I Drew This Thing: The Early Years Volume 2

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[Editor’s Note – In collaboration with Mark Kaufman, Illustration Age is bringing back the popular comic series for illustrators, I Drew This Thing. To prepare for the relaunch we thought it would be nice to take a 3-part look back at some of the greatest hits in this collection. Please enjoy Mark’s always hilarious, sometimes painful look at the life of an illustrator and get ready for more awesome to come.]

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See Volume 1 here, check back for Volume 3 and stay tuned for the relaunch of I Drew This Thing! You can also get your grubby hands on one of these as a print or other product here.

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Author: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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163 Comments on “I Drew This Thing: The Early Years Volume 2”

  1. March 4, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    Reblogged this on Nostalgia.

  2. March 4, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Great piece.

    • kambingqurbantangerang
      March 11, 2015 at 11:20 am #

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      • March 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

        hii….u r so cute….
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    • March 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

      Great illustrations…loved it..

  3. March 4, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    This made me laugh so much. The food looks familiar. Nice job!

  4. March 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    All very true ( except he’s still got his hair!).

  5. March 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on The art and rambling of b.k. jenkins.

  6. March 8, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    a once a week meeting to laugh at art directors? cool!

    • kambingqurbantangerang
      March 11, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      i need some love please, add n follow me

  7. March 10, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

  8. March 10, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Cool

  9. March 10, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Get together with Hugh MacLeod and buy each other drinks. Ask him to tell the business card story.

    http://gapingvoid.com/

  10. March 10, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Very cool enjoyed it. Check out my blog please!

  11. March 10, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Love this❤

  12. March 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    I really enjoyed these, although the last frame confirms me fear that people are gathering in rooms to laugh at me. (Not an art director or designer, but I’m pretty sure they’re still laughing at me.)

  13. March 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on planettime and commented:
    wow

  14. March 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    this is hilarious. I really liked it.

  15. March 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Great stuff and sometimes tough living. Oh you forgot: do illustrators not also tend to bicycle? It’s cheap transportation..

  16. mommyoft3lilmonsters
    March 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mommy of Three Lil Monsters.

  17. March 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Nice post

  18. March 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    The picture speaks for itself. This is funny but, undeniably, cool reality.

  19. March 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    These are great! Laughed out loud.

  20. March 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    Reblogged this on G U.P.876 Ltd. and commented:
    Illustrators

  21. March 10, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    Reblogged this on James Handelin and commented:
    Hifuckinglarious…

  22. March 10, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on koloni kebun binatang and commented:
    yeah right

  23. March 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on Naturarts lifestyle and commented:
    Super Gedanken.

  24. March 11, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    The bags under the eyes resonate.
    The diet pic gave me heartburn.
    Thanks for sharing your talents.

  25. March 11, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    Reblogged this on Sudhvedham.

  26. March 11, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    You may publish them,will be very popular among the art lovers.

  27. March 11, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    Loved it.

  28. Konveksi Tas Pabrik Tas
    March 11, 2015 at 2:33 am #

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  29. Konveksi Tas Pabrik Tas
    March 11, 2015 at 2:33 am #

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    March 11, 2015 at 2:52 am #

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    March 11, 2015 at 2:52 am #

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  32. March 11, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    This was a pretty entertaining post(a very humorous one at that). Please continue to post more content like this :D

  33. junaidramay116
    March 11, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    xoo nice

  34. jhorel freeborn
    March 11, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Reblogged this on Jhorel's Blog.

  35. March 11, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    nice

  36. March 11, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    The food may as well have been for all North Easterners. I eat that too.
    Minus the mango chutney. eeekkk from the ekkkk dollar eeeekkkk store!

  37. March 11, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Reblogged this on brkica and commented:
    zanimljivo, kako me je nacrtao :-)

  38. kambingqurbantangerang
    March 11, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    i need some love please, add n follow me

  39. March 11, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Reblogged this on Adamu Ayuba and commented:
    On a lighter note…..

  40. March 11, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I loved this! Will definitely give volume 1 a look now.

  41. March 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Loved this, great post!

  42. March 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on hardplaygs.

  43. March 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    That’s Cool man!!! Visit me on lovewithpic.wordpress.com :D

  44. myonlytxt
    March 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Good one!

