Jode began her career as an art director at various agencies in Calgary Alberta, Canada. In the late 1980’s she left to start her own studio which focused on design and illustration. Her passion was always illustration and in the mid 1990’s, after the birth of her son, she made the leap to full time illustration. In the beginning, all work was done traditionally or “on the board”. Things have changed since then and now all her commercial illustration is done digitally from start to finish, using mainly Painter but also, when the job calls for it, Illustrator and Photoshop. Going digital has changed her business in many ways, the best of which is that she can work from wherever she chooses yet still be connected with clients all over the world.www.jodethompson.com.