Tom Froese is an award winning illustrator, teacher, and speaker. He loves making images that make people happy. In his work, you will experience a flurry of joyful colours, spontaneous textures, and quirky shapes. Freelancing since 2013, Tom has worked for brands and businesses all over the world. Esteemed clients include Yahoo!, Airbnb, GQ France, and Abrams Publishing. He is currently taking on highly creative projects of all kinds, including maps, murals, picture books, packaging, editorial, and advertising. Tom graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a B.Des (honours) in 2009.
Teacher and Speaker
As a teacher, Tom loves to inspire fellow creatives to become better at what they do. He is a Top Teacher on Skillshare, where tens of thousands of students have learned his unique approaches to illustration. As a speaker, Tom is a passionate voice in the creative industry, aiming to inspire and equip the next generation of commercial artists. Tom has been invited deliver workshops and lectures across the US and Canada, including ICON 10 in Detroit and Skillshare HQ in New York. As a writer, Tom has his own column, Wednesday Wisdom, on Illustration Age. Additionally, Tom has an entire YouTube channel dedicated to inspiring and informing folks interested in the creative industry.
Husband, Papa, and Runner
Tom works from his home studio in the small village of Yarrow, about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver. He lives with his wife, Amanda Froese, and two kids — and a funny cat named Blueberry. In his spare time, Tom loves to get outside and run.
Tom is represented in the UK/Europe by Making Pictures and in the US by Dot Array.
Select Honours & Awards
Communication Arts Illustration Annual 60, BC Beer Awards, 3x3 Professional Show Annual No. 14, Communication Arts Illustration Annual 58, 2016 World Illustration Awards (Shortlist), Communication Arts Design Annual 55, Communication Arts Design Annual 54
Airbnb, Yahoo!, Capital One, Monocle, GQ France, Wired UK, Harvard Business Review, The Walrus, Kit & Ace, Reader's Digest, Abrams Appleseed, Laurence King Publishing, Condé Nast, Chipotle Mexican Grill, BC Liquor Stores, White Spot, The Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights, The Laughing Cow, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Penguin Random House, Publix, McDonald's, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Polaris Music Prize, Esquire UK
Speaking and Workshops
2019 - Skillshare, New York, NY
2018 - ICON 10, Detroit, MI
2017 - Type Brigade 38, Vancouver, BC
2016 - ICON 9, Austin, TX
2016 - Adobe Creative Jam, Vancouver, BC
We have a sense of humour about our jobs. — Steven Pressfield