Tom Watkins on Photoshop 25 Under 25

I was recently selected to take part in Adobe’s 25 Under 25 programme to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Photoshop. Alongside 25 other artists aged 25 or under, our work will be featured in a two week takeover of the @Photoshop Instagram account. My work was second in line to be featured, so the pressure was on!

The artwork I was commissioned to produce is abstract in nature, drawing on a combination of retro and futuristic themes, to celebrate Photoshop’s heritage as well as its future. It’s also full of movement, geometry and vivid gradiented colour, very typical of my style. Alongside the artwork I’ll also be featuring behind-the-scenes shots of me working, where I study Creative Advertising at Lincoln University, and a few other bits and bobs that make me, me.

For me, Photoshop is the king of design programs, it’s a powerhouse that can handle almost anything nowadays. Along with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop plays a key role in all my artwork – I still use other programs to do all my construction work, but Photoshop brings it all together, especially when it comes to colouring my work (which I agonise over, a lot).

All of my creations go straight onto my Behance portfolio, which has grown into an amazing platform to showcase work and I’m humbled by the overwhelming reception my projects have received. Although I can’t really say where my future lies, I’m currently illustrating a children’s book, while doing a bit of film work. Job wise, I’d ideally like to freelance for Google and Apple. Realistically, though, I want to work anywhere where I can be creative and help change the world for the better, as long as they have a table tennis table!

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Tom Watkins


About Tom Watkins

Tom is a 20 year old award-winning student studying Creative Advertising at the University of Lincoln. An aspiring Art Director and self-taught designer, Tom has a strong passion for colour, geometry and moving image. He has produced a vast portfolio of creative work as displayed on Behance_ ranging from branding work to photo-manipulation, Illustration, Film and Photography._

As an Adobe “New Creative”, Tom was profiled as part of Adobe’s #MadeThis Campaign for his design work for popular skincare retailer Body Shop. He was recently selected to take part in Adobe’s 25 Under 25 programme to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop. Tom was also an attendee of the prestigious D&AD academy and has participated in a number of Adobe creative jams, notably winning in November 2014.