This is my first website, which means that this is my first personal biography. So, for starters let me just say hello to all of you out there who have actually taken the time to come to this part of the website, and have not skipped it and gone straight to the gallery (something I know that I am guilty of when browsing other sites).

My name is Erik Thompson. I was born in Burlingame, California in 1972. For those teenagers out there who are reading this, yes, that does make me old in your books. For anyone who is not a teenager or younger, just back off!!

I am what most people would call a military brat. This simply means that my father was a member of the United States Coast Guard. In fact he was in the USCG for around thirty years. His specialty was emergency medical and air rescue (Which to us mere civilians means that he spent thirty years of his life jumping out of perfectly good helicopters and ships and getting himself into all sorts of trouble). The downside to this kind of life is that my brother and I spent most of our childhood moving from city to city, state to state. The upside to this kind of life is that I had plenty of time to draw and sketch, and that my father would tell us of his adventures. This really inspired (some people could say warped) my imagination.

I’ve always loved to draw, but I really didn’t take art all that seriously until I was in junior high. That was also about the time I fell in love with the form of entertainment called comic books. It was the artists and cartoonists who worked in that field that inspired me to take my love of drawing much more seriously.

After I graduated from high school in Warrenton, Oregon, my family moved to Back to Seattle, Washington, the city where my mother was born and raised. I attended North Seattle Community College, where I received my Associates of Fine Arts Degree. From there, I attended the Art Institute of Seattle, where I received my Associates Degree in Visual Communications.

After leaving AIS, I found work at a place called Humongous Entertainment, where I worked on cleaning and painting the animations cells for children computer games. Around 1999, I moved to Spokane, Washington to help my family to move into their new home. It was only supposed to be temporary, but due to some family issues, I left the art field for several years, only doing some small freelance work here and there. In 2004, I decided to try and return to my first love, comic books. I went to conventions and showed my work around, and was able to find some work here and there. Currently, I am working for Microbrew Studios. Their book, Steve Lawlis: Frankenstein’s Monkey will be out this spring, and will feature the artwork of yours truly.

Now for the website. It basically contains my artwork, from sketches to finished colored works. It also contains characters of my own creation, and I am hoping to eventually post stories for those characters for your entertainment. So please, enjoy yourselves.

-Erik Thompson

PS: Now, after having written one of these Bios, I can see why most people skip them. I am rereading what I have written to check for errors, and I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the art, I could possibly be one of the most boring people I know! Oh well, as I said before, enjoy!

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