This week, we’re pleased to introduce James Bentley, new Directory of Illustration artist!

Born in Montreal, Canada, James studied illustration and design at Dawson College in his hometown. He then attended the Illustration Academy in Liberty, Missouri, where he further refined his craft. James has won several awards for his work, including from Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators of New York, Applied Arts and Info Press.  One of his most valued awards is “The Joseph Morgan Henninger Award-Best of Show,” awarded by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

We had the opportunity to ask James a few questions about his inspirations, the project he’s currently working on, and more! Check out our interview with James below, and explore his portfolio for additional work.

Directory of Illustration: Where do you draw inspiration for your work?

James Bentley: My inspiration would definitely be drawing people. I am a sucker for puzzles and figuring out how to put the body together and fitting it in space is a great challenge. I love it!

As well I would have to say observation. When taking the time to look at something in front of my eyes I slowly become more and more interested in it. I can then extract the findings and use it in my art. Small discoveries keep me going.

DI: What is your favorite type of project to work on?

JB: Something I have never done before and that’s what I love about illustration. It’s always a subject I never dream of doing myself which is very fulfilling and I get to learn something new too.

DI: Are there any exciting new projects that you are working on or have recently completed?

JB: I am currently working on 30 portraits for a project “Amazing Atlantic Canadians”. It’s a series of profiles of kids (under 18) who have done amazing things in the world of sports, science, beating the odds and rescue.

Scroll down to view a selection of James’ work. Visit his website for more!