Today I was happy to “meet” on Behance an artist that does amazing things in pencil. Clay Thompson is a Canadian artist, born in Banff, Alberta. I contacted him to find out more about his works, technique and passions and of course, as you know me, I could not resist to ask about my favorite illustration: the Pencil Sketch of a Male Fox. And here is how he describes himself:
I moved to England when I was 8 in 1979. I come from a large Irish family all of which emigrated to Canada in the 60’s. I love pencil because it’s so honest, you can’t hide and yet it’s such an expressive media. I particularly like wildlife and animals with lots of texture and character. I’m a self taught artist and I’ve been drawing since I was a very small child. I have two passions in life – guitar (blues) and art and I try and do both everyday.
All of the drawings on this site are done on my journey to work everyday, I commute two hours each way and draw on the train. I’m a creative director at a UX consultancy group called RMA Consulting designing applications. I started in the industry as an illustrator about 25 years ago working for Mars Confectionary illustrating all their products (airbrush illustration) water colour, gouache, maker pens etc…I’ve been lucky as all I ever wanted to be was an illustrator. I can draw in almost any style and in any media although my own style is as you see it in my sketches. I love water colour and I spent many years painting, I don’t do any anymore. I’ve been fortunate to work in some of the world best creative agencies over the years. I’m as much in love with drawing as I ever was and luckily artist only seem to get better with age.