Jess Thomad

My visual practice primarily concerns the creation of imaginative “worlds”, through the construction of fantastical locations and strange characters. My process is deeply rooted in the designing of such content, exploring how to best portray the general character and histories of these universes and those that inhabit them through image, often attempting to convey part of a story through a small moment captured in a singular or few sequential images.

I achieve this commonly through a style and outcome that is conventionally illustrative. The creation of images, along with storytelling, are among our oldest methods of communication, and are immensely far-reaching in their capacity to be understood and embraced across age and culture.

I primarily work with digital media, often programs such as Paint Tool Sai, in order to “paint” digitally. I describe my style overall as “painterly”, as I wish to achieve a textural quality similar to that of thick paint and/or watercolour through digital mediums.

Town Stop (Digital, Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop 841 x 1190 px)

The Long Way There (Digital, Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop 1190x 841 px) 

Spider’s Croon (Digital, Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop 1190x 841 px)

The Bird King (Digital, Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop 1190x 841 px)

The Ghostly Book Thief (Digital, Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop 1190x 841 px)

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