Tom Whalen is an American Illustrator and Designer. You may already recognise his work from Mondo or Gallery 1988. Whalen’s gamut does not start nor end there, having worked with an incredible array of Clients.
Fuelled from a young age by a love of comic artist Todd McFarlane, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby. Whalen took that passion to University with him, where after being introduced to the graphic design acumen of Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Jan Tschichold, he found his voice. Ever since, he consciously implements both illustration and graphic design elements equally. Wielding one harmonious and cohesive visual language.
In addition to the interplay of typography and illustration, and his limited colour palettes, possibly the most notable aspect of Whalen’s work is his use of rigid geometric shapes. Rarely using just one background scene, if any, he experiments with the interaction characters and objects. Seamlessly merging one part into another to form layered, intricate, and compelling compositions.
These elements and more have given Whalen a enduring career, nearing 20 years, and granted him the chance to work on exciting projects for Disney, Lucasfilm, Paramount, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, The Misfits and The Beatles.