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Thomas James – Sharks in Manhattan, Earthquake in Portland

Last week I wreaked havoc on two major US cities with a coast-to-coast smackdown of illustration.

This first piece is a cover illustration for Our Town/West Side Spirit meant to illustrate a trend of con men in Manhattan targeting wealthy female retirees. I was really glad that the Art Director (Ed Johnson) and I chose to take a chance on a more conceptual approach, because any ideas that were too literal just seemed cheeky and cliché.

Next, I was contacted by Suji Allen at The Portland Mercury to visualize a hypothetical article that outlined a minute-by-minute account of an imaginary large earthquake hitting Portland, Oregon. Being a Portland resident, the extreme detail of the fictitious account put me in the perfect squeamish mindset to create this image. I could even hear the creaking and cracking of metal of the crumbling Hawthorne Bridge.

Beyond that, I tried to suggest a deeper, more emotional story with lighting, figures, and other details because this is something that was lacking in the text, but that I felt after reading it.

More work by Thomas James

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