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Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson

All About Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson is a professional character animator, illustrator and manga/creative artist based in Kent. He has worked in the film, television commercials and games industry for eight years. Andrew has worked on over 10 blockbuster movies including Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Narnia – Prince Caspian, Where The Wild Things Are, The Tales Of Desperaux and Sweeney Todd. Whilst working on these movies, Andrew has worked for award-winning directors including Danny Boyle and Spike Jones. As he animated on the film Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Andrew’s name is on the Harry Potter wall of fame at the Warner Brothers exhibition in Watford.
Andrew Thompson works in a variety of mediums including pen and ink, graphic markers, pencil and 3D computer programmes including Maya and After Effects. He enjoys sketching characters and illustrations and has a particular skill in Manga drawing.
Andrew is an outgoing and friendly professional who quickly builds up a rapport with pupils, igniting their interest through his enthusiasm for art, illustration and animation. He is experienced in presenting to primary aged children and has led drawing master classes with groups of up to 60 pupils.
Andrew has also worked with film producers Sam Fell (Paranorman, The Tale of Despereaux, Flushed Away etc) and Robert Stephenhagen (Monsters Inc., Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Frankenweenie etc.).

Andrew’s School Visits

Andrew is able to run a variety of half day and full day workshops and is happy to tailor his workshops to meet the needs of your pupils. He can lead workshops for pupils of both primary and secondary ages.
During a full day he could do a large presentation followed by 4 x 1 hour workshops, presentation followed by 1 x 90 minute workshop or 2 x 45 minute workshops for a half day. Alternatively he could run a master class with one group for the full or half day – he is more than willing to discuss alternative formats so he can tailor make the visit to the requirements of the school.

Areas he can cover are workshops with primary school children – age 4 upwards. These can be on illustrations, bringing a story to life by learning how to sketch the characters – bringing in everything from the development/creation to the expressions, cartoon style workshops – creating a comic or large wall art or Manga illustrations – including Manga style cartoon strips.

In secondary schools he can cover any of the above plus cartoon style workshops, Manga, simple animation as well as 2D and 3D animation.

Animation Workshop (iPads Needed)
Whole Day

Aims of the day:

1)    To introduce the basics of animation
2)    To create a series of group/individual animations using iPads

Morning Session:

•       Explanation and modelling of the basics of animation
•       Tutorial focused on the use of the app used for the group/individual animations

Afternoon Session:

•       Pupils to work together in groups of 5/individually to come up with an idea for their animations
•       Creation of group/individual animations
•       Sharing of group/individual animations

Reviews and recommendations

‘Andrew Thompson visited Barclay Primary School in Leyton on Thursday 6th March. He was very good; using an assembly starter that enthused and excited the children with lots of visuals and wow factor. The workshops were enjoyed by all pupils who attended.’ Mary Kelly – Barclay Primary School.

‘Just to mention, the cartoon workshop with Andy was absolutely brilliant. So enjoyed by all, the children left very enthused.’ Jason Stainer (Ass. Headteacher) – Colham Manor School

‘The cartoon workshop was brilliant. The children loved it and the other schools were all very impressed too. Big compliments to Andy.’ Keely Adams – Woodville Primary School

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Andrew Thompson, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at