Author Archives: Thomas James

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 thomasjamesillustration.com.
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Thomas James – More for Intelligence Squared US

Common Core Education Standards I recently completed a new series of illustrations for the upcoming season of Intelligence Squared US debates. It’s always a pleasure to work on such stimulating topics and see the images appear onstage as well as

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Thomas James – More for Intelligence Squared US

Common Core Education Standards I recently completed a new series of illustrations for the upcoming season of Intelligence Squared US debates. It’s always a pleasure to work on such stimulating topics and see the images appear onstage as well as

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Thomas James – Breakfast, Dessert, and Money

I thought it was high time for an update on some recent work for various clients, including myself. First, here’s a new illustration I’ve had a lot of fun working on bit by bit in between commissions. I really enjoyed

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Thomas James – Breakfast, Dessert, and Money

I thought it was high time for an update on some recent work for various clients, including myself. First, here’s a new illustration I’ve had a lot of fun working on bit by bit in between commissions. I really enjoyed

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Thomas James – Conflict of Interest

Here’s a straight and simple image for a BYU Magazine article about the ethical complications of receiving a sizable wedding gift from someone you’re doing business with. Always fun to work with a limited color palette to let the concept

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Thomas James – Conflict of Interest

Here’s a straight and simple image for a BYU Magazine article about the ethical complications of receiving a sizable wedding gift from someone you’re doing business with. Always fun to work with a limited color palette to let the concept

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Thomas James – Sierra Magazine

After designing the layout of an illustration for a double page spread, it’s always a thrill to see it incorporated well with the text. Here’s one recently created for Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine. Art Director Tracy Cox and I worked

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Thomas James – Sierra Magazine

After designing the layout of an illustration for a double page spread, it’s always a thrill to see it incorporated well with the text. Here’s one recently created for Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine. Art Director Tracy Cox and I worked

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Illo Confidential!

Click on any of the images below to enjoy our love-filled slideshow. Because we heart you.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Illo Confidential!

Click on any of the images below to enjoy our love-filled slideshow. Because we heart you.

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Thomas James – 5 for New York Times

I was thrilled to work with Minh Uong for this series of illustrations for the New York Times Sunday Business section (on the stands today). I was asked to visualize five tax-related topic briefs as simplified, iconic images, although I

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Thomas James – 5 for New York Times

I was thrilled to work with Minh Uong for this series of illustrations for the New York Times Sunday Business section (on the stands today). I was asked to visualize five tax-related topic briefs as simplified, iconic images, although I

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Thomas James – Film Lottery for Variety

Here’s another piece for Variety about the fact that studios are picking up less and less films each year. And so getting your film picked up is akin to winning the lottery. Art Director Cheyne Gately came to me with

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Thomas James – Film Lottery for Variety

Here’s another piece for Variety about the fact that studios are picking up less and less films each year. And so getting your film picked up is akin to winning the lottery. Art Director Cheyne Gately came to me with

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Thomas James – Clemency for Snowden

Tell Edward the joyous news! Over the weekend I created this quick-turnaround illustration for Intelligence Squared US for a last minute debate topic about the fate of Edward Snowden. It’s always fun when I get a chance to draw from

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Thomas James – Clemency for Snowden

Tell Edward the joyous news! Over the weekend I created this quick-turnaround illustration for Intelligence Squared US for a last minute debate topic about the fate of Edward Snowden. It’s always fun when I get a chance to draw from

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Illo Confidential’s Holiday Jamboree

Welcome, friend. Pour yourself some cider or nog, and join us for a holiday celebration. Enjoy the crackle of the rolling fire while we share some visual seasonal delights. Simply click on any of the ornaments below to start the

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Illo Confidential’s Holiday Jamboree

Welcome, friend. Pour yourself some cider or nog, and join us for a holiday celebration. Enjoy the crackle of the rolling fire while we share some visual seasonal delights. Simply click on any of the ornaments below to start the

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Thomas James – Netflix Illustration for Variety

Here’s a new piece for Variety about Netflix expanding into overseas markets. Thanks to Art Director Chris Mihal for the assignment. Check out more of my work at thomasjamesillustration.com.

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Thomas James – Netflix Illustration for Variety

Here’s a new piece for Variety about Netflix expanding into overseas markets. Thanks to Art Director Chris Mihal for the assignment. Check out more of my work at thomasjamesillustration.com.

