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About Neil

Neil Thomson Freelance Illustrator and caricaturist

Neil originally started in product design but got more into drawing the products than designing them!

After a period down south in manufacturing industry and product design consultancy, Neil was encouraged by the PYSBT to

move away from the technical side and go freelance in order to develop his graphic art, illustration, cartoon and caricature art

skills. This has led to an interesting and exciting journey which has allowed him to develop his own style working as an

illustrator, designer and caricaturist for a range of organisations large and small.


Change management, internal communication, Strategic vision and Promotional Campaigns.



Visitor maps improve the visitor experience and help to promote the venue in an attractive, friendly manner.



Company identity, literature, branding, packaging, exhibition and web design covering domain registration,

hosting, content management, search engine optimisation and mobile compatibility.


Influences include the art featuring in comics such as 2000AD by artists such as Simon Bisley, record cover art

including the futuristic concept art of Stanley Matthews, Roger Dean and Chris Foss and closer to home the

inspirational caricature art of Malky McCormack. 

Clients include British Petroleum, Halifax IF Bank, Tunnocks, Tennents, HistoricScotland, Alloway 1759 Festival,

Glenmorangie Whisky, The Scottish Maritime Museum, Scottish Brewers, Ayrshire Tourism, Trades House Glasgow,

Scottish Power,Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scottish Consumer Council and AMG Group (Vango). 

Neil uses propelling pencils, fibre tips, coloured pencils,acrylics, chalk and pantone/magic markers.

He still draws by hand but increasingly the drawings tend to be scanned and coloured on his mac using a wacom tablet.

For live caricature events he uses the Pentel Sign Pen and the humble Berol fine and broad pens.


Neil offers a personal service where the client deals direct with the designer and his freelance status offers cost benefits

without the overheads of a larger office based company. 


Neil also have a track record working as a freelance designer and illustrator for a range of design, advertising and marketing consultants.

This experience has proved invaluable to agencies who require an experienced, creative individual with the ability to take on a brief at short

notice. Neil is brought in, often at very short notice! to cover holidays, staff absence, heavy workload and to provide a source of fresh

creative idea's. No full time overheads, just hire him when you need him!

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