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

Prints Available at thefailurestore.com

Sean Slattery—one of my favorite friends and artists—has created an online portfolio/retail store, and I am so happy to be a featured artist on the website! It is called The Failure Store, and it has lots of Sean’s artwork along with his collaborations, including a tiny sample of works for sale by Ripper Jordan, which I was a part of with Sean and artist/friend David Ryan in Las Vegas.

Here are the things by me that you can pick up there. Each one is a digital print, 11″ x 14″, signed and dated by me on the back.

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Thanks for having me, Sean!

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