Thomas James – Illustration for The Mortgage Observer

Here’s a new piece I recently created for The Mortgage Observer (a publication of the New York Observer). This was for an article about a potentially hazardous deadline approaching in regards to loans on commercial properties. Despite the complicated financial wording of the article, the Art Director Ed Johnson and I agreed upon a straightforward, graphic approach involving a hybrid of a commercial office building and an hourglass running out of time. You can see more of my work at

About Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at


  1. It doesn’t getting smarter than this. Well done, sir!

  2. Kyle T. Webster

    Excellent solution.

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