Thies’s speed comes to the fore when he works for his newspaper clients, turning around a witty cartoon in a matter of hours. But he also enjoys working on more involved commissions like children’s books, or campaigns where he collaborates with a wider team of experts.
Based in Hanover, Thies is inspired by 1960s pop culture, the Jetsons, the Pink Panther and directors including Wes Anderson and Tim Burton.
Each image is prepared through a series of pencil sketches and completed using a mixture of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Simple and clear, with strong forms and key lines that capture all the expression of his characters, Thies works in a style that’s ideal for games, apps, books and ad campaigns. He can create entire worlds or tell a story in one perfectly executed illustration.
2017 – Google Play Best of 2017 for Little Fire Station app
Question: Do you have any formal design training? Thies: Yes, I got my diploma in Hannover at the School for visual communication. Question: Where do you live? Thies: In Hannover, nice old building with a garden. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Thies: I share an office with 10 other creatives in a backyard loft. Question: What technique do you use? Thies: I draw by hand and then I finish and color everything digitally. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Thies: A movie poster. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Thies: Lots! Definitely the artists from the "Pictoplasma" scene. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Thies: Yes, but it´s a secret. Question: What are your hobbies? Thies: My family. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Thies: Astronaut? Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Thies: San Francisco in 1968. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Thies: Modern stuff. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Thies: Ding-dong ditch at our neighbours. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Thies: Yes and move on with some private projects. Question: Do you collect anything? Thies: Experience in life.
Handelsblatt, Storck, Manner, Sparda Bank, Primagas, Allianz, Henkel, dm, Commerzbank, Aspirin, Chiquita, MaggiFavourites
: Col-erase, Bleistift, Fineliner, Rechner (und Fotos, Texturen...)
: „die Bar“, Limmerstr. in H-Linden
: Mortadella mit Gesicht (nein, Scherz – lieber Falafel)
: Coconut Kiss (in der Strandbar am Hemminger Badesee) alkoholfrei und lecker