James X. Mackin
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” - Dr. Seuss



James X. Mackin communicates worlds and their stories through an intricate and carefully illustrated visual language. Well-versed in Astronomy and Evolutionary Biology, his work explores fiction and fantasy. He constantly challenges himself to master new techniques, push past the familiar, and find the unforeseen. James breathes life into imagination, returning us to the days of childhood when we dreamt of the spectacular and bizarre. 


Dreams & Aspirations 

  • Art Direct a movie or a game 

  • Illustrate and write a best-selling children's book

  • Continue to grow as an artist  

  • Never stop learning   

  • Be a grumpy old man