Bruce Thomson feels compelled to paint. He attended the Ontario College of Art, graduating from the Industrial Design Program where his favorite subjects were automotive. It was at this time that Bruce saw a painting of an F1 car in a store window and thought; “I could do better than that”. And he did. Thus began his obsession with the visual archiving of automobilia through sketching, illustration, and painting. Not satisfied with this, Bruce attended the Royal College of Art Vehicle Design Program in London, England where he sketched, conceived, drew and learned from some of the most talented and creative people in the design field. On graduation, he worked for Ford of Europe in Köln Germany, before returning to Canada to work as a Professor in the Industrial design Department at Humber College in Toronto where he teaches, amongst other things, automotive design.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Bruce shares a very personal and challenging time in his life in a career he didn’t enjoy and a failing marriage. Listen to how with the help of his friends he recreated his life and career. A very inspirational story indeed.
After writing a long email to a friend about his experience looking for a classic car, Bruce’s friend suggested he start a blog about his search. And so a new website was created titled
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A Suzuki 750 Katana
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Keep the shiny side up due to Bruce’s extensive motorcycle riding.
There’s nothing more expensive than a cheap Jag.
FAVORITE AUTOMOTIVE RESOURCES
The Decline and Fall of the American Automobile Industry – Brock Yates
Thinking Small– Andrea Hiott
Stay safe. Keep your seat belt buckled. Enjoy yourself.
HOW TO FIND BRUCE
Caught in My Headlights – www.brucethomsonsketchsite.wordpress.com
Kicking Vintage Tyres – www.kickingvintagetyres.wordpress.com
Thomson Studio – www.thomsonstudio.com
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