Bill Thomson has created artwork for advertising, book, and editorial clients across the United States. Bill’s recent work has focused primarily on children’s books, illustrating Karate Hour, Building With Dad, Baseball Hour, Chalk and Soccer Hour for Cavendish Children's Books.
Bill's artwork has received numerous awards and recognition in the country’s most prestigious juried illustration competitions, including those sponsored by the Society of Illustrators (NY), the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Step Inside Design and Three By Three. Bill has also received Gold and Silver Awards from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators and the Connecticut Art Director’s Club, and his work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in New York and across the country.
Bill was the winner of 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator and was also a finalist for the award in 2005 and 2007. His books have received accolades from the National Parenting Publications (Gold Award), the International Reading Association (Children’s Book Award Notable), the American Library Association (Booklist Editor’s Choice), and been nominated for state book awards in Washington, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Indiana.
Bill is an Associate Professor of Illustration at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford where he received the Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2004. He also serves as thesis advisor in the Limited Residency MFA in Illustration program. Bill lives and works in Southington, Connecticut with his wife, Diann, and their three sons, Billy, Nik, and Ethan.