James Liswed Portfolio
Creative Illustration
Expressive Style

digital & analog media

Concept Art & Design
art commissions / contract booking

Creative design for entertainment media.

American style comics, manga and more

Interior sequentials, lettering, covers and pin-ups.


This is the art portfolio of James Liswed AKA “Somni”.

The focus is on visual storytelling via illustration, sequential art and painting with some graphic design mixed in. Content is updated regularly as various works are published and cleared for release. “SomniVision” is a continual work in progress as my artistic style changes and evolves along my path.

This page is a small sample of works most clients are interested in but additional artwork and sketchbook pages are also available for viewing.

Contact me for rates and booking info.


Pin-ups & Comic Covers

From various projects featuring character(s) or depicting a particular scene.

Comic Sequential Art

Interior sequential art I've done along with some lettering and graphic design (excluding logos).

Concept Art / Character Design

Pre-production designs pertaining to different genres and styles.

James Liswed

Independent artist/illustrator & Designer


James Liswed has worked as a professional artist and commercial illustrator for a number of years before finding his home in visual storytelling. Since 2015 he has been active in many aspects of independent comics and entertainment; book covers, guest illustrations, sequential artwork, concept art, production design, writing and editorial are just some roles he has held.

In 2018, he is working on exciting new print projects and is developing his own IP to be released as a comic series.



Released & Upcoming

TBA • sci-fi / action
graphic novel mini-series
Independent, TBD
TBA • horror
comic anthology: artist
Independent, TBD
DARK SOULS: Daughters of Ash • dark fantasy
video game: promo art
TBA, Q4 2018
The Ferryman #1• sci-fi / thriller
comic mini-series: guest artist & designer
Independent, Sept 2018
LUCKY #2• crime drama
graphic novel series: cover artist (special variant)
Stache GR1ND/C.Cippolini/T.Patrick, July 2018
Grimwood Crossing Vol. 1/2 • western/horror
GN trade collection: cover artist & merch
Independent, Aug 2017-Feb 2018
Gunpowder Witch #4• historical fantasy
graphic novel: guest pin-up artist
Stache Publishing, Feb 2018
Silver Skin #0 • slice of life/fantasy
series comic: cover artist
Independent, October 2017
Oneshi Quarterly #2 • anthology – various
comic anthology: illustrator (seq)Confidence Game
Oneshi Press, October 2017
Last Call #1 • dark comedy/superhero
ashcan: lead illustrator (seq) & letterer
303 Publishing, Mar 2017
Under the Streetlight • anthology – noir
comic anthology: cover artist
Stache Publishing, Oct 2016

Contact Me

If you would like to inquire about a collaboration or assignment you can get in touch by using this form.
As an alternative, feel free to email me directly at:

Also, feel free to contact me with any questions not covered in the FAQ  below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What payment methods do you accept?

Only Paypal at this time.

What creative services do you offer?

You can hire me for:

  • comics
    • cover art illustration and design
    • interior sequential art illustration (pencil/ink/color)
    • sequential page layouts / storyboarding
    • page finishing
    • lettering (depends on the projects)
    • pre-press
  • concept art & design
  • spot, vignette and promotional illustration
  • personal art commissions
Do you make custom artwork?

Yes I do take commissions. Feel free to contact me with the details of your project and please specify whether this is for personal or commercial use.

What is the payment schedule?

This varies from project to project but typically I will accept 50% up front, then the rest upon proof of the finished product.

How do I contact you?

You can use my contact form to send me a message via my website or email me directly at:

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