JAMES MALIA-"Drawing the fun into your party or illustration!" "This is my passion that excites me every single day, all I really care about with my art is making people a little happier, this is my calling!"
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James' celebrity caricatures have been featured in 'Little Fockers' of Robert De Niro , 'VANILLA SKY' of Tom Cruise, 100 CARICATURES IN NBC'S hilarious sitcom 'GO ON' , starring Matthew Perry (episode 19), Disney channel including the very funny 'Dog with a Blog', The new epic comedy play directed by Jason Alexander called 'When You're in Love, The whole world is Jewish', Heidi Klum and David Lynch's websites and events , NBC and HBO's Emmy-winning Will & Grace and Curb Your Enthusiasm , 'Keeping up with the Steins, with Jeremy Piven , John Stamos' epic 50th Birthday Bash, ELLEN, Billboard Music Awards, 'Amazing Race' tv show as himself , the cover of L.A. Times, magazines including People , In touch, InStylye, Fade In, US weekly, Weekly Reader, Readers Digest, Oprah, Larry King, E!, VH-1, MTV, packaging, SBIFF.org,books, wine labels, cartoon maps, gift caricatures, movie posters including 'SpongeBob SquarePants' , Maps of Music Festivals and cities. As well as a plethora of advertising campaigns, wedding invitations and infamous Holiday cards for many known personalities, celebs, and professional athletes including Heidi Klum, Seal, Lebron James, Josh Duhamel , Fergie , Nick Lachey, and Vanessa Minnillo amongst many others. Recently James was hired to draw three save the date announcement invite caricatures for Lebron James' epic wedding.
Since returning in 1996 from working for Club Med resorts as a SCUBA/ windsurfing instructor/entertainer in the Caribbean, James has been a prolific artist with his own uniquely developed style that has passionately grown since his first doodles as a child. Besides volunteering at over a dozen charity events annually, James continually works grand openings, promotions, Hollywood movie premier parties, wedding receptions, mitzvahs, corporate events, convention booths, grad nights, proms, fundraisers, retirements, trade shows, cruise boats, resorts, ...... James partial client list includes: Paramount, David Lynch, Disney, L.A. Lakers Youth Foundation (volunteer), George Shapiro, Showtime's Weeds, Universal, Upper Deck, Microsoft, NBC, CBS, HBO, L.A. Lakers, Nestle, Fox Television, Warner Bros., Columbia TriStar, Dreamworks , GTE, QAD, Coca Cola, Deluxe, PacBell, Heidi Klum and Seal, Josh Duhamel and Fergie, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Jonathan Cleese, Betty White, Ricky Martin, Rob Lowe, Rodney Dangerfield, Kirk Douglas, Ashlee Simpson, Charlie Sheen, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, Michael Chiklis, Brooke Shields, Lamar Odom, the Jeopardy staff, MDR yacht parties, Chris Rock, Ron Howard, Regis Philbin, Trader Joe's, Panasonic, Roy Disney jr. , Pacific Bell, ICTV, American Red Cross, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Club Med, Citrix, Wells Fargo, Hawaiian Tropic, Taco Bell Corporation, Teen Magazine, Source Magazine, Pfizer, Mattel, Bruce Ryan Productions, Planet Hollywood, FCB Advertising, Petco, Grange Advertising, Sony Pictures, Unify Corp., Canadian Life Insurance, Boeing, McAfee , Intuit, Lehr and Black, Mindy Weiss, Amoeba music, Santa Barbara news press, Grammys, Taylor Kischt, Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury, The Beach Boys, Motown founder Berry Gordy, InTouch health, Ted Rogers /Rogers Media, Nokia, Seychelles shoes, Playroom Entertainemnt, Lebron James, Playmate of the Year Dalene Kurtis, Fortune Entertainment, Amgen, Intel, Molly Sims, Kelly Bergandtz, George Shapiro, Courtney Hansen, Mitch Richmond, Howie Mandel , Don Rickles, Magic Castle magicians Ivan Amodei, Greg Wilson, Frank Thurston and Doc Wayne, city of L.A., city of Hollywood, Santa Barbara County, Deckers, city of Anaheim, LAPD, LAFD, FBI, Grossman Burn Center, Cottage Hospital, Greka, CA State parks,Twiin Productions, City of Carpinteria, Makers Mark, Weekly Reader, DenMat, Windset Farms, Mick Hastie of the Magic Bullet blender. Some of the famous faces that James has drawn in person at events include: Hugh Hefner, Kobe Bryant , Rhonda Ross, Dwight Howard, Debra Messing, Brian Shaw, Mitch Richmond, Peter Falk, Amy Smart, Fabio, Mariah Carey, Kenny G, Candy Spelling, Nick and Vanessa Lachay, Bracha Krueger, Lauryn Hill, Patrick Warburton, Elaine Hendrix, Daniel Zelman, Johnny Ullman, Charlie Sheen, Frank Langella, Tom Green, Diana DeGarmo, Pixikill, Shania Twain, Debbie Davison, Al Kaplon, Judah Marley, Bethany Joy Lenz, Christine Rose, Holly Madison.....
James takes great pride in each drawing he produces and the energy he gives as a person, and is very appreciative that he makes a living with his passion.
Please e-mail or call James for commission rates or event entertainment/ live caricature sketch art rates and info.
