Tom Froese is an award winning illustrator, teacher, and speaker. He is passionate about making work that makes people happy. He is unabashedly, wholeheartedly influenced by the art and illustration of the mid 20th century. It’s no wonder, then, that in his work you will experience a flurry of joyful colours, spontaneous textures, and quirky shapes reminiscent of the era.
Working independently since 2013, Tom has worked for brands and businesses all over the world. Esteemed clients include Yahoo!, Capital One, GQ France, and Abrams Publishing. He enjoys pouring himself into highly creative projects of all kinds, from maps to murals, and everything in between.
Tom is also passionate about inspiring fellow creatives to become better at what they do. He is a Top Teacher on Skillshare (an actual designation), where tens of thousands of students have learned his unique approaches to illustration. In 2019, he became a regular columnist on Illustration Age, where, in addition to his weekly YouTube channel, he offers insights and inspiration about illustration to those who have ears to hear.
Tom graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a B.Des (honours) in 2009.
Tom works from his home studio in the small village of Yarrow, about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver. He is married to Amanda Froese, and they have two beautiful daughters — and a funny cat named Blueberry.
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
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
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