This blog is maintained by James O’Brien, Senior Adjunct Faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he has taught illustration and design classes since 1998, implementing the first digital illustration curriculum.
James O’Brien is a nationally recognized illustrator whose client list includes: American Express, Bank of America, Colgate, Rand McNally, Microsoft, Delta Airlines, Sears, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic Press, Smithsonian, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Computer World, PC Magazine, Interactive Week, Entertainment Weekly, Wine Spectator, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times.
James’ work has received numerous awards and recognition from American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3X3, PRINT, SBS Digital Design, AIGA, and SILA.
His images are created using Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and Flash along with found and hand-made elements.
In his rare free time, he enjoys running marathons, reading important novels, and collecting/creating music.
MFA Illustration, University of Hartford, 2008
MA Illustration, Syracuse University, 2006
BFA Graphic Design/Illustration Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1989