James "Jim" Salvati

Illustration / Entertainment Design


Highly accomplished, American painter of Contemporary Figurative Fine Art, commercial artist, illustrator and designer. Extensive works in the film industry as a visual concept designer and cinematic artist. Acknowledged in 2017 for his 30 years as an adjunct-professor at ArtCenter. Responsible for many of the finished paintings in the Harry Potter film series. Visual development and style guide art and design for Pocahontas, ThunderCats, Godzilla (2014 film), Happy Feet 1, Happy Feet Two, The Amazing Spider-Man and Surfs Up. In addition to all of this, he has also illustrated books for 2019 Atlas Shrugged Easton Press NY—The War of the Worlds, Art of War and Frankenstein. Numerous album covers and tour posters for the Music industry.

List of high-profile film, music, and theater clients include: Disney, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Fox Pictures, Paramount Pictures, A&R Records, Capital Records, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records, Universal-Verve Records, theater poster work with Radio City Music Hall, Arena Stage, the Ahmanson Theater and won the Washington Post award of excellence for his work with the Kennedy Center Honorees.



  • ILL-318-01: Notorious
  • ECPT-203-01: Digital Painting
  • ILL-356-03: Visual Development
  • ILL-356-04: Visual Development