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Tom Bonson

Tom Bonson - Children’s Book Illustrator. UK

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.
Tom Bonson's SCRAPBOOK
Tom Bonson's SCRAPBOOK
Interview with an Illustrator!
Tom Bonson's SCRAPBOOK
The Pixie Spice Adventures
The Pixie Spice Adventures
Tom Bonson completes a Rome based picture book for a new series called The Pixie Spice Adventures.
The Pixie Spice Adventures
Love Sick
Love Sick
Tom Bonson designs a poster for a speed-dating event.
Love Sick
Trevor the Troll trailer
Trevor the Troll trailer
Tom Bonson and friends release the trailer for Trevor the Troll a charming animated story about the importance of being yourself.
Trevor the Troll trailer
Picture Books
Picture Books
Tom Bonson has worked on many magical picture books for children, here is a glimpse of some of his favourites
Picture Books
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