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

Jonathan Hough, Maker of Things

That’s a custom lighter by Jonathan Hough.

It’s great to watch an artist develop. My favorite kind of artist is the one who—through experimentation, trial and error—seeks the best means to give shape to whatever space his head is in at that moment. And then when that head space shifts, so does the search for the way to give it tangible form.

Jonathan Hough, my brother, @jh0u9h on Instagram, is one of these artists. I follow what he makes, and we talk about art, broadly and specifically. Often he is the kind of artist who wants to be responsible for every atom (ideally) that comprises a piece of artwork. Below, check out my small collection of Jonathan’s work. Two of them are paintings made from hand-ground minerals mixed with oil to create his own paints. The third is a hammered metal piece that is part bell and part oculus. They are compact pieces, like gems, representing countless hours of focused making.

Jonathan Hough art

Now, Jonathan has taken his passion for metals and minerals, and an arsenal of technique he has developed as a jewelry-maker, and has begun collaborating with artists to create custom-engraved lighters. This project is his first big foray into bringing his highly specialized skills to a wider audience. Check out some of his recent collaborations…

David Cook / @bonethrower on Instagram

Alright, this one is for you @bonethrower. #custom #zippo #cnc #engraving #oneofakind #proof

A video posted by Jonathan (@jh0u9h) on

Reginald Pean / @frenchinald on Instagram

First official proof for @frenchinald. #custom #cnc #engraving #paradiselost #zippo #lighter

A video posted by Jonathan (@jh0u9h) on

And, the artist himself, Jonathan Hough / @jh0u9h on Instagram

Skeletal bird flippin. #cnc #engraving #wip #flippinthebird

A video posted by Jonathan (@jh0u9h) on

Find Jonathan on Instagram to see more of his work. @jh0u9h

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