James Horvath

San Luis Obispo, California

I’ve been a professional Designer and illustrator since 1991.

I worked as a senior designer for a large corporation and as an art director for a medium sized ad agency for about eight years. Since 1999, I’ve been a freelance artist. In 2002 I started Jamestoons Studios to focus more on illustration and to work on my own children’s books. I enjoy the challenge of working in many different industries.


I’m fortunate to do what I really enjoy doing. I’ve always drawn and have been inspired by art of all types. I’m mostly self taught, but I’ve taken a couple of classes at various schools for fun and inspiration.

There are too many amazing illustrators and artist who’s work I admire to list here. I enjoy finding inspiration in new and unusual places.

I work in a small single room studio that I can walk to from my house. I have a large lighted drawing table, a couple of guitars and a MAC G5 quad-core tower with a 23″ studio display and a Wacom Cintiq tablet. And lots of pencils and erasers.

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