Artist of the Day: LeSean Thomas

LeSean Thomas

LeSean Thomas’s path as an artist has taken him from the South Bronx, to Los Angeles, to Seoul, and back to Los Angeles again. Starting out self-taught in the late ’90s, he worked on the first regular Flash animated series on the web, WhirlGirl, as designer, storyboard and layout artist. Since then, he’s worked on shows such as The Boondocks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Legend of Korra, and Black Dynamite, the latter for which he is supervising director.

LeSean Thomas

His thirst for understanding the production process from start to finish drove him to take the drastic step of moving to Korea to work directly in a studio there that services the U.S. animation industry. He describes more about this in a documentary series, The Seoul Sessions, and his TEDxSinchon talk here:

LeSean Thomas

He has a blog and website where you can find more production drawings, sketches and his self-published sketchbook collections.

LeSean Thomas

LeSean Thomas

LeSean Thomas

LeSean Thomas


  • http://www.facebook.com/jsidhom Jonah Sidhom

    I love his work, all his drawings are so appealing and dimensional. They all feel real.

    • martin

      fan of his work too. its largely based off animation artists in japan. they have a more realistic structure to their drawings (vs western animation artists).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Dudley/39610885 Alex Dudley

    Awesome.

    I love that pic with Korra and Black Dynamite together.

  • http://twitter.com/gradeafun Grady Williams

    Not only is the work top notch, but getting out there to Korea and learning the whole process is admirable.

  • JWLane

    I had watched his TED talk before; a good addition to this CB category.

  • Fraeya

    these are totally awesome ! That series of drawings of the girl and the rock monster are really intriguing. I wish I knew the story behind them.

  • http://twitter.com/LeSeanThomas LeSean Thomas

    Thanks guys! Humbled! And thank you, Chris! :-)