Kelly Thompson

Illustrator, Account Manager/Producer, Creative Consultant

Design & Creative

Education 2001-2004(Massey University Wellington NZ)2000-2001(Otago Polytechnic Dunedin NZ)
Employer Kelly Thompson Illustration
Location Melbourne Australia
Website

Kelly Thompson is a New Zealander currently living in Melbourne, Australia. She is one of New Zealand’s most internationally recognised illustrators and creative directors, and has gained a reputation as a popular public speaker, educator and fashion enthusiast. Her talents have found her working for a variety of well known clients and brands around the world, with press naming Thompson NZ’s “It” girl - she is one to watch and constantly evolving.

In recent years clients have placed much value on the Thompson brand which has lead to ambassadorship roles for the likes of Nintendo who chose Kelly not only for her art, but for her ability to speak publicly and reach a creative audience. This brand value has translated in to work as a creative consultant for businesses and individuals who admire Thompson’s direction, taste level and ability to appeal to a broad audience on various levels. She is intelligent, multifaceted and full of ideas.

Thompson previously worked as an account manager and producer at The Jacky Winter Group, Australia's top talent agency. There she co-managed the work of over 100 artists, from promotion, client communication, budget, licensing and project management.

Clients include Gary Pepper Girl, Escada Paris, Penguin Books, Covergirl, Nike, Mimco, and The Sunday Times (London). Thompson is regularly invited as a guest speaker at events and universities, and has spoken at Fashion Palette Sydney, the Semi-Permanent conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand, along with hosting Masterclasses for Nintendo and Maybelline NY. In 2013 Kelly released her first book Darkness of Noon in collaboration with photographer Derek Henderson. During 2014 Kelly spoke on the Curvy Creative Panel as part of the Semi Permanent Sydney Conference and co-curated the Curvy book.

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Skills

  • Account Management
  • Account Manager
  • Advertising
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Drawing
  • Editorial
  • Editorial Fashion
  • Fashion
  • Illustrator
  • iWork Keynote
  • Photoshop
  • Portrait
  • Presenting
  • Project Management
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Portfolio

Stella McCartney Swallow Bomber

Stella McCartney Swallow Bomber | Illustration

24
0
Marc Jacobs x Zana Bayne Pasties

Marc Jacobs x Zana Bayne Pasties | Illustration

22
2
Balenciaga Coat

Balenciaga Coat | Illustration

20
0
Gary Pepper Girl Collaboration Melbourne Cup

Gary Pepper Girl Collaboration Melbourne Cup | Illustration

83
5
Fashion Illustrations Four Seasons Recruitment London

Fashion Illustrations Four Seasons Recruitment London | Illustration

34
1
Karen Walker Celebration

Karen Walker Celebration | Illustration

14
1
ESCADA Born in Paradise

ESCADA Born in Paradise | Illustration

101
4
Urban Walkabout Fitzroy in Green

Urban Walkabout Fitzroy in Green | Illustration

57
5
Mrs Mills for London Sunday Times - Sept

Mrs Mills for London Sunday Times - Sept | Illustration

10
1
Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan | Illustration

13
1
Urban Walkabout Cover Richmond 2

Urban Walkabout Cover Richmond 2 | Illustration

14
2
Kate Sylvester at New Zealand Fashion Week 2014

Kate Sylvester at New Zealand Fashion Week 2014 | Journalism

15
0
THPRKS New Zealand Fashion Week 2014 with MAC Cosmetics

THPRKS New Zealand Fashion Week 2014 with MAC Cosmetics | Illustration

33
0
Salasai at New Zealand Fashion Week with MAC Cosmetics

Salasai at New Zealand Fashion Week with MAC Cosmetics | Illustration

11
2
New Zealand Fashion Week 2014 Lela Jacobs

New Zealand Fashion Week 2014 Lela Jacobs | Illustration

38
1
Making Faces

Making Faces | Illustration

13
1
Kelly Thompson x Tender Love and Carry

Kelly Thompson x Tender Love and Carry | Illustration

5
1
Many Minds Make Great Ideas

Many Minds Make Great Ideas | Journalism

26
0
Kimbra for REMIX Magazine

Kimbra for REMIX Magazine | Illustration

23
0
NZ Home and Garden Magazine - Poppy

NZ Home and Garden Magazine - Poppy | Illustration

51
6
Urban Walkabout Richmond Cover

Urban Walkabout Richmond Cover | Illustration

31
1
Urban Walkabout Prahan Cover

Urban Walkabout Prahan Cover | Illustration

142
6
Rose for NZ Home and Garden Magazine

Rose for NZ Home and Garden Magazine | Illustration

33
7
Orchid

Orchid | Illustration

36
5
Urban Walkabout Cover - St Kilda

Urban Walkabout Cover - St Kilda | Illustration

49
5
Protea - NZ Your Home and Garden Magazine

Protea - NZ Your Home and Garden Magazine | Illustration

95
5
Who's Hungry?

