As a kid, I loved drawing. I loved drawing characters on my textbooks and putting them into stories. Comic was my biggest inspiration growing up. I studied at Auckland University and received a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Design. I always tweaked my brief or assignment so I could try different style of illustration.
I also tried to self-publish my comic at the time.
After university I got into 3D animation and spent a few years working for different studios as an animator and visual effects artist. Life was good but I was not 100% happy, as I wasn’t doing the things I wanted, which were drawing and making story- telling illustration.
Depending on the art direction of the project, I choose between Adobe Illustrator for something more modern and fresh, and Photoshop for something more organic, with texture etc. No matter what method I choose to finish my work, a good drawing is of most importance. I like to clearly get drawings done before I move on to finish. I spend a lot of time perfecting my drawing, and practice it till it has become part of me. Style just comes along the way. That might be the part of reason why my art keeps evolving as my knowledge grows.
My favourite thing to do is cafe sketch – sit in a cafe and sketch people around me. It’s interesting to see what people really look like and every one of them has a different shape. Observing people from life helps me to find interesting shapes on paper and create more characters with personality.
Freelance Illustrator / Jan 2012 - Present / Thomas Illustration
Freelance Illustrator specialising in children's illustration, character design and storyboard.
Storyboarder / Feb 2013 - Present / International Rescue
Exclusively represent International Rescue as Freelance Storyboarder
2D Artist / Apr 2011 - Oct 2011 / Cerebralfix
Create concept art for characters, environment and UI for games. Take concept artwork into production level taking into consideration the style of the game.
Industries I know well
Mediums I know well
Honours & awards
Caples Awards (Finalist), Best Art Direction, 2014
MTV Plus, Crowbar Competition (Finalist), Best Animation, 2008
Media Design School, Auckland
Diploma in 3D Animation, (Texturing & Modelling), 2008
University of Auckland
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design), 2004-2008