James Jean: Kindling

January 14, 2009










  1. coopersnow on February 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I found this artist a while back on stumbleupon and thought he was pretty awesome. I love his style and how every piece tells a story, also liking the huge pieces that go across like 5 screens :P.

  2. tpbarbosa on January 19, 2009 at 7:27 am

    This guy is very good, though I’ve never heard of him before. My favourite painting has to be the 3rd part of the 1st painting you posted, I loved how he painted that wolf behind. I don’t know why but it kind of feels to be like enviroment education, I mean he wants to pass thru his art this conscience. Well I might be worng, but I felt it somehow.
    Like there’s always something connected with the nature living inside of us.

  3. Jaclyn on January 18, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Thanx for the art update! Amazing work and the interesting thing is that words fail to describe what was painted. Excellent colors and techniques ❀ Congrats on Barcelona exhibition! Hope you'll tell us smthing about it πŸ˜€

  4. cartoon_art on January 17, 2009 at 7:06 am

    you’ll become a father?? YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! that’s just GREAT!!! soooo cooooooooooool! ^_^

  5. Anna4_lp on January 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    So awesome, I really love the penultimate!
    Hey, I just noticed that you’ll be daddy! πŸ˜€ . Congratulations! I know that you’ll be an amazing father. Cheers, Shinoda family! ;D

  6. Shadow on January 16, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Wowie! I cannot really decide for a fave between number 3, 4 and 5, lol. Soooooo damn amazing! In number 3 I love the turtle, than that girl in number 4 and most of all the colors in number 5! I don’t know why but somehow those paintings (all 7) have a somewhat calming effect on me, I guess its the colors…Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  7. lynndarwinharris on January 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve never seen his work before. Amazing…………..

  8. Saphira on January 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    holyy croww! I absolutely luv the first one, the one with the blindfolded girl, and the one with the arrows. The placement of the different things is really interesting, and weird, but in a good way. The way the things are depicted and the colors….. amazin! these truly r masterpieces to me =) thanks Mike for sharing this, its soo damn beautiful =D

  9. Illara on January 15, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    ooohh! nice!

    thanks for sharing, Mike πŸ˜€

    take care!

  10. Ana_ on January 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    My favourite is the third from the end. Beautiful. πŸ™‚

  11. nillp on January 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    good stuff.. i loved that turtle.. x)

    anyway. thx for sharing. πŸ˜‰

    mk’nil :*

  12. analoggirl on January 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Admittedly, there’s something in that first triptych that creeps me out. lol I love the pieces with the piΓ±ata, archer and beehive though. Amazing.

  13. lucky_cat on January 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Incredibly beautiful! Thanx.

  14. Svetik on January 15, 2009 at 11:27 am

    why don’t you put here mr.Hahn’s works?or you dont like it?..

  15. miKer0cks on January 15, 2009 at 11:11 am

    WOW!!! Awesome πŸ™‚ I like the last two the most πŸ™‚ He has great imagination, I have to say πŸ™‚ Thx for sharing Mikey πŸ˜€

    Have a great day πŸ™‚

  16. Sintia on January 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

    WOW…crazy..amazing..magnificent…need I say more!? Thanks for posting this.

  17. Madlen on January 15, 2009 at 10:41 am

    These are simply amazing…they remind of Craola’s work

  18. Kalini on January 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Amazing! The first 3 paintings and the one with the Japanese flag are just unreal….. KK

  19. Mikeshi_Linkfort on January 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

    It is magnificent! I am very glad that you publish on the blog pictures of various artists =) And here that else, it would be desirable to see somewhat quicker your pictures =)
    I am sorry for my English =)

  20. rockermeg on January 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Wow that’s cool,
    I really like the colours and the small details like the butterfly at the bottom of the last one.
    Quite freaky but the colours and details seem really delicate. The contrast is nice.
    Thanks for sharing,

  21. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on January 15, 2009 at 8:58 am

    WOOOOOOW,this paintings are great Mike i really like it πŸ™‚ take care, keep rockin’ on πŸ™‚ Gabry

  22. cuz on January 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Cool stuff! Hope you had a great time. I like the head of the last piece so much. Backgrounds are interesting as well. Take care πŸ™‚

  23. Jane1 on January 15, 2009 at 8:10 am

    WOW thatΒ΄s crazy but is it nice very nice
    Mike! I like art too but very

  24. IIIIANGEL911IIII on January 15, 2009 at 7:51 am

    O_o . . . WOW . . .

  25. losttrack on January 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Thanks so much for this post, Mike. I’ve never seen his work before and I’m absolutely blown away.

