Tom Simpson's history as an illustrator is greatly diverse, having worked on an array of projects from advertising campaigns, to children's books, to visualisation for film and television.
Being 'art crazy' from a young age, Tom drew and painted his way through primary and secondary school. He began experimenting with digital tools while completing a bachelor of design at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Tom's work is currently a mix of both digital and analogue mediums, utilizing the strengths of advanced software packages as well as the versatility of the humble pencil. His aim is to bring the tactile qualities of hand-made art into a digital illustration context, and continues to explore different methods and tools as a means to achieving this.
Place of Birth:
Oamaru, New Zealand.
Currently Living in:
Wellington, New Zealand.
Train, bus, bike, or other:
What's the most important object in your studio?
My current sketchbook.
Paper or Plastic?
Love that paper.
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
Ghandi. I think he'd go back peacefully.
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
They never ask nicely, do they? Manners cost nothing at all, and I am yet to hear a tortoise say 'please'.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Have you seen a woodchuck? Pathetic little arms. Zero wood.
Favourite client so far?
Another kid at primary school once offered me his bag of lollies to draw the title page for his science project. That was one sweet gig.
Favourite imaginary client?
How does your mother describe your profession?
"Artist"...when I'm around, at least!
Coffee or tea?
Definitely tea. Unless there's coffee.
What's your earliest drawing memory?
8am at the very earliest.
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Out walking with my camera and sketchbook or getting intimate with my wacom tablet.
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