Tom Wilson - Illustrator in Tokyo

Tom Wilson

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

I'm a freelance graphic designer and illustrator with a career history in print and publishing. A typical creative process, for me, involves illustration and layout along with any combination of 3D visualization, infographics, logo design, typography and occasionally more traditional mediums.

I'm currently in the process of transitioning my existing skills to web design and front end development, with HTML, CSS, Bootstrap and Wordpress for now... never stop learning, right?

I've been based here in Tokyo since 2007 and even though there's a few favourite spots I go back to again and again, I still enjoy cycling without any set destination, getting lost and discovering new parts of the city... always helps having GPS to get home though!

My Creations

  1. Sneakers

    26 January 2017

    Onitsuka Tigers... nice to have the brushes out again

  2. Tradtional Japanese slippers

    20 December 2017

    Part of a series of uniquely Japanese items, for a collection. Watercolour on good, heavy-duty 190gsm paper.

  3. Jika-tabi boots

    27 December 2017

    Jika-tabi, more made-in-Japan goodness

  4. Jamoke

    30 November 2016
    Jamoke

    Joe, mud, kaffa... worm dirt

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  5. One of several watercolours in a recent bid for organic vegetable packaging project

  6. One of several watercolours in a recent bid for organic vegetable packaging project

  7. One of several watercolours in a recent bid for organic vegetable packaging project

  8. Japanese Macaque

    8 September 2016
    Japanese Macaque

    Illustration recently commissioned for Kyoto University

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  9. Year of the Rooster

    10 December 2016

    One for the Chinese New Year

  10. Vintage 45s

    11 September 2017

    Digger's delights...

  11. PataPata

    30 October 2017

    One more rendition from a recent haul of vintage vinyl

  12. Another Digger's Delight

    30 October 2017

    One more rendition from a recent haul of vintage vinyl

  13. One more rendition from a recent haul of vintage vinyl

  14. Olive Oil

    3 August 2017

    More dabbling with food-related imagery in Procreate, on the iPad Pro... endless options can sometimes be more challenging than too few, especially knowing when to stop.

  15. Local flavours

    8 December 2017

    Umeshu cup! Another dive into procreate

  16. Bukowski quote

    15 June 2017

    Another favourite... "Great art is horseshit, buy tacos" :D

  17. Fake news at its best/worst!

  18. Matsuri

    5 February 2016

    Book cover illustration project

  19. Hunter S Thompson

    23 August 2016

    Caricature for a series

  20. More cowbell!

    26 April 2017
    More cowbell!

    Set of icons for a new audio app drum and percussion interface, in on/off states

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  21. Aoshima

    25 October 2016

    I'm fascinated by all these tetrapods protecting large stretches of the Japanese coastline, and the way their brutalist geometry and stunted branches contrast with some of the country's more iconic natural landscapes.
    Oil on board.