Trials and Illustrations

the Art and Ramblings of Jacob Thompson

Aug 31
Working on a commission at the book store.  Need more coffee. #jacobthompson #illustration

Working on a commission at the book store. Need more coffee. #jacobthompson #illustration


Aug 23
Drew this creepy guy while in Barnes & Noble the other day.   #jacobthompson#illustration#art#weird

Drew this creepy guy while in Barnes & Noble the other day. #jacobthompson#illustration#art#weird


Jul 23
I’ve just been wanting to draw creepy weird stuff lately.  Prince Potato Head was done in charcoal and soft pastels. #jacobthompson #illustration #weird #disturbing#nightmares

I’ve just been wanting to draw creepy weird stuff lately. Prince Potato Head was done in charcoal and soft pastels. #jacobthompson #illustration #weird #disturbing#nightmares


May 15

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I legit had to lie down

I can’t even handle this. You win tumblr.

(via rachel1940s)


May 10
Made some 80’s subway passengers for Columbia Association’s 2nd annual hip hop dance off!  #jacobthompson #illustration

Made some 80’s subway passengers for Columbia Association’s 2nd annual hip hop dance off! #jacobthompson #illustration


Mar 23

Huge thanks to everyone who’s bought a copy of my picture book, What’s Up? so far.  You guys are awesome!  Thanks so much for all the support.  If anyone else is interested in owning a copy, you can purchase it HERE!

When Charlie asks Trina, “what’s up?” 
She takes it quite literally.
She leads him on a wild chase describing everything she sees above her!
Will Charlie get her to understand? (Or will things go completely out of hand)
Ascend through 26 colorful pages with Trina and Charlie
And see “what’s up” for yourself.

Not only is What’s Up? extremely fun to read out loud, it is also an activity book.  Children of all ages will have blast searching through the detailed illustrations to find everything described in the poem.  As a bonus challenge, they can help Mr. Pigeon find all of his friends on the last page.  Good luck finding them all!


Mar 14
Drawing some vegetable dudes tonight.  Getting there… #jacobthompson #illustration #characterdesign

Drawing some vegetable dudes tonight. Getting there… #jacobthompson #illustration #characterdesign


Mar 9

"What’s Up?" Part #1

A long time ago, in an art school far far away…

Okay, so this post is about a project I started back when I was senior at Maryland Institute College of Art.  For my thesis, I decided to focus on the art of children’s picture books.  I often credit books like Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series, The Stinky Cheeseman, Where’s Waldo, and the Black Lagoon series for inspiring me to pursue illustration in the first place.  I love illustrations that incorporate a lot of humor and fun details for the reader to discover.  By the time of graduation, I ended up with halves of two picture different books, one of which was titled What’s Up? .

Fast forward to summer of 2013, I decided to revisit What’s Up? and complete what I had started.  And so I spent the next few months working on the new illustrations and updating the old artwork for consistency.  I finally finished the artwork by Fall and had the the book self published through IngramSpark (basically a more author friendly version of Lightning Source).  

After selling the first few copies at MICA Art Market and locally, I’m happy to announce that the title is finally available for purchase on Amazon!  So if you like what you see below, you can purchase a copy HERE.

Synopsis:

When Charlie asks Trina, “what’s up?” 
She takes it quite literally.
She leads him on a wild chase describing everything she sees above her!
Will Charlie get her to understand? (Or will things go completely out of hand)
Ascend through 26 colorful pages with Trina and Charlie
And see “what’s up” for yourself.

Not only is What’s Up? extremely fun to read out loud, it is also an activity book!  Children of all ages will have blast searching through the detailed illustrations to find everything described in the poem.  As a bonus challenge, they can help Mr. Pigeon find all of his friends on the last page.  Good luck finding them all!

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Get your copy of What’s Up? on Amazon now!


Dec 11
Want to own some of my work? Stop by MICA art market anytime between today and the 14th and look for my display! #jacobthompson #illustration #artmarket #childrensbooks

Want to own some of my work? Stop by MICA art market anytime between today and the 14th and look for my display! #jacobthompson #illustration #artmarket #childrensbooks


Dec 4
First copies of my picture book, “What’s Up?” arrived today!  Stop by Maryland Institute College of Art’s annual winter art market (December 11th-14th) and be the first to own it! #jacobthompson #illustration #childrensbooks #whatsup? #christmasshopping

First copies of my picture book, “What’s Up?” arrived today! Stop by Maryland Institute College of Art’s annual winter art market (December 11th-14th) and be the first to own it! #jacobthompson #illustration #childrensbooks #whatsup? #christmasshopping


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