Tobias studied design at Münster, concentrating on the fields of illustration and media design. He later spent two years lecturing at the School of Design in Münster which, he says, also taught him a lot about his own practice.
Tobias likes to take a playful and open approach to image making, to experiment and consider various solutions to each brief. He’ll sketch different versions to help decide on which route to take. Most of his work is done using 3D software, and recently he’s been exploring 3D scanning and the use of virtual reality tools like Oculus Rift.
Much of the work in Tobias’ portfolio focuses on creating new settings, and inventing charming and unusual worlds. However, he also creates highly realistic 3D objects, stylish cutaway renders and fascinating character concepts. He can animate in a range of styles – cartoony, claymation, vector, hi res CGI and more.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Tobias: When I was a boy, I did a photo of a toy dinosaur together with some grass and wanted to show that I had traveled into the past. Unfortunately nobody believed me. But I am still creating my beloved own little worlds. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Tobias: I studied illustration and media design in Munster and experimented with a lot of different techniques. Question: Where do you live? In Hamburg. Tobias: In a flat-share with 7 other various people. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Tobias: I share my workroom with 2 other designers from the film and online sectors. We separated the office into two rooms: one is tidy and structured, where the digital work is being done. And the other one is the chaotic and playful craftroom for the analog work, paintings, paper sculptures and photography. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Tobias: My flat-share. Because I live with so many people having different jobs (editor, criminologist, chemist, psychologist, waiter, engineer…) I get a lot of input. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Tobias: At most times there is a paper behind the sofa with old horoscopes. If that won´t work I through Dartdiscs at pointy arrows. Question: What technique do you use? Tobias: That depends on the kind of job. I like best to combine analog and digital techniques. The 3D program is in the end the most complex and variable program, which gives me a lot of creative freedom and room for easy corrections. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Tobias: I like any one of them because I enjoy it to think myself into a new theme every time. Lately I had much fun doing 4 little miniature worlds for a Sunday paper. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Tobias: I am very interested in the cutting point of analog and digital media. To get work into the computer and back out of it. The combination of alternative methods. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Tobias: Herr Orm. I adore how he radically overrides any rules. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Tobias: Yes, but it also has a lot of text. Question: What are your hobbies? Tobias: I read a lot in my spare time. I am very interested in the psychology of perception, the new field of neuroestethics, and some areas of neurology. (Heinz v. Förster, Luhmann, Bateson, Varela, Maturana, ...) Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Tobias: Since I am very interested in neurology, I probably would have started a career in researching artificial existences. Question: Who would you like to meet? Tobias: Our landlord. He is supposed to be an elderly and friendly man.
Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Tobias: Since no one believed in my blurred dinosaur photos, I lost interest in traveling back in time. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Tobias: Very mixed. Electro via Hip Hop and Rock, but mostly definitely Tom Waits. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Tobias: As an adolescent I drew a zebra crossing on an out of service highway. It was painted black again the same night though. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Tobias: I would play lotto only like a friends of mine. Fill out the bill, don´t hand it in and be happy when the numbers don´t come. Question: Do you collect anything? Tobias: I collect quotes from my surrounding, books, dreams or alike and put them in my slip box. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Tobias: I don´t know the name of the game. I heard somebody call it "Corpses and Fish". Everybody writes a sentence on a piece of paper and passes it on in the round. On another paper, you then turn the sentence into a drawing which you then turn back into a sentence and so on. Like a two-dimensional and oscillating version of Chinese whisper.
Ültje, O2, Henkel, Skoda, Sony Ericsson. Ferrero, Ikea, Red Bull, OttoFavourites
: Wechselt oft. Momentan das Cintiq
: Senator Watrin im Karoviertel
: Kaffee (schwarz)