James Martin brings a lot of expertise to the table. He has been working as a background painter, visual development artist, texture and matte painter for Walt Disney Feature Animation and Dreamwork Animation, working on such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, Treasure Planet, Over the Hedge, Shrek 4 and How to Train A Dragon I and II. Some other clients that can be added to James his resume are Loren Michaels, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, The Grammy Awards, Mattel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, The Disney Magazine, Lightstorm Entertainment and Marvel Comics.
But besides working for this impressive list of names, James Martin continuously worked on his own art. He is an Artist member of The California Art Club and has exhibited at The Springville Art Museum, The Salmagundi Club, The Santa Paula Art Museum and participated in a three man show at The Morris Graves Art Museum. In this episode of The Book Club we will take a closer look at his book ‘Muse’. James his work for ‘Muse’ was heavily influenced by artists like Dean Corwell and Alphonse Mucha, whom Martin studied broadly. Besides artworks, the book is filled with explanations about James’s approach to creating and his process.