  45. March 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    ARE YOU WHAT YOU EAT / DRINK?

  46. March 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    Reblogged this on becca lynn weeks and commented:
    I can relate, and I still haven’t quit my day job! Great stuff!

  47. March 12, 2015 at 12:16 am #

    Is this what’s it’s like? I’ve been thinking of medical illustration.

  48. March 12, 2015 at 1:47 am #

    Reblogged this on rkarlts's Blog.

  49. March 12, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    Good.

  50. March 12, 2015 at 5:50 am #

    Beautiful! Follow my blog . IIt’s all about the learnings us go thru in life..

  51. March 12, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    My favorite is the Dollar Store Mango Chutney. Is that the perfect condiment for noodles in a cup, or do you just eat it plain with a plastic spoon? — MAB

  52. pasttherabbithole
    March 12, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    That was hilarious! Thanks :)

  53. March 12, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Reblogged this on aanasada.

  54. March 12, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Hey i hope you don’t mind but i’d like to invite you to my blog at: http://www.nishadiwaker.wordpress.com

  55. March 12, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    Ha ha – I know that feeling!

  56. March 12, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    Awesome …. Especially the first one Ilusstration Aged

  57. March 12, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Awesome. Had a good laugh!

  58. March 12, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Nice!!

  59. March 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on HOME JOBS OPPORTUNITY and commented:
    So true the illustration

  60. March 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    UNSCRUPULAS HA HA….

  61. March 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thomas James, it is true. Working weekends and rush job expecially true. I would follow you.
    Good luck! Good job!

  62. March 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    This is amusing. I would like to see what else you can draw that is not a body part.

  63. March 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    Haha love this

  64. March 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Hilarious!

  65. March 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Very good

  66. March 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on rakibx7 and commented:
    Ha ha ha

  67. March 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    Trying to figure out if there’s a Christmas tin on a shelf somewhere that all the emergency cotton candy is stored….

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  69. March 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    nice post

  70. March 13, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    You really need to draw Cokes instead of Pepsis :P More fizz and pizzazz!

  71. March 13, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    Not an illustrator but this mimics my life and well draw.

  72. March 13, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Love this!

  73. fictioncartel
    March 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    your drawings sort of remind me of Leonard Cohen’s poetry artwork

  74. March 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    Haha! Very true. I liked the drawing style.

  75. azmahnihar
    March 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    nice one!

  76. March 13, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on workitoutonmaths and commented:
    hmmmm! amazing

  77. March 14, 2015 at 3:09 am #

    I love this and you’re so lucky that you’re able to draw at all! I couldn’t if my life depended on it.

    Danika Maia
    http://www.danikamaia.com

  78. March 14, 2015 at 4:45 am #

    Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

  79. March 14, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    Love it!

  80. March 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on Babble Brain..

  81. March 15, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    Reblogged this on aviluddinmohammadnur and commented:
    Nice!

  82. March 15, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    These are really cool.

  83. March 16, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    This is interesting! I blog at https://danumedawatte.wordpress.com/

  84. March 16, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Just started a blog, need likes and followers…come check me out!!

  85. March 16, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    This was just too cool!

  86. March 16, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    Just so amazing!

  87. March 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    That’s funny so cool!!

  88. March 17, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    Reblogged this on chocolatefrogpress.

  89. March 17, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Reblogged this on reemtd.

  90. March 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    lol

  91. March 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Thomas, I absolutely adore you work here. :D Keep it comin’.

    Jess

  92. March 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on laura cave illustrations.

  93. March 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Awesome

  94. March 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    really cool. wish i cud put some sense into my drawings as well :)

  95. March 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    u suc bals

  96. March 19, 2015 at 5:54 am #

    Very funny, really fun style!

  97. March 19, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    This is great! And pretty much sums up why I dropped out of art school after 2 weeks and became a nurse. I like stuff too much to be a starving artist.

  98. March 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Hahahahahah!!!! IF you drew that original pic ON Illustrator (Adobe tm etc etc) …then my hat is off to YOU. Drawing WITH Illustrator can make the most seemingly settled individual a bit nuts. Good job!

