Thomas

Burden

My name is Thomas Burden. I am a 3D illustrator. I love being able to bring my imagination to life … or at least make it wave to me from a computer screen. My work is all about reconstructing the memories of all the toys that I was never allowed as a child.

I make 3D illustrations and the occasional animation. I think of myself as part artist, part tradesman, who was put on this planet to make money from indulging my personal creative whims … and then blow all that money on travelling. While I’m not doing client work, you can probably find me booking flights to somewhere exotic.

When I was 14, I hitchhiked to the middle of nowhere in Zambia to paddle down the Zambezi river on a homemade raft with my father. This, and other similar formative experiences, meant that I was never really going to have a conventional 9-5 job.

I’m a strong advocate for not eating too many pastries. It’s important to me that I don’t eat too many pastries, because they are too delicious.

I grew up and live in Chichester, where I like to imagine living somewhere more dynamic. My studio is currently in my house.

I originally studied Interior Design at Bournemouth University, but soon realised I should’ve selected my university and degree using more criteria than its proximity to a beach. I then studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts. It taught me a solid attitude, but no tangible skills whatsoever. My desk is always fairly tidy. I spend a lot of time reading bios of new bands I’ve discovered on spotify, because I am always chained to my desk, via headphones.

The three things currently inspiring me the most are music, travelling, and my daughter’s smile.

I’m most known for neon type and bright, fun, 3D imagery. It was great to combine the two in this book cover for Harper Collins NYC.

Here’s a recent editorial illustration I created for The Boy Scouts of America. I loved the excuse to re-watch Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and then pay homage to it. Wes Anderson has been my single biggest influence, ever since first seeing The Royal Tenenbaums in my youth.

One of my all-time favourite projects was a series of giant lenticular prints I created for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. These twenty friendly robots were put up in all of the waiting areas of the newly-built wing of the hospital, to offer comfort to the children in what can be quite an unsettling environment. The lenticular printing really brought them to life so they appeared 3D as you walked past them.

One of the most high profile jobs I’ve ever worked on was the Bloomingdale’s Christmas 2016 campaign. I created a whole load of key visuals, as well as an enormous amount of smaller assets for use across their stores, gift bags and boxes, greetings cards, brochures and website. I even created over one hundred animated neon emojis, which were downloadable via the Bloomingdale’s app!

I often get asked if my work is ‘real’ or not. The answer is it’s all digitally made, using Cinema 4D and a little Photoshop.

It’s really important to dedicate time to personal work because that is the only time I get to learn new techniques and evolve my style. Here are a few of my favourites!

Lately in my personal work I’ve been concentrating more on character work and children’s illustration.

If you want to find out even more about me, here is a recent article about my practice featured in Visi.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.