James Hart was raised on English comics like The Beano & The Dandy
and classic 80s and 90s cartoons. His family then moved to Australia
where he continued his love of comics (especially ones from the UK that
his Nan continued to post to him) and cartoons and drawing. Upon
graduating high school in '98 he studied illustration, electronic design
and multimedia for 5 years.
As well as being his final year of study at
RMIT, James' illustration career launched into action in 2003 thanks to his illustrations being on the front cover of design magazine 'Desktop'. Since that time he has worked on many
projects—from toy designs to book illustration to animation—for multiple clients and publishers across Australia, NZ and the UK.
His early publishing work was predominantly
in education and textbooks and a large number of reader/chapter books.
This success laid the foundation and drive
to pursue projects in the wider publishing world. In 2012 James set out
to make this a reality through a huge overhaul in his career. It resulted in him working on the popular animated
series of The Day My Butt Went Psycho, designing characters
and props for two seasons, as well as the first of 12 books for the
successful You Choose series by George Ivanoff for Random House
Australia, which won a YABBA award in 2015 and was shortlisted for a
When he's not drawing his favourite things
(aliens, robots and monsters!) he's being a dad and husband, watching
movies and documentaries and cartoons, drinking coffee, listening to
music, gardening, reading... and drinking coffee.
James' illustrations can be viewed at www.jameshart.com.au