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There's no other possible explanation...
I'm just outrageously Vanessa!

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Art Vs. Artist - Vanessa J. Thompson

About Me: 

Hi! My name is Vanessa J. Thompson. I graduated with a BFA in illustration from Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC, USA. I currently live in Columbia, SC.


I am a caricature artist, who works on commissioned pieces and entertains at live events (birthday parties, wedding receptions, expos, mitzvahs, etc.). 


I am also a children's book illustrator, working mainly with self-published authors at the moment, hoping to branch into the world of traditional publishing soon.

I enjoy watching LOTS of anime and animated Disney movies; singing (mostly off-key); and wearing crazy costumes and colorful, vivacious wigs! I probably have enough to open my own small town costume shop!! I've even dabbled in some face-painting here and there...
(see Grenchessa Bah Humbug Grump).

Other than being known for rocking purple hair, my Grenchessa Grump costume is pretty famous around these parts! She brightens up people's days during the Christmas season in Columbia, SC, unlike her super- duper-extremely-distant-a-bajillion-times-removed relative... I am sure you can guess who! Hint: He's a Mean One. 

As my personal motto goes:
"There's no other possible explanation...
I'm just outrageously Vanessa!"

My Children's Books:

No Fear For Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9
written by Kimberly P. Johnson c. 2014

The Song of the Armadillo: Coloring & Activity Book

written/ illustrated/ designed by yours truly! c. 2016

The Song of the Armadillo (storybook)

c. 2016-2017

The Song of the Armadillo: Coloring & Activity Books One, Two, and Three

c. 2016-2017

The Song of the Armadillo: Activity Workbook

c. 2017


The Little Foresters Adventures With Larry the Logger written by Dana Bloome c. 2020

Other Books:

Good Morning, Little Pretty Girl

An adult-coloring book and life journal

written by Tabitha Hall-Pennon c. 2019

Purple haired girl with hoodie, tutu, shorts, rainbow socks; holding a pencil and paint brush



I am an independent contractor with these various entertainment companies. You can book me through their websites, as well. This is especially handy if you are in need of other services, such as face painting, henna, airbrush tattoos, or balloon twisting, etc.


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Hello there!

Want to get quotes for my illustration services for your self-published children's book or coloring book? Would you like to commission me to draw a caricature of you or someone dear to you?

Or if you just want to say, "Hi!" Please fill out the form below!

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Keep in contact and stay up to date with my Outrageously Vanessa-ness on my Facebook business page !
Or Instagram @OutrageouslyVanessa 



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Photograph of Vanessa J. Thompson - freelance artist / kid lit illustrator and caricature artist
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