Bobby James enters the “Freak Show”

I’ve spent the morning working on an illustration for my children’s book The Story of Piph. During my creative process, I reviewed tutorials on how to create and fade layers. I thought, “Why not have a little fun?” When Ryan Murphy announced that American Horror Story: Freak Show would feature the most sinister clown ever recorded, I figured…

“Hello August,” said the Elephant.

“Hello August,” said the Elephant. August could not reply, for August was nothing tangible with which the Elephant could communicate.  But the Elephant knew she was in the presence of August – in the presence of the waning African winter.  She had survived another minute – another hour – another day – another month.  She’d survived another season, and…

New Art | The Faces of Elephants

It’s been just about a month since I’ve shared any new art with you – that’s because I’ve been busy working on various other projects (ex. Boug & S’More: A Swamp Tale [novel] and a poetic sexual odyssey), which you could note by following me on twitter or Instagram (@TheBobbyJames). Yesterday I managed to create two…

New Art: Nina, Mya and Queen Isis

Last week, there was a bit of a clown craze.  This week, I’m tackling sexy.  The three pieces I present here, Mya, Nina, and Queen Isis, all began with an idea for hair. Nina was first in this group.  On my wall there’s a Marilyn Monroe poster.  I looked at that to draw inspiration, but…

New Art: Enter the Circus!

I’m on a clown craze lately! I’m beginning to think I’m designing creepy clowns to overcome my fear of them?  I have to prepare for the upcoming Freakshow season of American Horror Story, after all. That said, there are a few pieces to introduce to the new (organically so) collection! First I’ll begin with Burlesque. …

New Art: Spray!

Guess what?  I drew an ELEPHANT! That should come as no surprise.  The true surprise of Spray! though is that upon finishing the outline, I hated this piece – but, instead of scrapping the piece altogether, I had an instinct to make it work.  I added a squiggle here and there, some contrasting lines and…

New Art: In the Garden

I spent the last couple days working on a new piece titled In the Garden.  After receiving some feedback that people would like to see my work feature more women, I decided to deliver.  In the Garden is a piece I hope translates to represent serenity and beauty.  After sketching the image, I took a break to decide the color…

New Art: Clownin’ Around & Straight Jacket

I woke up this morning with a couple visions in my head for new art involving clowns.  Seems timely provided the media’s coming clown fixation (Lady GaGa’s ARTPOP cover art, the upcoming American Horror Story: Freakshow, “Crazy Steve” from IMPACT Wrestling and rumors about who will play “The Joker” next).  I have a feeling pop culture is…

New Art: Pride

President Barack Obama proclaimed June to be national LGBT Pride Month.  The President’s declaration made me think about a piece of art I created in 2007 titled Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (right).  Then, I considered majoring in psychology and was wildly fascinated by psychology of gender.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Ritts and Dr. Pierroutsakos, my studies encompassed various topics related to the LGBT…

Happy Mother’s Day! I present: “The Life of Flowers”

If you’re like me, you go to Hallmark and various other places looking for that one Mother’s Day card that represents your mom.  Then, you go in search of the perfect complimentary gift, whether that be a bouquet of flowers, a trinket for her garden, or something else.  Either way, the woman you’re honoring today is your mother – so the…