portrait of illustrator and painter, Thomas Blackshear

Thomas Blackshear

Iconic Illustrator & Painter

Thomas graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1977. During his time working for Hallmark Card Company in Kansas City for one year, he befriended industry legend and Kansas City local, Mark English. Thomas apprenticed with Mark for a number of months during his time in Kansas City.

In 1982, Thomas started freelancing in illustration, a career he continues to this day. He has established a worldwide reputation, known for his exceptional application of lighting, mood, and style. His work has spanned countless industries, including but not limited to advertising, books, calendars, collectors’ plates, greeting cards, stamps, and national posters. His clients include some of the biggest entities in the commercial industry such as, Disney, Goerge Lucas Studios, Universal, US Postal service, National Geographic, and countless others.

His accomplishments have been acknowledged with countless awards from organizations such as the Society of illustrators, Kansas City Art Directors Club, Illustrators West Show, San Francisco Society of Illustrators, Plate of the Year Achievement Award.

Simply put, Thomas is the gold standard when it comes to visual storytelling. You can learn more about his many accomplishments and his extensive career here >>

Instructing:

ILLUSTRATION PROGRAM GUEST SPEAKER