James

Fosdike

My name is James Fosdike. I make cartoon art and comic-realism style illustrations for all sorts of people.

I have trouble picturing myself doing anything else. I could draw a great picture of me driving a truck or performing complex surgery but if you zoomed right in to my eyes you would be able to see that I’m clearly yearning to be an illustrator.

Most of my work starts with rough sketches. Then I gather a whole bunch of photo references and rough out the image in Photoshop, I ink the image in Illustrator and do my colour flats, then take it back to photoshop to render the colours.

What interests me most about illustration is where I can take it and how far I can push it.

One of the most formative experiences of my career was listening to a podcast called TOFOP (Thirty Odd Foot of Podcast) and deciding to draw them a picture to thank them for the free entertainment.

I’m most known for my work for Wil Anderson, The Dollop podcast, and also a couple of my unflattering Tony Abbott portraits. Not long ago I did a live podcast with Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen. It was great to share a stage with them and I’m continually surprised at their willingness to let me play in their world. I also created the stage backdrop for Wil Anderson’s 2019 MICF show Wil-Informed. I think I might hold the record for drawing Wil Andersons.

Live podcast with Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen

The best thing about working on commercial projects is the challenge of successfully bringing the brief to life in a limited amount of time.

I was lucky enough to create work for Beyond Blue. It was great to be able to donate my time to such a wonderful organisation. Volunteering and donating my skills is important to me—every year I try to do a pro-bono project. This year it was for Plan It Change 10, a climate action group.

Beyond Blue
Plan It Change 10

Some of my professional exploits include creating storyboards for Asahi (I loved how cool the brief was and seeing the finished ad was awesome); creating the artwork for ABC podcast Finding Drago; one of my all-time favourite projects was the artwork I created for The United States Of Absurdity, a book about bizarre American history by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Working on such a big project with Dave and Gareth was a real treat. I loved every single story and it was so much fun to illustrate.

Asahi Ad
Asahi Ad
ABC Podcast - Finding Drago
United States of Absurdity

I also really loved working with Rolling Stone. I’ll always remember how good it felt to achieve something I’ve wanted since I was a teenager.

Here are some pages from my sketchbook. I love being ridiculous and immature when I can. Lately in my personal work I’ve been experimenting with the creepy and strange. It’s fun to draw without restrictions or pressures; it gets weird a lot of the time, which I love. I’m really excited to experiment more with different digital brushes and see what new styles are born as a result.

Recently I’ve been playing around with polymer clay, to see how my cartooning works in three dimensions.

My studio is currently a mess because I’m too busy to clean it. It’s always full of empty coffee mugs and failed terrariums.

I spend a lot of time in my garden, because it’s a lovely break from the studio.

In the past I’ve lived in places where it was cool to draw on the walls, but now I’m a semi responsible adult that stops his child from drawing on the walls.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.