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Thomas James – Illustration for Experience Life

Art Director Stephanie Glaros of Experience Life (and formerly Utne Reader) contacted me to illustrate an article claiming that lost weight leads to a sharper brain. I was grateful to finally get a chance to work with Stephanie, and we

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Thomas James – Illustration for Experience Life

Art Director Stephanie Glaros of Experience Life (and formerly Utne Reader) contacted me to illustrate an article claiming that lost weight leads to a sharper brain. I was grateful to finally get a chance to work with Stephanie, and we

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Thomas James – Spy On Me

I had a lot of fun with this latest piece for another Intelligence Squared US debate entitled “Spy on Me, I’d Rather Be Safe”. Here’s a synopsis of the debate: “The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and

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Thomas James – Spy On Me

I had a lot of fun with this latest piece for another Intelligence Squared US debate entitled “Spy on Me, I’d Rather Be Safe”. Here’s a synopsis of the debate: “The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and

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Thomas James – Social Media Risks Plus One

I wanted to share this latest illustration for Architectural Lighting Magazine for an article about the risks that businesses face when engaging in social media. I had a lot of fun with the banana peel metaphor for this one. Probably

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Thomas James – Social Media Risks Plus One

I wanted to share this latest illustration for Architectural Lighting Magazine for an article about the risks that businesses face when engaging in social media. I had a lot of fun with the banana peel metaphor for this one. Probably

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Thomas James – 6 Illustrations for Intelligence Squared

I am so excited to finally share this collection of illustrations I created for the new season of Intelligence Squared, a debate show that airs on PBS and NPR. It was such a thrill to work with the Director of

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Thomas James – 6 Illustrations for Intelligence Squared

I am so excited to finally share this collection of illustrations I created for the new season of Intelligence Squared, a debate show that airs on PBS and NPR. It was such a thrill to work with the Director of

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Thomas James – Organic Dallas Observer Cover

I love cover illustration projects, and it has actually been a few months since I’ve done one. This was for a Dallas Observer article about a veteran soldier who turns to organic farming. Such a fun overlap of visuals to

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Thomas James – Organic Dallas Observer Cover

I love cover illustration projects, and it has actually been a few months since I’ve done one. This was for a Dallas Observer article about a veteran soldier who turns to organic farming. Such a fun overlap of visuals to

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Thomas James – The US and the Syrian Civil War

This year I’m very excited to be working on a series of illustrations for Intelligence Squared, a debate show that airs in both audio and video formats on PBS and NPR. I was contacted to create imagery to accompany each

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Thomas James – The US and the Syrian Civil War

This year I’m very excited to be working on a series of illustrations for Intelligence Squared, a debate show that airs in both audio and video formats on PBS and NPR. I was contacted to create imagery to accompany each

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Thomas James – Rogue Planet for Nautilus

I was truly honored to get to work with Art Director Len Small of Nautilus, a great science publication that makes amazing use of talented illustrators. This piece was for an article about “orphan planets”, which don’t seem to orbit

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Thomas James – Rogue Planet for Nautilus

I was truly honored to get to work with Art Director Len Small of Nautilus, a great science publication that makes amazing use of talented illustrators. This piece was for an article about “orphan planets”, which don’t seem to orbit

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Thomas James – Recent Editorial Work

I thought I would share a couple of recent editorial pieces, starting with this one for a Scouting magazine article about the recent efforts of the Boy Scouts of America to gather feedback from the various members of the organization.

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Thomas James – Recent Editorial Work

I thought I would share a couple of recent editorial pieces, starting with this one for a Scouting magazine article about the recent efforts of the Boy Scouts of America to gather feedback from the various members of the organization.

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Thomas James – Summer Bummer for Variety

I really enjoyed keeping things simple with this latest illustration for Variety, to accompany an article called “Summer Puts the Heat on Paramount”. I had done the melting ice cream cone concept once before in the past, but in this

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Thomas James – Summer Bummer for Variety

I really enjoyed keeping things simple with this latest illustration for Variety, to accompany an article called “Summer Puts the Heat on Paramount”. I had done the melting ice cream cone concept once before in the past, but in this

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Thomas James – IKEA Sex Instructions for NSFWCORP

In a departure from my usual work, I was commissioned by NSFWCORP to create this fun and kinky illustration for their sex column. This particular piece was created to accompany their profile of porn star Marcus London and his new

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Thomas James – IKEA Sex Instructions for NSFWCORP

In a departure from my usual work, I was commissioned by NSFWCORP to create this fun and kinky illustration for their sex column. This particular piece was created to accompany their profile of porn star Marcus London and his new