Besides the daily commissions or drawing at events, James is working on a series of fine art whimsical figurative and abstract prints , 2 different books, and has a fun animated original show in the works.
When not drawing, James can be found windsurfing or floating in the waters off of the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles coastline, trying his best to communicate with the dolphins. So far they just squeak and smile.
Below are a few samples of some kind inspiring words:
"Fergie and I LOVE the artwork you did for our wedding and want you to design our Holiday card!" - Josh Duhamel and Fergie
" James you are such a talented artist and beautiful soul, Thanks again for making another one of our parties extra special, if you ever need us for a reference please do not hesitate." - Sheri and Roy Disney , Studio City
"James is amazingly expressive as his pen dances across paper brilliantly expressing life, love ,joy, excitement, and capturing the fullness and best that is in everyone."
- Mark Victor Hansen (co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul series) Newport Beach, CA
"These are the nicest caricatures I have ever seen." -Jerry Seinfeld at the David Lynch Foundation's 'Night of Comedy' regarding 37 5' by 4' caricatures of comedians made for the event as decor at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, CA
"JAMES WAS INCREDIBLE THE KIDS AND ADULTS ALL LOVED HIM...THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP.. HE ROCKED!" -MARILYN KAGAN
"Hello. I want to thank you, your company, and mostly James for being above and beyond more than i could have asked for.... I will be recommending to all i know. he is AMAZING. Great artist wonderful personality and beautiful soul. Could not have asked for a more perfect fit. I hope our guests treated him with the respect he showed us." - Cristina King, Santa Monica
"Thank YOU for doing such a wonderful job at my daughter's birthday. Everyone thought you were really great and had the nicest things to say about their time wth you. I really appreciate it." -Taryn , Santa Barbara, CA
"Thank You for a job well done! We'll happily have you at every party we have! Our friends can't stop talking about you!!!" - Brendan Turner , CEO Turner Techtronics
"Hi James, I like to thank you for the wonderful caricature you made for me several years ago. I was working in Journeys's End Resort, San Pedro, Belize. Presently, I'm a teacher and I Use that picture for My Welcome sign in my classroom. Everone love it. Thanks a million! " -Dyel J. Cal
" James, I wanted to thank you for the caricature sketch that you drew of me at the HVAC convention in Anaheim, CA 2004. I remembered your gregarious personality and how within minutes, you not only drew but developed images that really embodied my personality. I still have my artwork posted up in my living room and though I have looked at it severally times, I have just realized the subtle details that were included. I know it's been 5 years, but I just wanted you to know that you are truly a gifted artist. I pray that this holiday season will find you and your family with happiness and good cheer. " -Denise Kerr
"James you made my sons party a hit, Thanks again!" - Rob Lowe, Santa Barbara
"Hi James, It was our honor to have you to be a part of our wedding!! We got a lot of compliments for hiring you at the wedding, and everyone loves their drawings :)
Thank you for being so patient & having fun with all the guests too. We can't say THANK YOU enough. I'm sure hundreds of people already told you this ….you're soo very talented & just simply amazing!! Hope to see you again sometime. Thanks again " - Nadia & Jeff
"I LOVE this so much I can't breathe, I'm putting it everywhere I love you Xox" - Mindy Weiss
Wow, poetry in your Phinger Tipps & a Soul in ure Hart! - Charlie Sheen
"Your work is amazing and you were really fun. My husband is CNN reporter Ted Rowlands and he has your drawing in his office, even Larry King gets a kick out of it, thank You!"
"I LOVE ALL THE ART YOU DO FOR ME, THANK YOU!!! " - HEIDI KLUM
NBC's comedy sitcom 'Go On' starring Matthew Perry episode 19 'Go for the Gold Watch' with 100 of James' caricatures http://www.hulu.com/watch/469228
On Ellen with Fabulous Fergie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eaF63Aqxqc&feature=player_embedded
Coming from a modest life growing up mostly in Sacramento with the hardest working mom full of heart and positive energy , having to pay for most things myself ( a car, school, endless hobbies), experiencing being homeless for a small period as a child, has taught me to appreciate the smallest most subtle things that I've noticed many of my friends who were handed everything cannot even see or understand. I believe this has given me the extra spark, hunger, passion, compassion, awareness, deep appreciation and drive I wouldn't have if I came from a silver spoon upbringing.
And through art, the people I've been so fortunate to meet from all walks of life, from almost every country in existence, to children with terminal cancer, to Nobel Prize physicist, to 100 year old poets, and all in between. The profound lessons, inspirations, adventures, serendipitous incredible moments, challenges, the moments of self doubt, the love from strangers, continues to continually teach me to see the world with better and brighter eyes , to be more present, to be more fearless, to really see the poetry and line in everything and everyone. I feel like I've just re-opened my eyes and I'm more excited each day to create and spread joy through art to as many people as I can. I have so many people to Thank and regrets for not Thanking a few who've passed. This art is just the beginning, Thank You to everyone who ever supported my art emotionally , financially, with constructive criticisms, with kind words, with humor, with high fives.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU and Thank You for looking at this gallery. Like Steve Martin said, " I'd like to Thank each and every one of you from the top of my noggin to my sany tickly toes, (deep breath in), Thank You, THANK YOU, thank you, Thank YOU, Thank You, THANK YOU, thank you, Thank YOU, tHaNk YoU, Thank You, THANK YOU, thank you, Thank YOU, Thank You, THAn…………….