Matador Review

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Tom Mead

The Wildwoods of Harris Hensler

(pen, ink and marker on paper)

Indie Game Concept

(concept art for upcoming game 'Silt')

Spiral King

(ink on paper)

Tom Mead is a pen and ink artist who primarily works to depict strange figurative characters. He uses these characters as a means to illustrate his perceptions about the world around him. Mead tends to focus on isolation, horror and a subversion of classic folk tale iconographies. His main influences are Edward Gorey, Remi Wyart, Laurie Lipton and the Pop Surrealist movement as a whole.

Mead worked for Revolution Games as a Layout Designer and illustrated a children's book titled "The Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods" with Workman Publishing in New York. He was invited to participate in "Saptan Stories," a narrative illustration project run by Aardman Animation and the British Council of India.

Currently, Mead is on a residency in Sweden, art directing a computer game on the Stugan accelerator program. It will be a dark and surreal underwater adventure game in his style, and hopefully a demo will be released soon. Check out the project here. See more of Mead's work here, and sign up for his mailing list.