I am available for freelance illustration, storyboarding, sketch art, and concept art in Print/Advertising/Entertainment companies in the Los Angeles area (in-house) or anywhere across the globe (remotely.) I accept fine-art commissions only as my schedule allows. I do not accept tattoo-design commissions. // jawcooper@gmail.com

March 30, 2014

Season of Spring @ Flower Pepper Gallery

Here are two pieces that I made for Flower Pepper Gallery's "Season of Spring" show curated by Daniel Rolnik. Both sold the opening night!

Gouache and Graphite
image: 5"x7" matted: 8"x10"

Gouache and Colorase
image: 5"x7" matted: 8"x10"

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening and to the two lovely people who purchased these two pieces!

March 25, 2014

Insect Sculptures In Progress

A little update on my insect sculptures! I've made a few into double-brooches and have been experimenting with new building techniques to make them hardier and faster to make so I can lower prices. I am expecting to have at least 100 little insects available for sale through my solo show in April 2015 at la Luz de Jesus Gallery! So excited to see them all hanging together!

More updates to come!

March 15, 2014

Insect Sculptures

A horde of critters being painted and prepped on my desk! I've got bees, dragonflies, beetles, and a TON of cicadas- my favorite...

March 14, 2014

Dining and Drawing

Sometimes I like to leave strange little drawings behind when I go out to eat...

March 10, 2014

"Feral Creatures" Teasers!

Oh man! I have so much catching up to do!
Here were my four paintings for Modern Eden Gallery's "Feral Creatures" show.

Please contact the gallery with inquiries:

Some WIP photos:

Here they are right before I took them to the framers:

"Brittle Bones" (available)

"Take Flight" (SOLD)

"Bad Blood" (available)

"Timid" (SOLD)

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March 9, 2014


Here is my piece for Flower Pepper's show "Twice Told Tales."

(Based on archetypes in Grimm's Fairy tales)
graphite, colorase, acrylic on frosted acetate
Image: 7"x9"
Frame: 11"x13"

Please contact the gallery with inquiries at: contact@flower-pepper.com

February 17, 2014

"Resting Place"

Here is my painting currently available through WWA Gallery in Culver City as part of the PRISMA Collective Show!

J.A.W. Cooper
"Resting Place"
graphite and gouache
8.5"x4.5" image (17"x13" framed)

If you are interested in this piece please contact the gallery director Rob Faucette at: rob@wwagallery.com

February 15, 2014

"Resting Place" Teasers

Here are some photos of a new little painting that will be available as part of the Prisma Collective Annual Group Show at WWA Gallery in Culver city opening TONIGHT! I'll be there, and if you are in the area, stop in and say hello!

Full image coming tomorrow- but for now, teasers:

"Resting Place"
graphite and gouache
8.5"x4.5" image (17"x13" framed)

If you are interested in this piece please contact the gallery director Rob Faucette at: rob@wwagallery.com.

February 14, 2014

"Strength" at Last Rites Gallery

Here is the full image of my painting for "The Art of Tarot" show at Last Rites Gallery in New York which opened Jan 18th, 2014.

This painting sold at the opening reception!

Artist - J.A.W. Cooper
Title - "Strength"
Medium - ink, gouache, gold acrylic
Dimensions - image size: 9"x13" // framed: ~15"x19"
Tarot card association - Strength

 A big thank you to Aunia Kahn and all the lovely folks over at Last Rites Gallery for inviting me to participate!

February 9, 2014

"End Times" Comic Cover

Here is a comic cover I illustrated last year for "End Times of Bram and Ben." A big thank you to Jim Festante and James Asmus for hiring me; it was a blast to work on!

Find this issue in a comic store near you!

January 9, 2014

Wolf Skull Pillow- WIP

I am working on this large wolf-skull floor pillow for fun. The foam sculpting and pattern making are done and not I just need to sew and detail it! The fabric I will use is a light grey vinyl. Very excited.

January 4, 2014

Hooked on NHM Sketching

Pentel Brush-Pen sketches from a some recent excursions to the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Natural History Museums.

I would really like to take a couple weeks and tour great Natural History Museums around the US and just draw until my fingers fall off. If you have any suggestions for amazing Natural History Museums or Curio shops to visit please post them below! (Emphasis on NHM's within 1000 miles of Los Angeles, but out-of-the-country suggestions are welcome too!)

January 1, 2014

Holiday Ornaments!

I recently made a batch of holiday ornaments; beetles, bees, various woodland critters, and a boatload of cicadas! Six are for sale (100$ /ea) through Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena. (Update: bee and one cicada sold, another on hold. Two cicadas and a beetle available.) If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact the gallery directly at:

Flower Pepper Gallery

Here are the six ornaments at the gallery:

Process shot, painting and attaching wings: 

A large group shot of all the ornaments I made in this batch:

The bodies are sculpted from sculpey (polymer-based oven-bake clay) and then painted gold and individually detailed with acrylic paint. The wings are frosted acetate with linework on the front and acrylic spot-painted on the back for diffused color. They were sprayed with a combination of matte and gloss varnishes to ensure their integrity and so they can withstand the elements. The notes attached to them are written on limestone paper which is waterproof.

(I left one such ornament in the forests of Big Sur for 6 months and it was still in amazing condition when I re-found it!)

Happy new years everyone!

December 30, 2013

"Siege" Screen Print

My screen print "Siege" is now available online. They are going very quickly and it is only an edition of 50 so grab yourself one soon before they sell out!


Click the link below to buy the print online:

5 color, hand pulled, screenprint on Coventry Rag 320gsm archival paper with hand-torn deckled edge. 18"x24" (Standard frame size) Edition of 50.

Each print is signed and numbered by J.A.W Cooper on the front, Certificate of Authenticity included.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the artist meet-and-greet on the 28th- it was wonderful to meet all of you! I will be posting a tutorial of my process in making this screen print soon- it was all hand-inked transparencies to create the line work and color separations, no computers were used at any point.

December 26, 2013

"Siege" Teasers and J.A.W. Cooper Meet-and-Greet Dec 28th, 2013!

Here are teasers for my screen print "Siege" about to be released in just a couple days through Intellectual Property Prints!


The screen print will be released December 28th, 2013 at an artist meet-and-greet at IPP Studio in the Brewery in Los Angeles 12 noon-2pm. Any remaining prints will become available online the same day at 5pm PST. Scroll to the bottom for more info!

5 color, hand pulled, screenprint on Coventry Rag 320gsm archival paper with hand-torn deckled edge. 18"x24" (Standard frame size) Edition of 50.

Each print is signed and numbered by J.A.W Cooper on the front, Certificate of Authenticity included.

This print will be released on Saturday, Dec. 28th, at a special "Meet & Greet" event with the artist JAW Cooper, at our IPP studio near downtown Los Angeles 12 noon-2pm.

Any remaining prints will come available online on the same day at 5pm pacific time on this page: http://www.intellectualpropertyprints.com/product/j-a-w-cooper-siege-2013-5-color-screen-print-edition-of-50


December 15, 2013

"Feral Creatures" & Screen Print Sketches

Here are some sketches for an upcoming show at Modern Eden in San Francisco called "Feral Creatures":

And here are the initial sketches for an upcoming painting and limited edition screen print! Stay tuned for updates and purchasing information!