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Tom Bonson

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Trolls, owls, surfers and giants too – the picture book characters created by Bristol-based artist Tom Bonson are brimming with life, colour and a bit of light-hearted humour. As well as writing and illustrating children’s stories, Tom has seen his work brought to life in animated apps, and his unique style keeps audiences coming back for more.
With parents who were also illustrators, Tom comes from a creative family that he credits for much of his inspiration. “My mum religiously playing Simon and Garfunkel when driving to the zoo, my dad who would regale me with bite-size versions of Dickens novels,” he explains. They also taught him how to see detail and the bigger picture, something that’s always manifest in his children’s book illustrations. After two years of Fine Art at Norfolk College, Tom completed an Illustration degree at Lincoln University.

Approach

Beginning with a rough composition in Photoshop, Tom traces the image onto paper and then renders it fully in pencils. The pencil drawing is scanned back into Photoshop where all the colour is added.

Styles

Tom loves creating worlds that viewers can get lost in, with colourful characters and little hints of detail that draw you in. Humour – usually ridiculous and jolly – plays an important role in his style as well.

Client list

Tom has been commissioned by clients including Pearson, Oxford University Press, the Sunday Times, National Wildlife Federation, Barrington Stokes, Accord Publishing, Dinardo Design and Glottogon.
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An illustration Of Monster Father
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Character Design Of Pirate
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Troll Den Drawing By Tom Bonson
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Pencil Drawing of Trevor the Troll
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Monster Crowd Illustration By Tom Bonson
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Lost In The Woods Picture Book
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Trevor The Troll Picture Book Illustration
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Picture Book Illustration Of Trevor The Troll
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Water Color Drawing Of Hippo and Birds
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Water Color Drawing of Gina Giraffe and Bugs
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Pet Dinosaur and Girl with Bonfire
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Children Playing in Super Den
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An Illustration of New Door Magic Forest
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Portrait Of Star Boy
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Pencil Drawing of Unhappy Dog
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Digital Art of City with Pollution and Smell
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Illustration Of Bad Santa and the Boy
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An Illustration For The Bristol Giants
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Illustration of Goram and Ghyston Bristol Giants
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Character Design Of Scruffy Twins
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An Illustration Of Car Breakdowns At Desert
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An Illustration Of Bristol Traffic
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