After graduating from Acme College in penmanship, Tom Thomson began his career as a commerical artist, responsible for designing, drawing and lettering advertisements for customers.
"At that time he worked in pen and ink, watercolour and black and white wash. He was continually looking over the various magazines, giving the advertisements a great deal of study, principally from the standpoint of decoration. It was a regular game with him to pick the best of them, change the entire design to suit his own ideas, and then compare their perspective merits.”
- Ralph Thomson, younger brother (3 years)