ABOUT JEFFREY THOMPSON

  • I grew up just outside Washington, DC and received my BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I currently reside in a Baltimore rowhouse with a drafting table and a cat. I published my first book, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, for National Geographic in 1999 and have worked relatively steadily since it’s publication as a freelance illustrator in the education market. My work is done on scratchboard before being rendered digitally as vectors. In that work I will often push for an expressionistic feel with the images to create a sense of motion and urgency.  

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I begin with the simplest of sketches knowing that the accidents caused from working with the board will define the illustration much more so than any detailed drawing. The sketch merely suggests the concept and composition whereas the scraping knife will define the finished piece. 

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