  26. skindesbous on January 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

    how much I would like to do things like that ._. I have a lot of ideas, but i can’t express myself :S It’s a really interesting artwork, thanks for sharing, Mike πŸ™‚

  27. Lvix on January 15, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I like this part very much:
    I don’t know why.
    Actually i think i would be crazy for painting such an artwork…
    I think you must have a lot of patience…
    Don’t you agree Mike?

  28. Lynnie on January 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I’m almost disappointed that I don’t understand art, because that looks really interesting… but I haven’t the foggiest how to interpret it.
    It’s very intriguing, though.
    Not too sure what to make of the last two images, however…~Hm~

  29. zimminator on January 15, 2009 at 6:15 am

    wow tese are amazing. i consider myself a very good natural artist but i dont think i could ever compete with this! although ive never tried painting, only pencil. but for some reason the second to last picture strikes me….i love it to death!

  30. PankakeMunky on January 15, 2009 at 6:07 am

    i’m not one for comics but if i saw this and if you didn’t tell me that james jean is the illustrator for DC/vertigo comics, i wouldn’t believe you. these pieces here are amazing. when i see artists try to do an asian inspired piece, sometimes i feel like they didn’t dig enough into their facts to understand how either the chinese or japanese aritsts from thousands of years ago made a style that is different than those of the western artists. james jean definitely pulled it off

  31. ThePrincess on January 15, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Before that i’m not interested to his artwork, but when I saw his work for cover the serial Green Arrow ,Fables cover and his illustrations for the edition goth SPIN (which I was bought because the front cover is Interpol, hehehe) His become one of my favorite comic covers .. and now I have to say that his new artwork ‘kindling’ is incredible artistic .Two thumbs up for JJ..

  32. NoFace on January 15, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Love the Japanese culture references here. He did the first piece – Toymaker, on three leaves as in the familiar Chinese/Japanese screen style and notice the Oriental seal at the bottom of Cannibal. Amazing ideas, like there are angels inside his head, and it seems like he has improved his skill on blending/playing with colors since older artworks – the colors flow better with each other in Kindling.
    O people mentioned Spirited Away. I will be more than happy if you ever blog about Studio Ghibli. They are uber super brilliant.

  33. ms_shock on January 15, 2009 at 2:42 am

    omg they’r……. scary! I don’t like it so much >_> The 7th one is interesting though.

  34. pepper on January 15, 2009 at 1:56 am

    woooooaaahhh I love it! Thecolor scheme is fanatstic, and i agree the picture with the little girl is amazing. I’m so drawn to it.. I don’t know why. That, and the broken skull with the flowers and bees. The image is so impactful and i love the use of the light blues/red.

  35. vivian on January 15, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I like the 7th one m/
    take care Mike ❀

  36. tristyn on January 15, 2009 at 12:25 am

    hey mike. i really love all the awesome art you keep putting up. what an inspiration. my fav one is tha girl wit tha stick. she’s all like “pwned!” nah im kidding. please check out some of my art. here i hope you could be kind enough to tell me what you think. i been drawing ever since i could hold a pencil, and 13 years into the game, i hope i’m not half bad ; ) thanks dude. you helluh rock.

  37. Hybr1d_7h3ory on January 15, 2009 at 12:11 am

    This is pretty amazing. I like the Japanese feel to these. I wish I could fully understand what is going on it it, but that could take some time.

    Any update on the art show you and Joe were gonna curate instead of (Born)?

  38. Hawaii_LP_fan on January 15, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I love the japanese persona and simple flow in this masterpiece. Koi, jizosama, japanese flag, geta, and the god of mischief “Tengu” all important symbols of the culture. I gravitate to japanese art and moments that tie in childhood memories. I think someone mentioned “Spirited Away”? I agree, it kind of reminds me of that anime too.

  39. alyeska39 on January 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Creepy. Cool, but creepy. Intriguing.

  40. KATHYxx on January 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm


    I’m gonna remember this guy.

    Some of this reminds me of those X-ray fish. My favorite is the reversed pinata. I like kinda the surreal, weird premise stuff. (Why is there a nekkid dude in there at a little girl’s birthday pinata party anyway, she totally was right in beating him up…… i know i’m looking too far into it.)

  41. NoMoreSorrowGirl on January 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Wow!Mike it’s amazing…reminds me of the animated movie Spirited Away it’s a japanese film so great!…love the blindfolded girl with shattered statue…love the color…and why is it that most of the artists love japanese style and culture…love them too!…Take Care Mike…love yah! :))

  42. krayzieish on January 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    wow.. looks amazing!

  43. liope on January 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Amazing work!! James is a great artist! My favorite is the last one, the colors that he used makes me feel so peaceful ^_^

  44. JPkaukonen on January 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    love the girl with a stick alot. great stuff ; )

    looking forward to see your new art mike. take care man

  45. Aikaterine on January 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Oh, it’s strange and beautiful, Mike! I like it πŸ˜‰

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