Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

An initial career in fashion photography soon evolved. Inspired by the models she photographed Thompson began to capture her subjects as ephemeral illustrations that were published by major publications leading to a loyal following of fans. As her work became in demand she found herself working full time as a freelance artist, being invited as a guest speaker at popular creative events, working as a brand ambassador and collaborating with fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. As her popularity grew so did her practice finding Thompson today in demand not only her illustration, but her broad creative abilities and creative direction.

Thompsons’ work is described as delicate and feminine yet confident and she is a popular choice with clients wanting something hand drawn and special

You can download Kelly’s portfolio here.

Paperboy Magazine Cover
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Paperboy Magazine Cover

It’s not often an artist is asked to create a self-portrait for a cover, but that is exactly what Paperboy Magazine wanted to see from Kelly for their August 10th edition.

Kelly's Clients Include

Escada Paris, M.A.C Cosmetics, Covergirl Cosmetics, Maybelline NY, SHOP magazine, The Australian Ballet, The NZ Opera, Melbourne Racing, Gary Pepper Girl, Nike, Bloomberg, Formula E Racing, The London Sunday Times, Little White Lies Magazine.

Libra I am Fearless

Kelly worked alongside Andrew Archer for the Libra I am Fearless TVC Campaign featuring Megan Washington.

Christmas Wreaths - Castle Towers Mall
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Christmas Wreaths - Castle Towers Mall

Christmas looked pretty beautiful at Castle Towers after Kelly was commissioned by Cyclone Agency to create a series of four festive wreaths for use across social media, online and to be hung as beautiful banners in the mall.

Darkness of Noon
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Darkness of Noon

Darkness of Noon is a collaboration between photographer Derek Henderson and Kelly Thompson. Darkness of Noon launched in 2013, in conjunction with the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and can be purchased here

Romain Arrigoni - Directeur Artistique Grey Paris said this about working with Kelly

I had the chance to work with Kelly in 2012 for the global launch of an Escada fragrance called Born in Paradise.

In the beginning Kelly was one of nine candidates on the pitch for the illustrations to be used on the packaging and the advertising campaign. Thanks to her motivation and her talent Kelly became an obvious choice, not only for our agency but also for the brand.

Beyond her undeniable talent, what I appreciated most was Kelly’s accessibility. No matter when we asked her to rework she was always available and worked very fast. All the agency’s staff and the client were very happy with the artworks that Kelly provided us. It was a very pleasant experience !

If one day I have another subject or client that requires illustration I’ll recommend Kelly without hesitation. I really would like to work with her one more time!

Born in Paradise
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Born in Paradise

After successfully pitching against 9 others Kelly was offered the pleasure of working with Grey Paris for Escada. The illustration appeared as printed campaign imagery, P.O.S, merchandise (including cocktail shakers, yus), and various packaging outputs.

David Topchian - Founding Director The Doctor's Studio thought it would be nice to tell you this -

By chance, Kelly was recommended as a potential artist for a new cosmetic medical clinic I was planning (The Doctor’s Studio). Our concept was very visual and based around art. Kelly was great - bright, knowledgeable, talented, and fun to work with! Her illustrations were amazing - but more than that: she advised us on everything from branding to interior design to artist selection to website, and even did the art direction for our photo shoot. She’s just all-round brilliant!

Carey Mulligan
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Carey Mulligan

A portrait of Carey Mulligan as part of “What a Love About Movies” a book by Little White Lies London.

Girls Girls Girls
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Girls Girls Girls

Girls Kelly knows and some she made up just for the fun of it