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Thomas 100615
Firstname/Profession
Thomas
Illustrator / Storyboard Artist
4-8 years Experience
Auckland, Wellington, Sydney
3268

Represented: 30/01/15

Bio

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.

Expertise

Animation Concepting Digital Art Illustration Storyboarding Visual Effects

Software

After Effects CC Illustrator CC InDesign CC Photoshop CC

Industries I know well

Gaming
Children's books
Entertainment
FMCG
Music
TV
Government
Education

Mediums I know well

Video
Web Publications
Ipad/Tablet
Print
Mobile Apps
Billboards

Honours & awards

Caples Awards (Finalist), Best Art Direction, 2014
MTV Plus, Crowbar Competition (Finalist), Best Animation, 2008

Qualifications

Media Design School, Auckland

Diploma in 3D Animation, (Texturing & Modelling), 2008

 

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic Design), 2004-2008

Languages

Chinese
English

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