the Art and Ramblings of Jacob Thompson
"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.
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!
Get your copy of What’s Up? on Amazon now!
George Washington: President of All Humans
I just finished this comic for the next Time Travel Anthology (to be sold at Atomic Comics). This is the anthology’s second year, and my first time contributing. Is George Washington: President of All Humans, really a time traveling former president? Or a wig wearing cat with aspirations to rid the world of the canine species? You decide…
Cartoon Short Pitch!
So a few weeks back, my friend Brandon (see his work at… http://bwallzdraws.tumblr.com) informed me that Nickelodeon was accepting short cartoon pitches for a new program they’re developing. So, I wrote a grand proposal involving Bigfoots throwing teenagers at spaceships and Little Girls with mohawks! After spending several days perfecting the script and sketching, I suddenly remembered the pitch was to only be 2 minutes long and involve only 1 setting. Mine would need an entire classroom of kids plus four aliens, one big hairy ape man, and two annoying teenagers. Also, the action would have required at least three environment changes. Soooo, I was back to square one.
I went to plan “B” and looked at some of my old homework assignments from my MICA sequential arts class. I decided to take the concept of one of my old comics entitled, “The Picnic” and expand upon it. The comic was based on real life childhood events at a family reunion. That day started with me wanting to ride in my cousin’s jeep toy and ended with me getting attacked by a nest of yellow jackets and throwing up all over the place. Not a fun day, but who doesn’t love a good story of pain and misery!
So I ended up with this, “Todd and the Plastic Jeep”. Check out a few of the story board pages below as well as some character design work. My chances of actually getting a cartoon short on Nickelodeon are pretty slim, but at least I have some new work! Always a good thing.
Be sure to check out the whole storyboard at jacobdraws.com
Rejected Star Wars T-Shirt Designs, Pt.1
Hello everyone! Its time for my first update of 2013.
I few weeks back I entered in a Star Wars themed T-shirt design contest with welovefine.com. I ended up submitting 3 designs that I was pretty proud of. Unfortunately, my ideas were a little too “out there” for Lucasfilm, and ended up being rejected before the contest even started. While it sucks I couldn’t be part of the competition (and possibly win cash and a Cintiq) at least I now have some cool Star Wars fan art! Check out my first design below…