The Winds of Change

I know I must have said this ad nauseum, but one of the most compelling images that moves many of us emotionally is that of the little girl. This fact has been used cynically many times by powerful institutions and it behooves us to remain conscious of its power. A contest was conducted to create a design to promote the People’s Climate March to take place in New York City this September 21st. There were two winners: one with a rather dismal vision of the future, but also a more hopeful one by James Jean entitled Winds of Change.

James Jean - Winds of Change (2014)

James Jean – Winds of Change (2014)

Celebrity judges chose the winners (although there was also an online vote for the finalists) and the Grand Prize winner was to receive an award of $10,000 and a flight to New York to participate in the march. According to the Huffington Post, over 400,000 people turned out. The march took place just a few days before about 120 world leaders were to debate environmental action at a United Nations climate summit.  More than 1,500 groups filled Central Park West before the march representing a variety of interests, including the scientific community, religious organizations, students and grandparents all expressing concern for their legacy and that of their descendants.

James Jean was featured before on Pigtails in Paint (here and here) and it is good to see that his work continues to be noticed.

Recess with James Jean, Pt. 2

More graphics from the astoundingly and preternaturally talented James Jean:


James Jean – Catch/Batter


James Jean – Maze

Note the background here, a reference to the work of Piet Mondrian:


James Jean – Teen Employment

James Jean - Excavation (2009)

James Jean – Excavation (2009)

James Jean - Treat

James Jean – Treat

James Jean - Pestilence (2010)

James Jean – Pestilence (2010)

James Jean - HAAZ

James Jean – HAAZ

James Jean - HAAZ (detail)

James Jean – HAAZ (detail)

James Jean - Shattered

James Jean – Shattered

James Jean - Bows (2011)

James Jean – Bows (2011)

James Jean - Braid (2011)

James Jean – Braid (2011)

James Jean - Braid (detail) (2011)

James Jean – Braid (detail) (2011)

James Jean

Wikipedia: James Jean

Recess with James Jean, Pt. 1

James Jean, an artist of Taiwanese heritage, is one of my favorite artists working today.  His skills with brush, pen and pencil are unequaled, as is his fantastic and energetic imagination.  He’s done everything from album art to advertisements for chain stores to numerous comic book covers, on top of the work he does for himself.  One of Jean’s most compelling projects is his ‘Recess’ series, some of which I’ll be featuring in this installment, although I’m not limiting myself to that series because there are simply too many great pieces that fit the theme of this blog and which need to be seen.  But if you like Jean’s dazzling layouts and surrealistic style don’t limit your exposure to him to what I show here; go to his website and look at everything.  It will be well worth your time, I assure you.


James Jean – Recess: Flip


James Jean – Recess: Horse


James Jean – Recess: Jump


James Jean – Recess: Supertron

The above image was also used as the cover for an album by The Fading Collection, also called ‘Supertron’:


James Jean – The Fading Collection – Supertron


James Jean – Recess: Wave


James Jean – Recess: Weep


James Jean – Among the Dolls


James Jean – Fountain 1


James Jean – Giro (Youth)


James Jean – Sink


James Jean – Target

Wikipedia: James Jean

And once again, here is his website: James Jean Official Site


From X on April 16, 2011

This is awesome. Everything looks almost like a comic book, but the more you look at it the more it seems to get weirder and weirder. The girl beating the skeleton is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  -X

From pipstarr72 on April 16, 2011

In fact, James Jean has worked on comics, most notably designing covers for the series Fables. He’s all over the place–I think a lot of people have seen his work but wouldn’t recognize the artist. He is truly an amazing illustrator. I first learned about him from the magazine Juxtapoz, which has provided me with pointers to several artists that will eventually show up on this blog.