Inspiration: James Jean



James Jean’s art manifests a keen observation and awesome dexterity with his tools. These pages from his sketchbook are so full of details so effortlessly laid out, like eye candy.

"Jean is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. In a ceaseless torrent of images, his finely wrought and narrative-driven work has captured the attention of a world-wide audience and the admiration of other artists, designers, and filmmakers….Using pictorial conventions from such varied sources as Japanese Woodblock prints, Northern Renaissance paintings and etchings, Chinese scroll paintings, Shanghai advertising posters, comics, anatomical charts, and vintage printed ephemera, Jean’s images evoke a sense of fantasy and the subconscious, seductive in its delicacy and sensuality…."


[Thanks Chris!]

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3 thoughts on “Inspiration: James Jean

  1. Fantastic drawings! Thanks for the up-close look through James Jean’s entire Moleskine. Really appreciate the quality of the images so you can see every line of his amazing drawings. (At least it seems you can). The number and the variety of talented artists who rely on Moleskines is truly impressive.

  2. These are the best drawings I’ve seen in a long long time. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw like this. I think a lot of us have, and almost none of use ever will. It would be so great if someone like this could offer some words about how they SEE things, you know, just what it feels like to be able to do this. They say everyone can learn to draw well–not like this–but it would be fun for us to TRY.

  3. Do you happen to know what kind of moleskine he uses? Judging from the color of the pages (which tend more to white rather than to yellow), I’d say it’s a regular plain moleskine… Yet I am not sure if the regular moleskine can handle the media the way James Jean’s notebook does… so it makes me think it might be the Moleskine sketchbook instead, even though the color of the paper appears different here… Could anyone cast some light on that? Thanks!

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