jake thompson

Thursday, 26 January 2012



I've looked at a few artists during the Seeing Double brief, including one who is probably my all time favourite illustrator, Brett Helquist. He illustrated the Lemony Snicket books I grew up reading, but I love the complexity in his cross-hatching, versus the simplicity of some of his images. His B&W works are my favourite, and they've been a big inspiration for this project...

I like the Victoriana feel to his work, and he's incredibly good at capturing atmosphere accurately and subtley. His framing, or lack of, is also one of the big successes of his work for me.


I like the framing in Tom Gauld's work, and this had transferred to my images. His use of like to create atmosphere is also very interesting and his work is very successful considering how simple it can be. It just goes to show, sometimes less is more.


Collette is a photographer who, in a long-running project exploring genetics, photographs two members of a family, and combines their faces cleverly to show how alike members of the same family are. This inspired me to experiment myself with images of me and Ben in photoshop, the result of which ended up being one of my final images. His work is beautiful, and with some of the couple who are of similar ages, you would never guess it was two separate people!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sketchbooks at Caldewgate

 A series of four images produced thinking about the different points of view in a current news story. I chose the sinking of the Costa Concordia..

Thursday, 19 January 2012

What is it like to be a twin?

The honest answer is I haven't got a clue! I don't know if i like it or if i don't. But that's not to say I don't like MY twin. Ben is my best friend and it's really hard being at separate uni's (Ben is at Falmouth).  These are some things that you might find interesting about being a twin:
Ben and I are mirror twins, which means we're identical twins whose egg split at 9-12 days (late for twins and sometimes ends in conjoined twins). This means that although our DNA is basically the same, we have opposite features: Ben is right handed and I am left-handed, my cowlick/coreflick in my hair is on my right, Ben's is on his left < this means our fringes go in opposite directions.
We lost the same teeth at roughly the same time, but on opposite sides of our mouths. Ben, being the oldest, lost his first tooth two weeks before me.
Ben looks like me in the mirror (obviously) although we don't really look that alike in person.
Coming to uni has been the longest amount of time we've ever spent apart - before that the longest was a weekend residential with school.
I'm sure there's some other things but I can't think of them right now, if i do I'll post them! If you've got any questions, post them on the comments and I'll answer! For now, here's a photo of me and Ben for you to nosey at...