Erik Thurman


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Erik Thurman is a writer/illustrator who strongly believes in the power of visual communication and its ability to reach an audience regardless of language barriers. From the experiences that he obtained while working in the intelligence and communication fields with the military, Erik has sought to try to do more for the next generation than he possibly could while in uniform. This includes working as an educator building self-substaining arts and humanities programs around the world, promoting child empowerment and comprehensive education, and engaging social and political action through the use of non-fictional comics.

Oh, and occasionally he likes to draw.


English as a Foreign Language Instructor, Taereung High School, Seoul, Republic of Korea. 2011. Instructed communication in the English language to high school Korean students in Seoul's Dong-bu district.

Visual Arts Instructor, Caduang Tete National High School, Macabebe, Pampanga, Philippines. 2009 and 2011
Instructed Illustration to High School students pursing Journalism in the public school system in order to build a self-sustaining program in the visual arts.

Illustrator, Self-Employed in various locations. 2006-Present.
Skilled visual artist who has produced and worked with print illustration, fine art, and journalism. Artwork shows proficiency in visual communication and design, working with a wide range of subject matter and medium.

Major Works include:

"The American Immigrant" (tentative title, in progress); an illustrated travelogue/memoir including events about my life from 2011 to 2013. Immediately after college and loaded with student debt in the face of the Great Recession of the early 21st century, I will be leaving America in order to seek work abroad and make a living for myself. My travels take me through the Philippines as an art instructor and through South Korea as an English instructor. My work hopes to increase awareness on education's role in the USA and abroad and address the potential student debt bubble bursting in the near future.

"The Intellectual Ramblings of Samuel Flower"; illustrated short story about a Silicon Valley Arts and Entertainment critic who suffers from a particular type of brain cancer, and how he copes with the themes of mortality and companionship. 32 pages, color covers with b/w interiors.

Writer, Self-Employed in various locations. 2010-Present.
Skilled literary writer with experience predominately working in the travel writing and journalism fields. Works in predominately creative non-fiction on a wide range of current issues and events.

Enlisted Soldier, US Army, various locations, 2004-2005
Processes incoming reports and messages; assists in maintaining intelligence records, files, and situational maps; assists in preparation of consolidated reports, maps, overlays, and aerial photographs; proofreads and assembles individual intelligence reports; safeguards classified information; uses computers for analytical tools, database access, networking, and office applications.


San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA
Bachelors of Arts; Art (Emphasis in Pictorial Arts)

Bridge Linguatec, Inc., Denver, Colorado, USA
100-hour TEFL Online Diploma

Modesto Junior College, Modesto, California, USA
Associates of Arts; Transfer Studies


"An American's Toilet Paper Nightmare in Southeast Asia." The Red Fez Issue 49. 2012

"The Barriers to Higher Education." Reed Magazine, "Volume 65". 2012.

"Seven Hours to Kill." 5x5 Literary Magazine, "Visitors". 2011.


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