About

I am a designer, artist, and illustrator. In my spare time I enjoy raising two children with my wife, quilting, and reading fiction with and without pictures.

The Publics, August 22, 2011, by Jim Public

As a graphic designer, I have more than 10 years experience, both freelancing and working as a full-time production artist. My happy clients live and work across the nation, and I am proud to have designed their logos and branding, advertising for print and web, brochures, business cards, signage, posters, illustrations and fine art. If you think the art and design on this site may be a fit for you, I would be happy to talk with you about your design needs and dreams.

A brief biography: I grew up in Broken Arrow, OK, where I drew pictures of baseball cards and Sports Illustrated photos. Before moving to Dallas a few years ago, my family and I lived in Las Vegas, NV, where I took in healthy doses of neon, the Mojave desert, and the spirit of possibility and promise that endures in the American West.

While in Las Vegas I co-founded—with artists David Ryan and Sean Slattery—Ripper Jordan, a collaborative art entity who made objects and pictures that both celebrated and mourned history, robots, love, science, animals, art, and being a person.

I am the illustrator of The Official Sidekick Handbook (Gibbs Smith:2011), the author and illustrator of Starving Artist: Jim Public Presents, Volume 1 (Jim Public:2013), and sometimes I exhibit artwork in the back of my pickup truck. I sometimes use the nickname “Jim Public.”

Send me your questions, comments, concerns, feedback, suggestions, praise, and slander. james@jimpublic.com

James Hough as a happy guy.

Recent Posts

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is a humblingly great graphic novel

“Humblingly” just became a word, because that is how good Seconds is.

Seconds, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley

I recommend this graphic novel to anyone, particularly to aspiring graphic novelists. After I finished the book last night, I picked it up and arbitrarily opened one page, then another, and more, to see if I could imagine coming up with a spread as good as whichever spread I happened to behold. But every page was conceived and composed so beautifully, succinctly, and with such sensitivity to the story that I had to cry “uncle.” O’Malley is working at a level of craftsmanship that both inspires and humbles those who would aspire to create a graphic novel of their own!

So, read this story about a brash chef in her late twenties who stumbles upon a way to go back and fix the mistakes in her life. Bask in the cuteness and the depth of O’Malley’s artwork and storytelling. Or just look at the pages. Everything here is worthwhile.

Thank you, Bryan, for the great book!!

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