don't have time to finish. THAT SAID - the vignette drawings are all done and the painting is started, so there isn't that much left. So if things go well, I'll at least be finishing this weekend :)
I just posted my newest Star Wars art, the "poster" for Episode Two: Attack of the Clones into my gallery. But as a little bonus, I'll share a dumb little image I put together real quickly in PhotoShop to give an Idea what I'll be doing with all the paintings, once the series is done. The file is pretty small, and I didn't put much work into it since there's so much more to do before I can join the images together properly. While they can stand on their own as a single image if need be, I've designed the posters to join together. No image from one move will overlap with another. Anyway, I just wanted to see what it'll be like, and figured I'd share it here as long as I was at it :)

Episodes 1 and 2 by TheGeekCanPaint
Star Wars, Episode Two: Attack of the Clones by TheGeekCanPaint
Star Wars, Episode Two: Attack of the Clones
Original Art 16 x 22, Gouache  paints with coloured pencils on watercolour paper. PhotoShopped the logo in.

The next in the series of Star Wars Posters. I was really excited about how the first one turned out, so I jumped right into this one after. And while I am happy with it for the most part, I'm ready to take a small break from the galaxy far far away. But I already have the other movies designed... well, except The Force Awakens, which I totally plan to do, as well as Episodes 8 & 9, but I need more photo reference first because there are scenes they are still not releasing reference of... but I digress. The point is, I will be doing the rest.

As for this painting itself... Attack of the Clones is my least favorite of all the Star Wars films, so taking that into consideration, I like how it turned out a lot. It came out a little more "scattered" than I wanted, primarily around Jango Fett - he should have been a little bigger, as well as Bobba and the Kaminoans, and the Clone Troopers. But oh well. I'm extremely happy with the over all tone of the piece, but mostly, I'm just glad that it's over ;)

Next Star Wars painting will be of my favorite of the prequel films - Revenge of the Sith. But There's going to be some Harry Potter and maybe some Oz art first.

And if you want to get a preview of what I plan to do with all the paintings once I'm done, take a peak at my Journal, where I've "attached" this and The Phantom Menace together.
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As I figured, I didn't finish the current painting yet. I probably could if I had the whole weekend to work on it, but alas... tomorrow John and I get on a plane and head to Florida for a week! John earned a nomination through his work to be 1 of 12 people in a drawing for a all-paid trip. He and I have not been on a proper vacation in the entire time we've been together... which is 10 years this October, Now, this trip still isn't exactly on our terms. But it'll be nice to spend a week with the love of my life, not be at work, and be somewhere else beside Minnesota! 

All that to say, the current painting is going to have to sit unfinished for the week till I get back. That said, we get back next Friday afternoon and should have the weekend there after to work... and I should (God willing) finish it, then be able to move on to the next Harry Potter illustration there after.

So, I'm going to be on radio silence for the next week. This will likely be the last time I'm even online till we come home. I hope everyone who reads this (and what the heck, even those that don't) have a lovely week!
I'd hoped this weekend I'd finish the current illustration I'm working on - the poster painting for "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones", but it's not gonna happen. I've been working on it most of the weekend with minor breaks, but I wasn't going to rush myself and risk ruining the piece. And now, I'm feeling spent and want to chill out the rest of the evening. But a little while ago my hubby took a photo of me working on the painting to share with a friend of his he was chatting with online, and sent it to me too. So I figured I could at least share that.

I should note - the posters I work rather differently than I do most of my other art. I take it one character (or cluster of characters) at a time and basically work my way down. It's probably not the best way to work.... but it works for me. Here I'm about to start the droids.

Working on Attack of the Clones by TheGeekCanPaint

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Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I have a question. When you eventually start the paintings for Goblet of Fire, do you have a set idea for how the Hogwarts merpeople will look like? I'm sure they'll be colored like how they're described, but will they just have a simple basic form with just a human upper half and a tail with just the caudal fin, or with they have more fish-like features like more fins on the tails, gills on the necks, etc.?
Because if you want, I did some conceptual artwork of my own vision of the merpeople that you could take influence from if you'd like. :)
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
When I "design" something or someone, I'll always start with the text in the books. Then I go to some of the extra stuff that J.K.Rowling might have said about it/them on places like Pottermore or other books. Then finally I "add" my own touches as long as they don't conflict with the previous places I looked.

As for the merpeople specifically... they are still a ways off for me to be thinking about yet. But I appreciate your offer :)
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Hand-Sam-Art Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to see you drawing again and having a few new updates again, Oz or Harry Potter!

Glad to finally be watching you!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Sorry for the delayed reply - just when I thought I was getting caught up with life I get hit with some new crap :) But I'll be posting the newest Potter art (hopefully) soon!!!
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theaven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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animaniac21285 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!! :airborne: :D
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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animaniac21285 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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nagromelyahs Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday!
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