University of Cumbria Illustration Student Jake Thompson

Studying in his final year at the University of Cumbria, Jake Thompson is an Illustrator with a love for pattern, colour and collage.


‘Although my work is mainly illustration, I’d say there’s a big graphic influence involved too: most of what I do is hand drawn and scanned in to Photoshop for manipulating. I use a lot of collage as well, and I really like mixing up my hand drawn images with cut outs from newspapers, magazines or the internet.’

eaten by a fish

‘I recently completed a project called ’25 Ways to Leave Your Lover’ using only cuttings from newspapers and bitmap backgrounds in Photoshop, and I think the weird and wonderful compilations of cuttings help to reinforce how ridiculous some of the ways to leave your lover were.

I’m in my last year of my Illustration degree at the University of Cumbria, where the course size is quite small and all three years in Illustration and Graphics are in the same studio, which is great for sharing ideas and helping each other out without always having to go to the tutors. We learn quickly to be honest with each other about work!’


‘I’m influenced by everything, but mainly magazines, film, and other artists, especially early/mid century designers like The Stenberg Brothers and Alice and Martin Provensen.

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a book cover for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which I’m really enjoying. I’d like to do more book covers, although I’ll still like to play around with other things such as web design, branding and moving image. I try not to focus too much on one aspect of illustration and I like applying my individual style to a range of projects.’

shrink them


HEART OF DARKNESS design juices

Website | @jakethompson199