James Martin earned a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design. With over 27 years of professional teaching experience, James joined Ringling College in 2015. He has held previous positions such as background painter, visual development artist, storyboard artist and a freelance illustrator and sketch artist. His work includes toy packaging, prop paintings for film, billboards, and print advertising. Clients included Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, The Grammy Awards, Mattel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, The Disney Magazine, Lightstorm Entertainment, Marvel Comics and commissions from directors James Cameron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. James' worked on such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan and Treasure Planet. He is also a frequent guest lecturer and internationally exhibited fine artist.