  99. March 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    So true!

  100. March 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Jajaja!!!! Can’t stoo laughing. #brilliant

  101. March 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on pedrotelemaco and commented:
    Extremely Funny

  102. March 20, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    Excellent

  103. March 21, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Amazing post!! You should take a look at my site!

  104. muslu5
    March 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Nice :-D

  105. March 22, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Very nice!

  106. Shameless Philomath
    March 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    This is great!

  107. March 23, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Fine humor. Congratulations!!

  108. March 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    This is very funny. The lead poisoning lolll ^^

  109. March 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    I like it

  110. March 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Oh god, so achingly true. Great work!

  111. March 25, 2015 at 4:02 am #

    It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.

  112. March 25, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Reblogged this on The Unkempt Life of Me.

  113. March 26, 2015 at 3:25 am #

    amazing pieces! reflecting what it is like to be a freelancer. loved it( though it hurts! :)

  114. March 26, 2015 at 4:38 am #

    Reblogged this on sparkling petals and commented:
    haha, the age one was so good! What do you think ?

  115. March 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on sheillaolga and commented:
    The sarcasm is so on point.

  116. March 27, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Nicely done

  117. March 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    I can relate… :D

  118. March 27, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    Great design Illustration Age! As a talented graphic designer, if you have some spare time, would you be able to check out a graphic design piece me and my team created for an app firm in silicon valley. The design is for an app called “Mr. Popular.” It would be awesome if you could give us some feedback on the design. Thanks so much!

    https://malibugraphicdesign.wordpress.com/

  119. March 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Love your drawing ! Great

  120. dawnjax
    March 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    I was laughing with my 15-year old daughter! Please keep it up…. I also blog follow me @ http://www.paigesturn.com

  121. March 31, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Thank you
    Fantastic Blog
    Good luck
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  122. April 1, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    cool

  123. April 5, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    like

  124. April 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on CareWare.

  125. April 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Cool article. You should check out a Cool new app launching. check them out… I do graphic design for them… Tell me what you think of the design:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-PopularApp/768042026575590?fref=ts

  126. robforaker
    April 11, 2015 at 6:09 am #

    Reblogged this on Rob Foraker's Blog and commented:
    Gettin old

  127. misunikotaro
    April 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    awesome! this is amazing! :D

  128. April 20, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Reblogged this on thedarkbrowncorps.

  129. April 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    This is so hilarious! This is basically what my life looks like! It would mean so much if you viewed my blog!!

  130. April 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    lol i was laughing and my dad asked what was up
    pinehillreads

  131. May 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    These were all great!!! Enjoyed them.

  132. May 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on basicbubbles.

  133. May 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    That’s how I look like after drinking to much coffee and working to much. Ughh working sucks.

  134. May 14, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    i ts real funny:) !

  135. May 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    yep–“D”es

  136. johnberk
    May 26, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    I would really like to recommend American illustrators to eat healthier. Your menu is currently aiming at triple bypass by the age of 60. Otherwise, I love your humor and illustrations.

  137. January 2, 2016 at 6:59 am #

    Well done

  138. January 2, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    I needed this.

  139. January 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Wonderfully entertaining!

  140. January 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    Hilarious! Totally related to the first pic although I’m still in my early 20s……

    yeeseelife.wordpress.com/

  141. January 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Loving these!

  142. January 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Sour is the best humour…

  143. January 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    I enjoyed your blog if you get a chance check out my blog https://jaycolby.wordpress.com/

  144. January 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    Incredible…

  145. January 3, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    I love these! I’m trying to find a style that works for me where I can add more text to my art, I feel kinda all over the place with my art right now, but these are really great!

  146. January 3, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Interesting!

  147. January 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    this is awesome! haha

  148. January 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    I enjoyed your blog if you get a chance check out my blog https://jaycolby.wordpress.com/

  149. January 4, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    That is so funny!!!!!!!

  150. January 4, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    Solche Augenränder habe ich auch. That isn’t so funny

  151. January 5, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    Super funny: I loved every single one!

  152. January 5, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Hahaha brilliant! Illustration Aged looks like a doctor post nights!

  153. January 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    I know a few illustrators – this makes me think of them. I’ll be sure to pass it on!

  154. January 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    This is great! Typical rat race picture

  155. January 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    These are fun…the illustrations make illustrators look so vulnerable but there is some truth to it! I cant help but laugh!

  156. January 8, 2016 at 4:50 am #

    Awesome!

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