Thomas James – Unhappy Bees for Corporate Knights

A few months ago, I had the great pleasure of creating this piece for one of my favorite illustrators and fellow Illo Confidential member Pete Ryan, who also happens to be an Art Director for Corporate Knights magazine.

This was for an article about unhappy workers being bad for the workplace. Since the author made several references to bees, Pete and I thought it would be fun to work that into the imagery as well. Pissed off bee imagery resulted in a lot of fun concepts, but this one seemed to read the most clearly.

Thanks for buzzing by! 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. Kyle T. Webster

    This is very clever.

  2. Yes! Nicely done, Thomas!

  3. Thanks guys! This was a fun one, and it was great to get to work with Pete.

  4. Not sure how I missed this one, great solution and image!

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