James Jean is a Taiwanese-American award winning artist and illustrator living in Los Angeles.
He was born in Taiwan but was raised in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon graduating in 2001, he quickly became an acclaimed cover artist for DC Comics, garnering seven Eisner awards, three consecutive Harvey awards, two gold medals and a silver from the Society of Illustrators of LA, and a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of NY. He has also contributed to many national and international publications. His clients include Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target, Playboy, Knopf, Prada among others. He has also illustrated covers for the comic book series Fables and The Umbrella Academy, for which he has won five Eisner Awards for "Best Cover Artist".
James Jean currently has four published works, all of which collect his illustrations and art: Process Recess Volume 1, Process Recess Volume Two, Fables: Covers and XOXO. The Process Recess volumes display Jean's process in his illustrations, by showing both the original sketches and the final coloring, Process Recess is also the name of his blog, which includes similar content. Fables: Covers is a collection of all the cover art illustrations James Jean has made for the comic book series Fables. Finally, XOXO is a selection of his illustrations displayed in the form of postcards.