Thomas Wolfe

Thomas Wolfe – Designer

Unique commercial illustration with a focus on humour. Experienced illustrator working in education, publishing and editorial sectors.

Overview

I'm a freelance, commercial illustrator with a flair for visual communication and a passion for education.
After graduating from Falmouth I set up my illustration studio on the Gower in South Wales.​
I enjoy working as an illustrator on editorial, promotional, advertising, branding and publishing commissions.​ My innovative illustrations are bold, distinctive, wildly expressive and feature stylised characters. I'm inspired by ink wash illustration and traditional techniques as well as modern digital practices. I love creating colourful visual work for children and working with clients on authorial work for charitable causes.

I'm at home working in inks, gouache, watercolours and colouring pencils to create illustrations that are fun, fluid and expressive. My work is particularly suited to middle-grade fiction & fantasy, humorous children's fiction children's non-fiction.

In 2019/20 I worked with Crohn's & Colitis UK on an interactive children's resource to be given to young children and their families. The project was a huge success and continues to help children living with the diseases today. In 2022, the video won The People's Choice Award at The Charity Film Awards in London.​

As someone who lives with Crohn's disease myself, this was a project particularly close to my heart.

As a qualified lecturer in further education, working in an education setting comes natural to me. Making instructional videos for projects using Premier Pro is something I particularly enjoy and uses my qualifications & experience in Technical Authoring.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
Languages
English
Awards
  • Charity Film Awards: People's Choice Award
  • World Illustration Awards: Longlisted in Children's Books Category
Certifications
  • Adobe Certified Professional Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Professional Illustrator
  • Adobe Certified Professional InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Professional Visual Design
  • Masters in Illustration

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2020 — Jun, 2020 (about 1 month)

Full room mural commission in Pebbles Day Nursery, Swansea.
Designed and painted a full space as an 'Enchanted Forest' story-telling space; complete with book-mining magic gnomes!

Self-employed

Oct, 2019 — Mar, 2020 (5 months)

Crohn’s & Colitis UK Charity – Authored and illustrated a full-length children’s picture book to support young audience understanding of the medical complexities of both Crohn’s and Colitis called Meet The Crohn’s and Colitis Cats; managed complete project lifecycle and collaborated with charity design teams, resources and publications to ensure alignment with brand protocols; worked with Buff Motion to create and launch an animated version of the book.
Crohn’s & Colitis UK Charity – Created a tutorial video for the charity and managed all elements of the project including initial scope and content story board, design and graphic layouts and video editing; assigned as technical author and created high quality content targeted at both medical and non-medical audiences.

Self-employed

Sep, 2019 — Present

Working on a freelance basis providing a range of creative services directly to clients.
• Developing excellent client relationships and using adaptive communication and active listening skills to gain a complete understanding of client requirements and project scopes.
• Showing a comprehensive understanding of the creative landscape and taking ownership of complete project lifecycles from initial client engagement through to final presentation and delivery.
• Collating and presenting multi-faceted proposals including costings and timeframes that exceed client expectations.
• Demonstrating diverse illustration and design techniques including drawing, painting, sketching and character design and leveraging available technology and software to deliver digital and video design content.
• Utilising outstanding written communication skills to develop and author engaging and informative stories and content ranging from children’s illustrated books through to technical authoring for medical tutorials.
• Monitoring and researching technical advancements and design trends to maintain alignment with market expectations.

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