Ryan S. Thomason

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Ryan S. Thomason is a freelance calligrapher, illustrator, artist and craftsman, as you might have gathered from the sidebar. His interests and fascinations include extinct and otherwise obscure animals, the deep sea, outer space and the small-to-microscopic scale. His artistic inspiration starts with William Morris, in particular his dictum 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.' Other key artists include Sister Corita Kent, Saul Bass, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Rembrandt and Turner, medieval illumination and folk art.
He has worked with clients from far and wide, including New Zealand wineyards, Australian game designers and English bicycle makers, as well as private clients from at least thirty US states, France, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Canada and Singapore. Always versatile and quick to learn, his calligraphy projects have included Chinese, Russian, Punjab, and Elvish scripts.
There's an actual library in his house, mostly composed of sci-fi, fantasy, popular history, popular science and indie comics, with his particular literary heroes being Raymond Chandler, Terry Pratchett, Warren Ellis, Kurt Vonnegut, Cherie Priest, Jamie Smart, Scarlett Thomas, Garth Ennis, Joe Abercrombie, Iain M. Banks, Neil Gaiman and Naomi Novik.


I am always happy to discuss commissions, from whole sets of hand-written wedding stationery to a single greetings card. Past projects have included:
  • Wine labels
  • Game background graphics
  • Illustrated poetry, 16" x 20"
  • Wedding crests
  • Wedding stationery - place cards, seating plan and invites
  • Maps for fantasy books
  • Custom paintings
  • Hand-written LP's
  • Company logos, especially photographers
  • Hand-bound leather notebooks with written titles
  • A gutted, mounted and framed games console
  • A custom calligraphy supplies box (artist's own)
  • Love letters
  • Wedding readings (wedding readings as a result of love letters will get a Free Gift and Much Applause)
  • Paper anniversary gifts
  • Custom birthday cards
  • Hand-written shopping bags
I consult throughout my design process, and pride myself on accurate work, good communication and quick turn-around times. All paper pieces are delivered in mailing tubes, and tracked and signed postage is available for all pieces.


Ryan can be contacted by email at ryan@ryansthomason.com, and will usually respond on the same day. Other avenues you can try include carrier pigeon, smoke signals, and waiting at the window seat in the Stag and Hen at 2:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Failing those, you can try @rsthomason on twitter or rsthomason.tumblr.com.

It's probably going to turn out fine in the end. Till then, take care of yourself, light a fire inside, and curse the darkness loud and clear.

2018 Ryan S. Thomason