Influences: Larry Hama, Strangers in Paradise, Mike Allred, Queen and Country, Criminal, Scalped, 100 Bullets

Publisher / Group Affiliation: J. James' Design & Illustration, Friendly Belligerent Comics

Years Active: I became a regular freelancer in 2010 and went full-time with it in 2015.

Are you available for commission?: Yes, contact for rates

This self-employed Boulder illustrator has made his home in many places over the years, including Denver, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Alaska, Poulsbo, and many rural towns. 

J. James McFarland is a commercial illustrator, fine artist, and graphic designer with over a decade of experience. Goal-oriented project management is not only his methodology, it is his manner of life. He studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design, then later Mechanical Engineering and Drafting. He likes math and once built a working robot.

J. James’s background in business management (including running the operations of a chain of businesses) has given him a thorough range of experience in time management. Transforming big concepts into straightforward visuals is part of his life daily. He likes to help clients structure their own creative businesses. 

J. James LOVES comics, using storytelling to create an emotional reaction from his readers. His comics include people of many ethnic backgrounds and outward appearances because his biological family is a mix of European, Native American, and Korean peoples. His oldest self-published zines were specifically intended to bridge the gap between many people and to create a social world of tolerance and understanding. A goal of his work is a desire to build a saner, healthier, more compassionate world. 

He believes in the principle of attraction rather than promotion.

J. James is known to smile in the face of deadlines.

Email Address: j@jjamesmcfarland.com