Posted in Photography on November 11, 2014 by Thomas Allen


I will be in New York next week (November 17 – November 20) for two special events. On Tuesday night (the 18th), I will have a conversation about my work with Stacey Clarkson—Art Director of Harper’s Magazine at the Penumbra Foundation.


I will be at FOLEY the following night to celebrate the opening of a group show of FOLEY artists at its new location.


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2014 by Thomas Allen


In PRELIMINARY, I previewed sketches for a project I did for Nautilus (the coolest and most beautifully-designed science quarterly in print). Here’s what the finished product looks like. You can see more here.





Posted in Photography on June 6, 2014 by Thomas Allen



I will be a Featured Speaker (along with Amy Friend) at the Society for Photographic Education’s Southeast Regional Conference in October. This year’s event titled, “IF YOU BUILD IT…” is being hosted by East Carolina University  (Greenville, NC) at the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.  More information can be found HERE. If you are kind enough to come and here me speak, come prepared to ask me tough questions and be sure to stick around and say, “Hello” afterward.


Posted in Photography on November 26, 2013 by Thomas Allen

I thought I would share a behind-the-scenes look at how a commission evolves from start-to-finish. This is for a project I’m presently working on, but I can’t say for who or what it’s about. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I receive the full text to read. At minimum, I get a synopsis. After reading the copy, I usually rough something out quickly in pencil to get me motivated. From there I draw a more refined, yet still ragged, version via my Wacom tablet and Photoshop. This allows me to mess around with scale and element placement before I started cutting things out. The central character is very angular and rigid (intentionally). Since tentacles need to be smooth, it’s much faster for me if I create them in Illustrator. Sometimes I use the pen tool and other times the blob brush. The second tentacle is blue so that I can easily discern the overlap. From here I can move the shapes to Photoshop as pixels.

…to be continued.


Posted in Photography on November 19, 2013 by Thomas Allen


Jasper Fforde—in French!


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by Thomas Allen


Posted in Photography on November 12, 2013 by Thomas Allen

SFH-7In June, my daughter and I traveled to Ohio with my parents (my wife stayed home to tend the livestock) for a family reunion. It has always been my great Uncle Ron’s dream to host an all-day music event with family (and that is exactly what he did)! They tried to coax me into singing, but I said that the event would be better served if I designed a keepsake program (and that’s exactly what I did)! For all of you print geeks, the 11″ x 17″ piece was printed head-to-head on 70lb text weight stock (no bleed) and Z-folded. The front, when pulled out, provides details of the day’s activities. The back pays tribute to my great aunt Marilyn who passed away prior the reunion. She was one of the original planners. The copy was written by her husband (my great uncle Mike). Since the content is deeply personal, I chose to obliterate it.



I’ve been going to reunions ever since I can remember and have to say that this was, by far, the most fun. Ron was the first to take the stage in the barn where everything took place and he was the last one to leave! I think this picture illustrates how pleased he was.



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