Ryan James


Telling your story.


One of the areas of my work that I am attempting to improve on is story telling. Over the last few years I have been trying to get colour right and I think now with all the work that Ive done that I can transfer, more or less, my ideas onto the canvas. It was so frustrating before to have a good idea and just not have the skill to be able to transfer it into something cohesive. These days a good colourful image is not enough. I am now finding new ways to share an idea, tell a story through my art in the same way as I do through music or writing. I've always tried to do it but as with everything else practice makes perfect. Sketchbook work is vital to harnessing story telling through art work and the more I focus on that this year the better at it I think I'm getting. I'm not quite where I want to be yet but that's part of the journey right?! Now when I create a piece of work I think of the story behind it. Because I tend to work primarily with characters I think about their journey.


Who are they?

What are they doing?

Where have they been?

Where are they going?


The more I apply these questions to my characters the more I see them begin to transfer from flat pictures to beings that inspire an instant dialogue with my collectors. If you're an artist, try appling these questions to the next piece you work on and see how it goes from there! Let me know if it helps!



Thank you,



Big Love,



Ryan James x



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