James Martin earned his B.F.A. in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Upon graduation he worked for the comic legend Neal Adams as a storyboard and movie poster sketch artist. This culminated in a collaboration of a series of covers and illustrations with the artist. A freelance career followed in L.A.'s film and advertising industry. Some clients included: Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Marvel Comics and commissions from directors James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. For over 20 years he has worked as a Background painter, Visual Development artist, Texture and Matte Painter for Walt Disney Feature Animation and DreamWorks Animation. He is currently a Faculty member in the Illustration department at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.