JAMES M PAUL BIO - ABOUT THE ARTIST
“Growing up, my biggest cultural influences were Bugs Bunny, Mad Magazine, the music of the 60s and 70s (thanks to my parents), and the outdoor advertising that I would see from the car window as we drove through the City.”
That city was Detroit, MI, near where James grew up. He attended Ferris State University in northern Michigan, where he learned from some of the most talented illustrators and designers from Detroit’s auto industry. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Visual Communication and Advertising then moved out west before working in several advertising and design agencies, including J Walter Thompson. In San Francisco, he fell into the dot-com industry as Art Director for NewMedia.com, a spirited online magazine.
James moved to New York City in June 2002. The City’s fast pace and zero tolerance for error elevated his eye and skills to new heights. He has become a trustworthy problem-solver with a great understanding of visual art and how it applies to branding and marketing. With his diverse background, there are few jobs he cannot handle.
James is the kind of one-stop employee whom you can confidently give a project and it will come back fast and creatively executed with pride, from concept through final production.
He has over ten years experience in design and direction for both web and print. Over those years, I have worked as both art and creative director in advertising, journalism and new media on the East and West Coasts, as well as the Rocky Mountains. He is an expert at Adobe Creative Suite programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, and have created dynamic two dimensional character animation in Flash. Other web 2.0 specialties include HTML, CSS, and Dreamweaver, among others. James has worked for such agencies as J Walter Thompson, Schematic Interactive and Vanguard Direct, and as taught industry-related courses at New York University. He has a great understanding of visual art and typography, how it applies to branding and marketing and possess the rare combination of artistic / technical skill, and the charisma needed to effectively lead a team and sell ideas to clients.
When not working on visual or commercial art, James can be found writing, performing and/ or recording music for one of his numerous musical projects.