Who's Hungry? | Illustration

63
4
Camellia - NZ Your Home and Garden Magazine

Camellia - NZ Your Home and Garden Magazine | Illustration

32
1
Urban Walkabout Melbourne Cover

Urban Walkabout Melbourne Cover | Illustration

50
4
REMIX Magazine - Rapture

REMIX Magazine - Rapture | Illustration

38
3
Home Hair Dye Women's Health Magazine NYC

Home Hair Dye Women's Health Magazine NYC | Illustration

20
2
Ellery Violet

Ellery Violet | Illustration

28
3
Track 'n' Field

Track 'n' Field | Photography

59
2
Sketch a Pose _ NEXT Magazine

Sketch a Pose _ NEXT Magazine | Illustration

18
2
Petunia - NZ Home and garden Magazine

Petunia - NZ Home and garden Magazine | Illustration

26
2
London Sunday Times Fashion Special

London Sunday Times Fashion Special | Illustration

74
0
Chaos and Harmony

Chaos and Harmony | Illustration

66
2
Destiny Romance for Penguin Books

Destiny Romance for Penguin Books | Illustration

161
8
Swimmers

Swimmers | Illustration

45
0
Little White Lies Magazine Cover Issue 49

Little White Lies Magazine Cover Issue 49 | Illustration

69
1
Mrs Mills - London Sunday Times

Mrs Mills - London Sunday Times | Illustration

119
2
Sensitive American Boyfriend

Sensitive American Boyfriend | Illustration

57
0
Catalogue Magazine

Catalogue Magazine | Illustration

122
1
Darkness of Noon

Darkness of Noon | Illustration

83
1
TAC Mothers Day Campaign

TAC Mothers Day Campaign | Illustration

59
1
Still Life With Self - Desktop Magazine

Still Life With Self - Desktop Magazine | Illustration

62
0
New Personal works

New Personal works | Illustration

119
2
Rook Brand S/S13 Lookbook illustrations

Rook Brand S/S13 Lookbook illustrations | Illustration

135
2
D-Luxe Beautiful Nomad Campaign

D-Luxe Beautiful Nomad Campaign | Photography

71
2
Covergirl "Get the look"

Covergirl "Get the look" | Illustration

86
1
Kathryn Wilson Shoes "Art of Footwear" Fundraiser

Kathryn Wilson Shoes "Art of Footwear" Fundraiser | Illustration

137
0
Jacky Winter Projects 2011/12

Jacky Winter Projects 2011/12 | Account Management

118
0
Semi Permanent 2011

Semi Permanent 2011 | Publicity

86
0
Books

Books | Illustration

48
0
Yuge SS12-13 Campaign

Yuge SS12-13 Campaign | Photography

32
0
"RAPTURE" as seen in REMIX Magazine Dec 2011

"RAPTURE" as seen in REMIX Magazine Dec 2011 | Photography

133
0
Emily from Giant Models

Emily from Giant Models | Photography

400
0
Whats your Ocean View?

Whats your Ocean View? | Illustration

117
0
Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty | Illustration

150
0
Dear Gladys Stationery

Dear Gladys Stationery | Illustration

94
0
Chick Habit

Chick Habit | Illustration

670
3
Costumes and Crystal Armour

Costumes and Crystal Armour | Illustration

113
0
NZ Opera Campaign 2011

NZ Opera Campaign 2011 | Illustration

173
0
Curvy Poster 2010

Curvy Poster 2010 | Illustration

395
0
DR Jucre advert

DR Jucre advert | Illustration

31
0
Telecom NZ "Light of mine" Commercial

Telecom NZ "Light of mine" Commercial | Illustration

32
0
New Moon

New Moon | Photography

434
2
Diamonds and Rust

Diamonds and Rust | Photography

85
0
MIMCO Destination First Light Campaign

MIMCO Destination First Light Campaign | Illustration

202
1
NZ OPERA

NZ OPERA | Photography

77
0

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Employers

  • Kelly Thompson Illustration
    Freelance Illustrator
    2012 - Present

    Commercial illustrator

  • The Jacky Winter Group
    Account Manager - The Jacky Winter Group
    2011 - 2012

    Account Manager/Producer

Education

  • Massey University Wellington NZ
    Bachelor of Design (hons) Photography major
    2001 - 2004
  • Otago Polytechnic Dunedin NZ
    Bachelor of Fine Arts
    2000 - 2001

Awards and Achievements

  • Curvy Book Feature Artist and Curator


    2014
  • Pride in Print Gold Award Winner


    2014
  • "What I Love About Movies" Book


    2014
  • Semi Permanent Sydney Curvy Panel Host


    2014
  • "Darkness Of Noon"- Book, Pearce Press


    2013
  • "The Purple Book" -Lawrence King Press


    2013
  • Gold Award Winner - Pride In Print Awards


    2013
  • Nintendo Amabasador and Masterclass Host


    2013
  • Semi Permanent Conference Guest Speaker Auckland


    2013
  • Semi Permanent guest speaker Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne


    2011
  • "Hand Made Illustrations" - Book, Monsa Publications


    2011
  • Semi Permanent Conference Guest Speaker Brisbane


    2011
  • Semi Permanent Conference Guest Speaker Melbourne and Sydney


    2011
  • The Loop Portfolio Masterclass Mentor


    2011
  • Guest Speaker at Fashion Palette

    I was invited to speak at a two day fashion conference and talk about my career to date. The talk lasted for 45 minutes and walked through the start of my career, to dealing with clients and work processes to where I am now.


    2010 October
  • "Trendy Fashion Illustrators" Monsa Publications

    I was included In "Trendy Fashion Illustrators" a selection of fashion illustrators worldwide


    2010
  • "The Beautiful" by Gestalten Books

    In 2010 I was featured in "The Beautiful" a collection of the worlds top fashion illustrators


    2010
  • "This Is Fashion Illustration" Monsa Publications


    2010
  • Curvy Book

    I have been featured as a Curvy artist 6 times , as well as being one of their interviewed artists and twice ID creator.


    2009

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