THOMASON DESIGN
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Illustration

I'm not very good at drawing. That's a funny way to lead a gallery of my illustrations, but it's true. I'm terrible at it. Thankfully, somebody invented computers and those computers allow a designer like me to still create illustrations using digital methods. I love trying to find ways to simplify complicated images into icons or line drawings. It's one of my favorite things I get to do in my job as a designer.


KANSAS CITY ICONS

My wife's younger sister asked me to design a Kansas City themed print for her for Christmas, and I jumped at the chance to create a set of Kansas City themed became the basis of the poster below.

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WASHINGTON MONUMENTS

In order to promote a medical conference in Washington D.C., I created a illustrations of each of the major monuments in the city. It was a challenge to try and replicate each building with all it's detail in a similar style, and I used the little flag as a consistent piece to identify the conference brand within each illustration. 


CHRISTMAS ICONS

For a Christmas series at Liberty Christian Fellowship, I created icons for the character we were discussing each week of the series. King Jesus, Baby Jesus, The Shepherds, Herod, and The Magi. These were used in various applications to promote each week of the series.


SKOGAFOSS (ICELAND)

My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon in Iceland, and loved each and every waterfall we got to see. This one is Skogafoss, our favorite in Iceland. I created this one as a morning warmup exercise.


"AUTHOR THE NEXT CHAPTER" ICONS

To add some detail for a brochure for a library in Kansas, I built a set of icons for each section of the book. I based all the imagery on an open book, and then modified each one to add some interest to a brochure seeking to raise money for a building remodel.


SAN DIEGO IMAGERY

For a conference in San Diego, I needed an opening scene for an animation video I was working on. I spent hours examining the San Diego skyline, trying to get the style of the buildings right. In addition to the skyline image, I created icons for the major San Diego landmarks, as well as some battleships and container ships to represent San Diego's iconic coastal presence. 


BIG BEN

For a conference taking place in London, I built this illustration of Big Ben to serve as the anchor of the logo. This one went through a number of iterations from sketch to final vector and it was a great learning experience for how to create the lines of major landmarks.


LOCAL MASCOTS

As a personal exercise, I created the three major college mascots in geometric animal form.


HEALTH AND BODY ICONS

I created these icons for Great Plains Laboratory to use in various applications and videos to support the lab.


DOCTOR WEBSITE ICONS

Dr. William Shaw, the head of the medical lab I worked for at the time, needed a personal website that would accompany speaker proposals he would send out. I created these icons as a simple way of representing some of his work on the website.


GEOMETRIC ANIMAL FARM

For a month I challenged myself to make a geometric animal every day. I didn't quite make every day, but I did make 21! This was a great exercise for me and one of my first forays into stretching my illustration skills.