Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Prints for sale

Security. 16x20 coated, printed on canvas.


click here to go to my etsy shop

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oliver and the Magic Snowflake interactive children's book

I recently illustrated 2 children's booklets for a company that makes large mall structures.
The mall structure is called "The Ice Palace", and it ties in with Disney's Chronicles of Narnia "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" film. There are a handful of malls in the US that have this Ice Palace structure. Check the list here: International Plaza

Originally, I was hired to illustrate the free book that they give to children who visit the Ice Palace, but then they added a second interactive book for the website.

The story in the book/website stayed far away from the Narnia references, because of licensing restrictions.

You can check it the interactive book here:
Oliver and the Magic Snowflake

I did all the illustrations, and another outfit animated the elements and made it interactive.

Here is a page from the first book. I went from thumbnail (drawn on a post-it note) to final illustration. I had already illustrated most of the pages, so the sketch on this one didn't need to be very detailed, since I had already defined the characters.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010


so at last I have representation... in the UK anyway.
The Sylvie Poggio agency.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Pepsi Refresh Everything grant

Hey, this arts group that I am involved with is trying to get a grant from Pepsi's Refresh Everything program. These people are awesome, and the town I live in really needs this. This would make a big difference. Voting closes at the end of November, we are trying to get into the top 10, and it has been hovering around 79 for a long time. Please vote! Thank you!
-logging into the pepsi site using your email
-using your facebook account
-text 103848 to Pepsi (73774)... free, but standard text messaging rates apply

thank you!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

St Nicholas book

Buy my friend Matt Eldridge's book! All about St. Nicholas. Great historical fiction! and I illustrated the cover.

Here is the link:
St Nicholas- The Christmas Story

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

recent illustration work

for a children's book(let) coming this winter to a fancy shmancy mall near you...

painting show in Johnstown PA

My first solo show is up! At the Bottleworks, in Johnstown PA.
Through Windows and Doors.

21 paintings.

October 2-November 2, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010

recent Graffiti pieces

Here are two graffiti murals I did in June 2010.

Monday, June 28, 2010

spy series book cover

here's a cover I illustrated for book 9 in a 10 book series for Scholastic a couple of years ago.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

book cover illustration

Here's an illustration I did for a book about St. Nicholas

Monday, May 24, 2010

t-shirt designs

Over the last few years, I have been designing the program cover/t-shirt design for Concepts Dance Studio in Johnstown PA. Here is this year and last year's design.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

James W. Elston Illustration on facebook

you can 'like' James W. Elston Illustration on facebook by clicking here.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


Here's an old illustration I found while digging through some old folders on my computer. I did this a few years ago for Oxford University Press.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Inclined Monster - Johnstown PA

At the Johnstown Inclined plane...

Vintage jimbo drawing (1983) - Hoth Battle

I found this old folder of mine labeled "6/3/83". I was 12 when I drew this.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Front Page

I redesigned the front page of my website, and added a few new images. Check it out:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

Clones: Fun with Photoshop

Maybe my daughters are cylons. Daughters + Digital Camera + tripod + wacom tablet + Photoshop. So say we all.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Aaaaargh!!! Somebody call Ultraman! There're monsters in Dahntahn Johnstown.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

My Artwork on ABC's Shark Tank

I did a piece of artwork for a contestant on ABC's Shark Tank (airdate February 5, 2010)

The contestant was Nicole Jones, the shoe PROFESSA!, and I was commissioned to do a piece that would be used as a large cardboard stand up in her presentation. It was blurry and in the background, but... I saw it. yay.
here is what it looks like:

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Skater Girl character design sketch

An early character design that ended up going through major changes before the final version. I kinda like this sketch.